Aby-a-Day – 3 Juni: How I spent my birthday (Thursday Things)

Björn asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I said, “go to the second-hand store and to eat at Max (Sweden’s best burgers)“. And so we did.

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Björn gave me a Schleich Bengal (I collect Schleich cats)…

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…a paint-by-numbers kit and some vintage cat books.

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At the second-hand store I scored a beautiful Egyptian cat statue (which Lorelai was quite taken with)…

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…and a Rosa Ljung ceramic cat.

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But the BEST thing we found was when we checked out a new pet store in town, Dogman. There I found FREEZE-DRIED Vaisto cat food (I have been wanting to give Angel freeze-dried instead of raw, but couldn’t find it in Sweden), some dried chicken treats, and an interesting duck “cat sausage” that I am hoping Izaak will eat, because it will be easier to travel with that than with frozen raw food.

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AND we found 1kg bags of frozen chicken necks! We had been buying Vaisto Mush necks in 800g bags, but they’ve been in short supply lately, and these are much better (and cheaper). Zak, as you know, LOVES his necks! All in all, not a bad birthday.

Aby-a-Day – 29 Maj: Dashiell with hair brighter than the sun (Swedish Saturday)

As I mentioned the other day, Dashiell is gradually becoming more comforatble outside.

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You can see it in his eyes and in his gait.

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He’s getting much braver. We still have to catch him and bring him outside – he doesn’t eagerly race out like the other three – but once he IS out, he enjoys it.

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But look how incredibly shiny his coat is! I don’t remember Jacoby being quite this shiny. I think it’s because Dash eats more raw food. Jake refused to eat it. He would eat his other food and leave just the raw behind (kind of like Izaak in reverse). I can’t wait to take him to a cat show!

Aby-a-Day – 9 August 2020: This Cat Is NICK OFFERMAN (Silly Sunday)

As I’ve mentioned before, people keep telling me that Izaak looks like Ron Swanson, a character on the TV show Parks and Recreation Last night, Zak was looking especially Swansonesque and I manage to capture it. Today, I posted these two photos of Zak in the Facebook group This Cat Is NICK OFFERMAN (yes, there is a Facebook dedicated to cats who look like the actor who plays Ron Swanson).

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I posted them with the caption “Izaak would like to enjoy his chicken neck now and in solitude, please and thank you.” It’s fun to see people enjoying my silly cat.

Aby-a-Day – 2 Februari 2020: “That’s when they come for your whole neck” (Cinema Sunday)

I’ve written before about how much Izaak enjoys his raw chicken necks.

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I mean, he REALLY loves them. Here he is, trying to grab a neck from the bowl.

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He actually did manage to snag one!

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But then Lorelai happened.

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The funny thing is, Dashiell is just as mad for chicken necks as Zak is. He just expresses it differently.

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Bone appetit!

Here’s the full video showing what happens when it’s neck o’clock.

Aby-a-Day – 8 Januari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (TFW you get meat stuck in your teeth…)

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Aby-a-Day – 16 Februari: Alla hjärtans dag (Very Aby Holidays)

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Björn found a package of chicken hearts in the “Ät Snart” (past date meats) bin at our loval ICA. He thought the cats might like them…

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…Gee. Raw meat. What’s not to like? We served them to the LunaTicks on Valentine’s Day (of course). So I rinsed the hearts off…

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…And served them to our feline family.

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Angel, Alfred and Izaak, not too surprisingly as they are our biggest raw food eaters.

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Still, Jacoby and Lorelai joined in to eat some hearts.

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Angel gets nervous eating close to the other cats (probably something to do with someone stealing her food in her foster home), so she took her heart a little ways away to eat it.

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Not that anyone was looking at her specific heart. There was enough for everyone.

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I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day hearts.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Februari: Entering the Terrible Twos

Today is Alfred’s second birthday!

I made Freddy a cake just like last year, but this time nobody ATE the candle.

