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The Abby Chronicles–Watching My Human Exercise

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Chapter XXIII

The younger human moves around on the bed before she gets up. She calls this exercising. I exercise when I chase my tail or play with my toys. The younger human doesn’t have a tail to chase, or toys to play with—poor human!—so she exercises instead.

When I first saw her doing this I thought something was wrong. But she does this almost every morning, so nothing is wrong.

She starts by raising one back leg to her chest several times, then the other back leg. She raises her back legs up straight in the air, one leg at a time, several times. She moves her back paws in circles, then to-and-fro, like I do when I’m swishing my tail. Some days she moves her front legs up-and-down, up-and-down in the air. I laugh inside so she doesn’t know I’m laughing, but some days it’s hard not to meow-laugh out loud. It’s so entertaining!

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The Abby Chronicles–I Get a New Toy!

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Chapter XXII

I wrote here how much I liked playing with my toy that had a stuffed bird on one end. The human held the wand on the other end, and either dragged it along or bounced it. It was a lot of fun pouncing on it.

Well, that toy fell apart and I couldn’t play with it any more. So, I made do by chasing my tail on those odd moments when I wanted to burn off energy. I have a long, fluffy tail, and of course it’s always attached, so I know I won’t lose it. Sometimes I did manage to actually catch my tail, though it didn’t stay caught for long. Sometimes I almost made myself dizzy, too! Then I sat down as dignified as I could be, though it’s hard to be dignified when the humans were laughing so hard.

Yesterday the younger human went away for awhile. When she came home she gave me a new toy! It’s the same kind as the old one. I smelled it; it was definitely new; no other cat had been around it. The human dragged it along on the floor; I chased it and smacked it with my paw, just to let the toy know who’s boss. I am happy to have another toy; I don’t have to rely on my tail anymore!

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The Abby Chronicles–I Have A New Job!

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Chapter XXI

The younger human has been spending more time sitting on the couch. That’s where she was awhile ago. Knowing her lap is soft and warm I jumped onto her lap. She was talking and listening to a long device. She held one end to her ear and the other end to her mouth.

Sometimes when she was listening she sighed and seemed stressed. The older human asked if she was “on hold” (whatever “on hold” is, I don’t know). The younger human said, “Yes, I’m on hold”. I snuggled up closer to her and nudged her hand with my head. She got the message and started petting my head. I started purring. She made comments about how nice it was to pet me. I noticed her stress level went down (cats notice that kind of thing) as she continued to pet my fur. I realized I gained a new job: help the human stay calm when she’s “on hold”.

I have a lot of jobs—no wonder I need my beauty sleep! 🙂

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The Abby Chronicles–Abby Has A Spa Day!

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Chapter XX

One day the younger human put my collar and leash on me and put me in the carrier. The older human told me, “You’re going to go to the kitty doctor to get your claws trimmed and mats taken out of your coat.” I thought, “Hmmm—the kitty doctor—I get treats there!”  The day promised to be more exciting. The younger human took me out to the car; she put my carrier on the back seat; and put herself in the front seat. The car said, “Vrooomm!” and off we went.

Once at the vet’s, it was the same weird routine as we’d run into before. You can read about it here if you want: The Abby Chronicles–Abby Goes to the Kitty Doctor–Round III, A Very Strange Visit The younger human talked into a very small box-like thing. She told me she hoped we didn’t have to wait as long as we had to before. Her hopes were answered as two female humans from the vet’s office came out and took me in the carrier. My human told them I liked going there because they gave me treats. One of the females from the vet’s office said, “You’ll get your treats, girlfriend!” A human called me “girlfriend”—can you imagine that! 🙂

Sometime later—I don’t know how long because we cats don’t keep track of time—the humans brought me back out to the car where my human waited. My claws were trimmed; those knotty, uncomfortable-to-lay-on mats were gone. I felt like a new cat! Oh—I had treats, too!

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The Abby Chronicles–Abby Goes to the Kitty Doctor–Round III, A Very Strange Visit

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Chapter XIX

The younger human took me to the kitty doctor’s one day. It was something different from the regular routine, so I was excited about that.

The younger human put me in the carrier and took me to the car. The car said, “Vroom!” and off we went.

When we got to the vet’s, there was another change in routine. Instead of the younger human getting my carrier out of the car and taking me into the office right away, she sat in the car and talked into a little box. The human kept turning around to me and saying, “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize we’d have to wait.” I could hear a bit of stress in her voice, but I was fine. I’m Abby, and Cool is my middle name. Besides, I was chillin’ in the carrier–literally. Because it was hot, before we left the house the human placed an ice pack on the bottom of the carrier. She covered the pack with an old towel, then put me on the towel. So, I was Good.

