Aby-a-Day – 22 March: You wanted a lap cat. Be careful what you wish for…(Thursday Things)

Cats and laptops…the love affair may seem like a recent phenomenon, but it actually goes back to printed books and newspapers. Cats love to sit on whatever their favourite human is reading when they want attention. The fact that laptops are warm is just a bonus. Even when the thing they sit on makes weird noises, cats love laptops. Now, I know I just posted about Logan and my laptop just two months ago, but it’s getting worse!

They’re searching for things on my computer! Although I’m not sure what “DQ9X700DXYŪ” is in Felinese.

They are also opening multiple tabs in Firefox (it was more than 30 empty tabs!) and printing things. I caught this one before a piece of paper was wasted, but they have actually printed things.


Angel has historically been the worst offender, but lately Logan has stolen her throne, so to speak. Of course, he’s a big believer in the “If not for sits, why is it made of warm?” school of thought, but he also just loves to sit on my lap. And when the laptop is on my lap, well…he’ll just have to make do, won’t he?


“I love my mommy, but her lap is busy with the hard thing. That’s okay, we can share mommy’s lap.”

Aby-a-Day – 9 March: Happy first birthday, Logan!

Today is Logan’s first birthday!


I made Logan the same cat food cake that I made Alfred for his birthday last month, except this time I added Swedish caviar to the corners.


Never having had a birthday cake, Logan was a little intimidated by the flame on the candle at first.



He quickly overcame his initial fears.


We have a show at the end of the month, so I had to be careful he didn’t singe any whiskers in his enthusiasm.


I gave him a little bit, even though it wasn’t mealtime.


He enjoyed it thoroughly.


After the cake came his present. I got him a Little Live Pets Ladybug with Baby.


They’re kind of like Hexbugs but shinier and cuter.


Of course he liked it! What cat wouldn’t?

Aby-a-Day – 7 March: Goodbye, Pyret (Wordless Wednesday)



Aby-a-Day – 3 March: “Some are born Abys, some achieve Abyness, and some have Abyssinians thrust upon them”

Shortly after Pyret was born, her mother disappeared, and her litter would have died if not rescued and bottle-fed. While Pyret had her littermates for a short while, she never had an adult cat to serve as teacher, mentor, and example. It wasn’t until Olivia arrived that Pyret learned any semblance of how to cat.


But then Olivia died in 2010, and Pyret was an only cat for six years before having her live invaded by two Abys.


Another year after that, another Aby and a Singapura were added into her household.


She hissed at them – a LOT – and she only cuddled or slept with Logan (because Logan never takes no for an answer), but I think part of her was happy to have other cats around. Maybe she would have preferred to have few cats sharing her home…


…but she clearly decided that they weren’t all bad.

And Björn noticed that the LunaTicks had a definite effect on Pyret.


Before she was invaded by the ticked horde, she never begged for food when Björn was eating or preparing a meal…unless he was eating a pizza with shrimp on it.


But after the Abys and Logan arrived…


…she started picking up their bad habits.


Cats learn by observation and example, and Pyret was quick to adopt the ways of the LunaTicks.


Who says you can’t teach an old cat new tricks?


Whenever any cat hears us cutting something in the kitchen, they come running in the hopes it may be meat.


We had a smoked lamb leg at New Year’s, and whenever we took it out to cut some meat off to eat we were swarmed by the LunaTicks…


…and also Pyret.


While she may not have been as proactive as the Abys and Logan in asking for bits of meat,


she was definitely a participant in the Hunger Games.


One fun thing we do with the cats is we play the “Hunt Crunchies” game. It’s simple to play: get some dry food and toss it, one piece at a time, and let the cats “catch” it.


The competition can get quite stiff.


The Abys, especially, are treacherous opponents, as they use their quick hands with impunity. That, and they are so food-oriented!


But even against the hungriest Abys on earth (Alfred and Jacoby), Pyret held her own. These last photos were only taken six months ago, and she was right there in the middle with the boys, catching crunchies!

Aby-a-Day – 25 February: Five cats doesn’t always feel like a lot (Swedish Sunday)

When I say I live with five cats, people are usually shocked and incredulous. “How can you live with five cats!? Don’t you feel claustrophic, with that many cats in an apartment?

Short answer, no, no we don’t. Firstly, one cat is 18 years old and not very active. Plus, it’s a big apartment, with an extra room in summer when we can open up the balcony.

But we have moments where we look around and ask, “Where the hell are all the cats? We have five cats…why can we not find any?

Well…we have Jacoby on the sofa next to Björn.


Then, going round the room anti-clockwise, we have…Logan in the little brown house-bed…


Grande dame Pyret asleep on her chair…


Angel in the house at the top of “her” cat tree…


And Alfred in the bed our friend Sanna-Leena sent Jake, on Harri’s old cat tree.

All of them, sound asleep. Except for feeding time, five cats are no more trouble than three or four. Trust me, I have had three cats, four cats, and (now) five cats…it just isn’t that much more work or trouble.

Aby-a-Day – 23 February: When the drapes match the rug (Fashion Friday)

Do you remember that scene in Garden State where Zach Braff’s character inadvertently wears a shirt that matches the wallpaper?


Well, Logan does. At least, he understands that feeling.


I tried Jacoby’s red and white Christmas hoodie on Logan…while forgetting that our bedspread has a similar pattern and colour scheme. Apparently, Logan remembered.