Aby-a-Day – 21 October: Another outside adventure…with an audience (Swedish Cinema Sunday)

Last weekend we enjoyed gorgeous weather, so I took Izaak and Lorelai out for some “being offleash” practice.

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The main reason was, I wanted to check what that flash of red I could see out our window.

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Turns out, someone had dumped their windowbox geraniums out onto the hill, and they were managing to survive on the dirt they were planted in.

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They’re actually really pretty out there, and I hope they can survive, but I have a feeling that they won’t live past the first snow.

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Rory especially loves to explore the outside world…to the point that it’s really hard for us to get out of our front door.

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Rory also has to check out the rugbeater. Every. Single. Time. We go outside. She loves that thing.

After the rugbeater, we visited the sandbox/swings area that we visited before. But whilst we were there, we heard plaintive meowing.

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Turns out, it was Alfred. He wanted to be out there, too…but after the last time we tried to let Freddy out off-leash, that was pretty much a non-starter.

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Jacoby was just out there because he heard my voice.

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Rory and Zak knew Jake and Freddy were up there…but I don’t think they cared, because they were running around outside.

Aby-a-Day – 16 October: “People are proud of their tattoos. It’s like a modern coat of arms” (Cartoon Tuesday)

On Friday, Linus finished my tattoo honouring Gun-Hee and Logan

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This is just after the shading on Logan was finished. Linus worked hard to find just the exact right shades of brown.

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He really captured Logan’s expression and cute slight underbite.

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Here we are checking it out in the mirror.

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The green in Logan’s eyes should deepen as the tattoo heals.

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Because it’s hard to get the whole tattoo in one photo, Linus made a short video as well. I asked him to take one with my phone, so you can see it “live” by clicking on the image above.

Aby-a-Day – 14 October: “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way” (Cinema Sunday)

Unlike Abyssinians, Singapuras are lap cats.

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Sit down, make a lap…get a Singa in it. Especially if you have on a dress or skirt; they seem to really like the hammock effect.

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But this story actually starts on Björn’s lap.

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Both Izaak and Lorelai wanted to be on Björn’s lap.

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Although it wasn’t particularly a comfortable sharing.

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My lap was busy working on this blog at the time, so Zak went over to Björn’s lap. But Rory thought that Daddy’s lap belonged to her.

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She tried some pretty passive-aggressive tricks to shift him, to no avail.

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Until..

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…She got the idea to attack his tail. Move the tail, move the cat, is Rory’s motto.

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You can see how that went for her here (click the image to watch the video; sound is advised).

Aby-a-Day – 8 October: The final countdown (Movie Monday)

Izaak’s judge on Sunday was Daria Lukasik, from Poland. When judges in FIFe get cats’ information, they only know the age, sex and colour. Nothing more.

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Despite knowing nothing else about Zak, Judge Daria loved him. It’s almost like she knew he came from Poland, without actually knowing it.

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Like, threatened to take him home with her in her bag. More than once.

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In FIFe, judges write up a sheet on each cat with their assessments. It’s actually pretty great, because you get a copy of it for your show book, so you have in writing what each judge though of your cat.

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Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Zak helped while Daria wrote up her observations on him. She also put heart stickers on his sheet, which she said he helped select.

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Because Singapuras are at the end of the Category 3 judging, instead of going back to our benching cage while waiting for the NOM selection, we just sat nearby and waited. This is where Zak and Lorelai are better at FIFe shows than Jacoby is…Jake just doesn’t do sitting around waiting well.

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In the end, Zak was up for the NOM against a white Kurilian Bobtail and a Bengal.

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(Click to play video) It was very close…but in the end the Bengal won the NOM.

Aby-a-Day – 30 September: Tiger by the tail (Silly Cinema Sunday)

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A month or so ago, Izaak and Alfred were lazing together on the sofa next to us when Zak idly started to play with Freddy’s tail.

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It reminded me of those videos of young lions playing with the head male lion’s tail.

