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Holly wrote at 2011-12-17 23:53:47
Marian - you've been very blessed!  Your post is from 2006, so I am assuming the worst, at this point.  I know folks probably told you that she was very lucky to have you, when, in fact, you know that you were lucky to have her!  I know, as I am the mother of a 21.5 year old Aby, and know that I am the very lucky one!  Rachel is the love of my life.  All though we've had a few close calls, she has just started to show her age this past year, and I am awfully afraid that we are running out of bookshelf space for her Comeback Kitty of the Year awards.  I had Rebecca, too,  who I lost at age 13 to diabetes - she was such an egoless bundle of love!  But since she passed, Rachel has picked up on all her sweetest traits.  They both have made me a better person, and I have no idea where I'd be now, if I didn't have them.  I wish I could get another 40 years out of Rachel.  Merry Christmas!


Rhiannon wrote at 2013-04-02 23:02:41
My ruddy Aby Sunne is almost 17. Good to hear that you Aby has lived to 30!


TB2 wrote at 2014-05-31 04:25:22
My abasynian just passed yesterday of almost 21 years. He was the best cat ever!  People often referred to him as a dog trapped in a cats body. Tax will be missed by all of us.  


Rambling Artist wrote at 2014-07-17 19:19:18
My Abby is approaching her 20th birthday August 6th. Registered, speyed, blind and deaf, she still has a good appetite and a beautiful glossy coat, but is very vocal in her demands. I thing she is entitled to be at that age.  


Jamie Metrano wrote at 2014-10-23 05:00:46
My female Abby, Jessie, is 21. Mostly blind and deaf but gets around fine. Never misses the litter box, eats well, and still jumps into the bed. Only uses stairs to go down. Jamie Metrano


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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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