The Abyssinian Cat Club of Australasia asked me to to be their patron this year so I wrote this story for their next journal which will be out soon.
Ariel P. Cat aka Nile Ariel is the Abyssinian cat of my dreams!
I first met one of these mini cougars at a friend’s house in Adelaide in 1974. I fell in love with that wild looking and regally self contained cat but Abys were quite rare in Australia and way out of the reach of an impoverished art student’s budget. When my life finally settled down enough to start the quest for the kitten of my dreams in 1999 I was lured onto the internet (having been a total technophobe up ’til then) & the first site I found here in Sydney was George Kennedy’s “Nile Abyssinians”. I met George at a cat show and fell in love all over again with his lithe wild-looking cats & that day he agreed to sell me a pet quality kitten when one became available. I kept an eye on his website & when Ariel was conceived on the Spring Equinox under a Piscean Moon I knew in my heart he was the one !
On November 26th,1999 Ariel was the only kitten in his litter
out of Nile “Sweeter Than Roses”
and Nile Oberon pictured here with his proud owner Wendy McDonald of Haldis Abyssinians
it took a few weeks to convince George he was mine but by joining the Abyssinian Cat Club of Australasia and agreeing to show Ariel when he was a kitten the deal was done.
The joy at our first meeting was amazing, George expected Rosie to be very protective & Ariel to be shy but Rosie was happy with her gift of a pot of catnip and catgrass and left us to attend to her grooming and enjoy some sun, giving Ariel and I a magical hour to get to know each other. He was only 3 weeks old and so tiny but bravely climbed all over me, it was an instant bonding.
Ariel at 8 weeks
Rod & I visited him every 2 weeks & George posted lots of photos on his website
here’s Ariel at his first show in Rooty Hill at 11 weeks old
he came home at 13 weeks old
after winning Best Kitten at the Canberra Show.
he was so small!
Ariel enjoying his “Day at the Beach”verandah enclosure at 11 months
bravely protecting our house from the evil balloons when he was 2
enjoying the view here in Newtown
He rules our house with a velvet paw and nearly 13 years later we can’t imagine life without him!
You can see more photos & books about Ariel here on our website
Photos of Ariel
Art inspired by Ariel
“Cooking with Cats”
“An illuminated Book of Cats”
& here’s a link to the Aby Club’s Facebook Page
Mo and Ariel showing off our book for Michael Sansom secretary of the Abyssinian Cat Club of Australasia