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Here is the uneaten candle being lit.

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Whilst Jacoby and Angel will eat their cakes with no concern for the fire on top…Freddy was not so sure.

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He actually seemed a bit intimidated by the flickering flame.

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I tried to coax him into trusting it. But he never did.

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In fact, he wouldn’t even eat his cake once the candle was blown out and removed.

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Since he didn’t want to eat his cake, I gave him his birthday present: a raw chicken neck.

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That was what he wanted! He took it under our extra chair, which, judging by the spare rib bone that was already there, is his place to drag his trophies.

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Well, happy second birthday regardless, Alfred!

Aby-a-Day – 24 November: “Waiting patiently for the fattest bone is a cat’s lifestyle.”

On Thursday, I posted about our early Thanksgiving goose. But I saved the best part for today…and of course, the best part of any bird is the neck! Usually, I bake it alongside the bird and eat it myself as a snack. But since Izaak loves his chicken necks so much, I decided to let him have the goose neck.

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I know these photos are blurry, but look how excited he is!

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Gimme!

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The neck was nearly as long as he is!

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Lorelai and Alfred were very interested in the neck, too.

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Rory was willing to dance for it!

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It’s hard to see in the photos, but Zak is really pulling on the bone! He’s like a little terrier.

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He’s growling, too.

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The growling got louder when Freddy couldn’t stand it any more and hopped up on the counter to get closer to the meat.

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You have to admire Freddy’s chutzpah, though…despite the growling from the little Singa, he still tried to take the neck.

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Finally, I cut off a small piece of the neck and gave it to Zak.

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I always give him his neck in the house, so he can eat them without being bothered by the others…and also so it doesn’t get dragged all over the house.

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However, it turned out that, excited as Zak was about the prospect of the neck…he doesn’t like goose necks. So, when I opened the house to let him out, Rory stole the neck…

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…and proceeded to eat it in the living room.

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So much for not having raw meat dragged all over the house, eh?

Aby-a-Day – 23 August: Picky eater (Thursday Things)

Izaak loves raw food. I feed Vaisto Raw food from Finland. The problem is, he loves raw food to the exclusion of all other food.

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I mean, he LOVES. To the point where he wont eat anything else. Even Bozita, which is as close to raw as you can get. And yet, Zak will have none of it.

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I mean, seriously….LOOK at this. He eats. Around. The food that isn’t raw. No matter how well I mix them together.

Aby-a-Day – 5 August: MINE (Singapura Sunday)

Recently our nearby pet store started carrying Vaisto Mush frozen chicken necks. This is the same brand that makes the raw balls I feed them, so I thought I would get them to see if they liked them. At the very least, I thought, Alfred will eat them because he loves to chew on bones.

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Well, I wasn’t wrong. Freddy does like them. But I was surprised that Izaak really loved them.

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This is the very first time I gave Zak a chicken neck. Not only did he attack it, but he guarded it, growling and snarling as he ate it.

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Despite being the smallest cat in our household (and this was right after he came to live with us), he managed to keep Jacoby, Lorelai and Freddy at bay. Angel didn’t even try.

Here’s a video of that first encounter with a chicken neck. I hope you can hear the growling!

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Zak is now addicted to these things. Everytime I go near the refrigerator, he yells at me to open the door and give him a neck! I try to limit them, because too many bones can cause constipation. But it’s hard not to give him one when he is so insistent.

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And he is so funny to watch! Even if no cat is around, he growls, snarls and hisses.

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…But if anyone gets too close…

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Look at Freddy! He doesn’t even try to take it from Zak! He knows from past encounters, he can’t win.

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The best he can do is hope for leftovers. Even though he weighs more than double what Zak does (4kg to Zak’s 1.8kg), he just won’t go there.

Here’s a video I made this afternoon showing the stand off. Towards the beginning, Zak hisses with his mouth full of neck. It’s pretty funny to hear!