Abacab, or The Abster, or Abster-Peanut, is
a ruddy Abyssinian female who was born in 1990. She was supposed
to be the foundation queen for Desert Moon cattery but she was never
destined to be a breeding cat. It took me four years to figure that
Ab was my first show cat. I wasn't really sure if she was show
quality or not, having little knowledge of the standard and cat
showing, but I could see no obvious, glaring faults, so we gave
it a try. Ab wasn't crazy about it and eventually I retired her,
after she made it pretty clear at one show that she'd rather stay
home and eat potato chips!
Ab is a typical active, busy Aby who likes to be into everything
and EAT everything, especially things she shouldn't eat. She likes
turkey, cheesecake, ice cream, and is downright obnoxious about
potato chips and French fries! I think I could have made a show
cat out of her if I could have convinced the judges to wave French
fries in her face instead of cat toys!
Ab is a healthy 16-year-old, except for some tooth problems. She
sleeps on my bed at night, shares my food, and occasionally scares
me by sneaking outside to chase birds or munch on grass. Some Aby
and Somali breeders insist that Abys and Somalis are not lap cats,
but Ab will happily make herself comfortable on our laps as we watch
TV at night.
Like all of my show cats, Ab has a musical name. She was named
for an album and song released by Genesis in 1981. When I was showing
her regularly, a good online friend made a set of cage curtains
for her, which had the "abacab" album art on the inside back, and
her name quilted in an apron that hung down to cover the cage trestle.
I used them even after I stopped showing Ab, because I liked them
After giving Ab a long break from the show ring, I decided to try
her at a small show in New Hampshire. She had tough competition
in the form of a younger and prettier ruddy Aby, but she made six
finals anyway. I went there hoping she would finish her Grand Championship,
but when I added up all the points, I discovered she is a Quad Grand.
Only one more hurdle to go and she will have earned the highest
title possible. Unfortunately, that hurdle is a BEST final, which
is going to be hard for her to get.
The above photo was taken in January 2005.