Abner is not so Little Anymore!

Abner is not so Little Anymore!

by Leah

Abner & Cirrus

Abner & Cirrus

My husband found Abner as a stray kitten about 8 years ago, in Columbia, SC. He quickly grew into a very large tom. I was concerned about his weight (about 16 pounds), but my vet said it was fine for his large frame.

Abner's coloring is actually very similar to Jill's cat Mickey, except that Abner has the classic tabby pattern instead of mackerel.

Abner may be big, but he is about as brave as a kitten. My much smaller, 20-year-old female Cirrus can still boss him around! Also, if a stranger pulls up in the driveway he quickly slinks away behind our clothes dryer. A bit of coaxing and sweet talk and he comes out purring and rubbing.

He is quite a vocal kitty too -- not so much meows, but other funny noises. He chirps at birds all the time; (hummingbirds are is favorite to watch.) He also "talks" in his sleep and makes a lot of sighs and snorts.

He's certainly a lot of cat to love!

p.s. I will work on getting a better photo to show his full size, but for now I am using my other cat for comparison. She is an average-sized cat of about 8 lbs.

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Abner is not so Little Anymore!

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Oct 10, 2009 beautiful
by: kathy

What a beautiful cat.

Oct 10, 2009 Lil' Abner
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Leah. Great pictures - I particularly like the one with his paw over his eyes. He seems like a very lovable cat.
I agree with your vet - 16 pounds (7,3 kg) is no problem for a big 8 year male like Abner. Did you name him from the cartoon character? It's a great name for a laid back tomcat.
There's nothing strange about him being bossed around by a much smaller cat. Those roles were probably established right from the start and contrary to humans, cats don't insist on futile rematches. I would imagine Cirrus is a tough little old lady. 😉
Some day - and hopefully not too soon - when he becomes the elder, most likely he'll make a great uncle for a younger cat should you choose to get one.

Oct 10, 2009 More Pics
by: Michael

Here are some more pics of Abner:

Abner a large moggie cat

Abner a large moggie cat

Abner a large moggie cat

Abner a large moggie cat

Thanks Leah for the new pics. He is gorgeous.

Oct 09, 2009 Nice comparison
by: Michael

I think the picture makes for a nice comparison on size. 16 lbs is large but on a survey on the largest cat breed page most entries state their cats are in the 12 to 18 lbs (5.4 kg to 8.16 kg) range. This appears extraordinary but seems to suggest that the domestic is getting bigger or my thought that the average was in the region 5-10 pounds is too small.

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