Photo Comments Sex: Female Weight: 9 lbs.
Leave a treat for Abigail 1991-2007
Catster stats for Abigail 1991-2007
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March 15th 1991
Absorbing warmth from the fireplace and cuddling in a blanket
Pens that she can knock off of a desk or counter.
Favorite Nap Spot:
In front of the fireplace
Wet food of any sort and french fries if she can steal them.
Being very cute and sweet
Abigail was spotted shortly after I walked into Purrfect Pals, a cat adoption sanctuary near Arlington, WA in May 2000. She was a striking red Abyssinian in a cage. It was certainly a situation that begged the questions, "What is a girl like you doing in a place like this?" And "Why are you in that cage?" It turned out that she had been surrendered two years before by her owner whose wife had recently died of cancer. For some reason, he just couldn't take care of her. She was seven years old at the time and had been removed from the only home she had ever known. What's more, she didn't get along with other cats and suddenly she was in an environment with over thirty other cats and kittens. The shelter volunteers even nicknamed her "Crabagail" because she always hissed and swatted at the other kitties. Two other families had adopted her and returned her in the two years she spent at Purrfect Pals before I came along. I fell in love with her from the moment I saw her. I went home to talk it over with my roommate and thought it over for a week, but returned the following weekend to pick her up, partly because I just couldn't bear to leave her in that situation. I think Abby was the result of an unscrupulous breeder who didn't know or care about the kitties they produced, and her previous owners were rumored to have been at least somewhat abusive towards her. She had numerous health and behavioral problems that we worked through, but we never gave up on her. She came home with me as a nervous, stand-offish cat who didn't like sitting on laps or being held. She had a horrible skin reaction to the Advantage that had been put on her before leaving the shelter and clumps of her fur fell out. It took time, gentle care, and good quality food, and over the next few months, her fur grew in softer and thicker, more like the "rabbit-like" fur that Abyssinians are supposed to have. She soon warmed up to us, and eventually loved being held, pet and cuddled. Abby was with us for seven wonderful years until she was sixteen, and I was always very humbled to have won her trust and affection, considering what sort of life she may have had before she came to us. We'll see you at the Rainbow Bridge with Chico, lovely girl!
I've Been On Catster Since:
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