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Zak went from attacking Freddy’s tail, to licking it lovingly…

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…and back to biting it again.

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It was super cute to watch.

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And you know Freddy was twitching his tail for Zak to play with.

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Zak seemed to be having an excellent time with Freddy’s tail.

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Oh…and, we’re back to licking.

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When Zak went from biting Freddy’s tail to biting his leg, Freddy started to object.

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Okay, Freddy…back to the tail, then.

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Wait…just one more bite to your leg, okay?

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Then Zak got a little distracted by his own tail.

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…Annnnddd…back to Freddy’s tail.

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“Oh no! It’s getting away! Get it! GET IT!”

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The photos were looking so great and funny that I thought I should take a little video, too.

You can probably guess what happened next…

Aby-a-Day – 23 September: Sand cats (Cinema Swedish Sunday)

Continuing yesterday’s post…After we hunted pigeons, we went to the swingset to play in the sand.

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Lorelai loved digging in the sand.

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Meanwhile, Izaak appreciated the camouflage properties of the sand.

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It was hilarious to watch them play in the sand.

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Watch Zak “hunt” Rory…

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…And…BOOM!

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Severe lack of follow-through, though.

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More clever stalking on Zak’s part…but no more spectacular ambushes.

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It was just so much fun watching them play in that sand! I made a movie of it, here:

You can see for yourself how much fun they had in that sand around the swingset.

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But the saddest part of the afternoon is, whilst we were playing around the swings, we kept hearing this plaintful meowing. It turned out to be Alfred, watching us from the kitchen. Poor Freddy! But there’s a reason Freddy doesn’t get to go out with us on leash-free training…

Aby-a-Day – 19 August: Cat Show Wrap-up (Cat Show Cinema Sunday)

Okay, first off I need to apologise for today’s post. We are all four of us exhausted after a long, hot day at the show and what ended up being a nearly six-hour trip home with the kittens’ stroller and two wicked heavy bags. But I also know how much you want to know what happened.

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It was a very interesting Abyssinian class this show. Six ruddies, eight blues, four reds and a fawn! I don’t think I have been to a show when the blues dominated the breed.

On Saturday, Lorelai competed against her littermates Maya and Manne. Rory took Ex2, Maya Ex1 and Manne was Best in Variety (BIV).

This was Izaak’s first show day, and he was up against a Bengal and an Ocicat in Class 12 (Kittens 4-6 months). He got an Ex1, but wasn’t nominated. However, our friend Jenny’s Singapura, S*Kustens Follia d’Amore aka Skilla, was nominated and won Best in Show (BIS)!

On Sunday, Rory again competed against her brother and sister, but this time, she was Ex1 and her sister Maya was Ex2. However, brother Manne still took BIV. He also got the NOM, but ultimately lost to a pretty Siamese.

Zak got another Ex1, and he was up against a Bengal for the Nomination. He lost to the Bengal, but it was a close decision.

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However, how Zak and Rory did in the show is nothing compared to how they did during the long trip involving regional trains, light rail trains, cabs and buses. It was hard on me and Björn, so I don’t know what two six month old kittens thought of all that.

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Zak and Rory were awesome throughout it all. They almost never meowed, they stayed on the table or in our laps on the train, they were unfazed by loud noises or dogs (there were two large dogs in our car), and other people barely noticed them – they were surprised to see kittens in out stroller instead of a child! And they did marvellously at the show itself, being unfazed by the noise or the other cats.

The other exciting part of the show was the Litter class. CFA doesn’t have this, but in FIFe, three or more kittens (under 7 months) are judged together as part of a litter and compete against other litters! On both days, there were no other Cat. 4 litters entered, so Kajza’s kittens were BIS. The littermates are also ranked within the litter, and on the first day, the ranking was Manne, then Maya, and finally Rory…but on the second day with a different judge, the ranking was Rory first, then Maya, and finally Manne. So it just goes to show how a different day and a different judge can change everthing.

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Here is a little movie that Eva made showing her star kittens (click image to see video).