Aby-a-Day – 7 September: Hold that tiger! (Fashion Friday)

At the same venue our last cat show was held, there was a “loppis” (flea market) held outside during some horse racing. And of course we had to go check it out! I was lucky enough to discover this really cool tiger rug in one of the stalls for only 50kr (about $5.50)!

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It came originally from a chain called Rusta, and according to a quick Google search for “Rusta Tiger Mattor,” it seems to have been available, and, apparently, a very popular Jul gift between 2009 and 2011.

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Of course the moment I put it on the floor, it attracted a cat.

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And then it attracted another.

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As a cat-trap, it works fairly well. At least, it works better than a circle of tape on the floor.

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And then, the cutest thing happened. Oh, Jacoby tried to hide it with his tail…

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…but he couldn’t hide it completely. Nope, he was licking Lorelai on the top of the head!

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After that, Jake wandered off, and Izaak decided that the tiger needed a mousie, too.

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Look at Rory’s face!

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She’s like, “Really? We have this cool tiger rug to play with, and you bring a mousie?”

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But back to the tiger…it’s really well made, with a nicely-shaped, probably styrofoam-based head with really nice eyes, nose, and whiskers. The fur is pretty high quality, too.

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The tail is well done, too. It’s nearly exactly the way they lay out real animal-skin pelts for rugs.

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It’s also really long. It reaches all the way to the back of his head.

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Zak thought it was fun to play with, too.

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As you can see, compared to Zak, it’s a very good size.

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Oh, look. Rory’s back.

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Let’s wrassle!

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Okay back to examining the tiger…oh, wait…

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Oh, hey! My mousie!

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“What?”

Aby-a-Day – 30 July: Mars Liv 1980’s bronze cat statues (Miniature Monday)

One day Björn and I were at one of our favourite second-hand stores, and we came across three very interesting bronze cat statues from the 1980’s. The detail was rather marvelous on them, and they were quite solid. Of course, I couldn’t leave them behind. All three are signed by Magnus G:son Liedholm, who, we discovered, is well-known Swedish metal artist.

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All of the cats have “MARS LIV” and a year on a separate bronze plate. The oldest is dated 1985 and is a rather plain standing cat.

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The next one, dated 1986, is a stretching cat.

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I love that the two front paws are not together.

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My favourite is the third statue, dated 1988, with a cat rolling playfully onto its back. I love the one paw in the air!

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No matter how hard we Googled, we could not find out what “Mars Liv” is or was. But we did discover that there is at least one other statue out there, a sitting cat with several kittens (?) inside. It also appears that they used the same cats for different years and also multiple cats for the same years; we found the standing cat also dated ’83 and ’84, the lying cat dated ’84, and the stretching cat dated ’85. I wish I could discover what they were made to commemorate, because they are just so wonderful.

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But you knew I couldn’t get through a post without a little help…

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Oh, hello, Lorelai.

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What would I ever do without you, Rory?