After the human talked in the little box some more, two humans came out from the vet’s office. The younger human lifted my carrier out of the car. I thought she would take me into the office, but no, one of the female humans from the vet’s took the carrier. She said something about, “due to the virus” and she would bring me back out when they were done.

Strange, isn’t it?

Anyway, I got my rabies shot and my treats (I really like that vet!) and the vet’s helper brought me out to the car. The younger human set my carrier on the back seat, started the car, the car said, “Vroom!” and we came home. Strange adventure over!

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The Abby Chronicles–Humans Do Weird Things

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Chapter XVIII

Have you ever noticed humans do weird, sometimes annoying things? They say cats do weird things. Humph! We cats have reasons behind the weird things we do, so they aren’t really weird. But humans–

I’ll give you an example. I walked into the living room and jumped up onto the older human’s lap. She put little metal things in the fur on her head. I smelled one of the metal things; it didn’t smell like anything I knew of. I wanted to help the human, since she seemed so intent on doing this strange procedure, but the younger human kept her arm in front of me, so I couldn’t help.

I’ll give you another example. The younger human had the nerve to poke me in the stomach! Would you believe that? I raised my paw to warn her that she was not to do that. Would you believe she poked me again! This time I grabbed her finger and put my mouth around it. This time she got the message. Talk about being annoying.

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The Abby Chronicles–Abby Has A Complaint

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Chapter XVII

I strolled into the laundry room, intending to use one of my litter boxes. I smelled both of them. Would you believe neither one had been cleaned out?! Major problem!

What gives, humans? Don’t you know I am a cat. I am fastidious! Moreover, I am Abby!

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The Abby Chronicles–Weird Things Humans Do

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Chapter XVI

Have you ever noticed humans do weird things?

For instance, one day I strolled through a room and saw the older human with her back paws in a tub of water. She said she was soaking her feet. Why would you want to deliberately keep your back paws in water for awhile?? You know, I’m a cat and I’m smart, but that’s beyond me.

Later, I walked into another room and saw her with her back paws propped up on a stand. She said she was trimming her toenails. Again, I was perplexed. I mean, to trim my claws I scratch something rough (like the couch—ssh, don’t tell the humans I live with!)

Sometimes the younger human calls me “The Big A”. That I don’t mind. But then she adds, “Wild and hairy”.  “Hairy?” Well, yes, I am “hairy”, or as I prefer, “furry”. I have a medium-length coat, and I’m proud of it, too! I am NOT wild, though! It’s been a long time since I’ve been wild, and I don’t want to go back to those days. Now, I have shelter out of the rain, the wind, and whatever else. No dogs, raccoons, or coyotes live in the house. No cars come in the house, either. I have food, water, and two litter boxes available. I have toys to play with, two humans to answer my beck and meow, and plenty of places to sleep. (Just don’t mention to the younger human that one of those places is the printer beside the computer.  It’ll be our secret, right?)

Oh, I digress. As I said, have you ever noticed humans do weird things? And humans think cats do weird things!

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The Abby Chronicles–My Humans are Entertainment Directors

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Chapter XV

We cats are intelligent animals. Any intelligent creature, such as cats, humans, ( and those slobbery, loud creatures known as dogs—ugh!) can become bored. I get bored, and then I get into what the humans I live with call “trouble”. I don’t call it “trouble”; I think of it as “amusing myself”.

Eventually the humans had enough of my antics, so now they are my entertainment directors. One of them brought out a catnip-filled sock, which is good for sniffing, sleeping on, and occasionally kicking vigorously. The other human produced a catnip-filled toy about the size of a mouse. Unlike a real mouse, this toy is tied to a stick. The human takes the stick and jerks it in the air or moves it across the carpet. That’s when the real fun begins. I give the toy some swift paw action, just to let it know who’s boss. I jump up in the air or stand up on my hind paws to swat it. Sometimes I bite it. I pretend not to realize the other end of the stick is held by a human (but as I wrote, we cats are intelligent).

Humm—I just realized something. As the humans are entertaining me, I am entertaining them!

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The Abby Chronicles–My Human Has a Reputation!

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Chapter XIV

I’ve noticed something about the humans I live with:  every time the younger human comes home from work or shopping, the humans sit down and eat something. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or night, for some reason, they eat! So, I figure, hmmm, if the humans eat when the younger human comes home, I should eat too, right? I mean, I’m the one and only fabulous feline of this house. So, I sit in front of my dish, and eventually, one of the humans feeds me.

The humans laugh and say that the younger human has a reputation–when she comes home, we eat!!

Oh–here she comes through the door now!

P.S. In case anyone gets the wrong idea, I want to say my humans do feed me other times, too.

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