In the fall of 2020, the cat count in our house was at an all-time low of 1, with our 15-year-old DSH Baxter, living out his senior years albeit with some health issues. We found ourselves thinking about what might come next and knowing that my husband often spoke of dogs (big gasp! because we are a CAT house!), it became quite clear that he was very interested in cat breeds that were known for their: a) high level of intelligence, b) trainability, c) strong bonds with their owners and d) temperament that would be accepting of other cats in the house. After completing multiple quizzes for “what is the best cat breed for me?”, results indicated that the Abyssinian breed was at the top of the list. The next stage of our breeder research led us to Janet Wells of PureAbby. It was apparent from the initial questionnaire on Janet’s website that she is very discerning as to where her kittens are placed so we were thrilled to be selected for the Spring 2021 waiting list. The hardest part over the ensuing months was, of course, the waiting…made even more exciting as Janet shared photos of the new litters, detailing milestones and feats of mischief!!
With our new kitten’s name at the ready, Sedona, the day came to pick her up. Sedona did not disappoint. She is beautiful, the product of careful breeding. She has all the personality traits expected of Abys. She is smart, trainable (for example will come when her name is called), likes to be up high to look you straight in the eye when asking for her treat. Need some help in the kitchen? Sedona is ready to lend a paw!! The experience with Pureabby has been nothing short of exceptional. The obvious care in breeding and health checks on the kittens, the communication throughout the process, and the end result of a well socialised, intelligent people-friendly kitten has resulted in a very welcome addition to the household. Needless to say, we love our Princess!!
Being an animal lover, I have attended many cat shows and was always drawn to the size, beauty, coloring, and temperament of the Abyssinian breed. When I finally decided it was time for me to be owned by one it led to the adoption of my first baby, Chiumings Simba Cabaret. Thinking he was lonely when I was still in the working world, I decided to get him a playmate, enter Bengal Chantilly Lace. As Abys appear to get along with all creatures, big and small, it worked out well. After a period of 14 and 12 ½ years, I lost both and went into a feline void funk, swearing that was it never again! But you all know how long that lasts…so while searching the web I unbelievably found a 5-year-old Aby needing rescuing, so once again I was a mother. When I lost Blondie I knew right away I would have to find another Aby!
I was impressed when I was fortunate to find the PureAbby website and reached out to Janet to inquire if she had any “retired breeders” available in the near future. After numerous discussions with her, I found her to be a small but reputable, caring, sincere breeder who is dedicated to the improvement and continuation of our glorious, beloved breed. As Janet is very particular about who she allows to adopt any of her babies, I was thrilled when she stated that “CH PureAbby Ednah Scissorhands” could be mine!! It did not take me long to reply YES, YES, YES!
I have shared my life with Ednah now for close to 2 years and she has exceeded all my expectations. She is true to the breed being people-oriented, playful, mischievous, and loving and I don’t know what I would do without her. She is now accustomed to the full “spa” experience which includes brushing, massage, nail clipping, and teeth cleaning. Her only tiny fault is that she is still vocal and insists on having the last word.
Any person who is lucky to have acquired a beautiful Aby from PureAbby Cattery will never have any regrets. I sincerely thank Janet for allowing me to become part of her “family” and she can rest assured Ednah will be very well cared for during her entire life.
Two years ago in February, I drove through a severe snowstorm to pick up my Aby boy – Aris “Spock”. He has been such an amazing companion. He plays, fetches, and is very intelligent. Spock understands many words and commands. I bought him a cat wheel for exercising which he uses a lot. Last October I went back to PureAbby to pick up his mother Sarah and half-sister Smidge. The three of them are like family. They get along so well with each other and it is such a joy to have them. Thanks, Janet for giving me the opportunity to own the best cats – “Abyssinians”.
We were so overjoyed when PureAbby Abyssinians offered us Lily Martine. She’s a beautiful and smart female who is so affectionate and curious. We had recently lost our dear Koko, and our remaining Aby Kasey was missing him. PureAbby responded quickly to our situation by suggesting we re-home Marti, and we are so happy with her. It was obvious to us how much this breeder loves her Aby’s because it isn’t easy giving them up. But she knew Marti would be happier in a less busy environment, and as seniors, we can certainly provide a loving home for her. Thank you, PureAbby, from the bottom of our hearts.
Being a long-time owner of several Siamese cats over the years, we regularly saw pictures of an adorable and spunky Aby on Instagram named Tophey. We followed his antics every day and were convinced after doing some research that an Abyssinian would fit in perfectly in our home with our 4 Siamese cats.
After doing some more research I discovered Janet’s website PureAbby and it’s all history from there. I put myself on the waiting list for a kitten and in May 2021 we brought our beautiful Amhari into our busy home. It’s been a love affair ever since. Having read that they are busy and active inquisitive kitties, we still didn’t quite realize how “involved” they love to be with your daily activities.
Amhari helps me do the laundry, make dinner, work on the computer, sweep the floor and clean the fridge. She has made all the cats in the house her minions and now they do whatever she wants, which is good because being older cats, they had no choice but to play with her and they’re all losing weight.
She is very smart and learned her name almost immediately. She is also very much my cat. She tolerates my husband but has made it known that she’s my baby and rewards me by cuddling in bed with me and waking me up by rubbing her face against me, purring and trilling. If I lie in bed too long, she will stand firmly on my chest and meow loudly. How’s that for an alarm clock?
We love her so much and now have hours of video watching her play in the Catio, massacre her toys, and ambush the other cats from her tunnel. Never a dull moment, she greets me as soon as I walk in the door. She is my buddy. Have I mentioned that she’s a supreme bug catcher as well?
The only regret I have is not getting two.
Thanks, Janet, for raising such beautiful and healthy social cats. I can’t recommend Janet enough for her attention to the breed and for giving us updates and information throughout the whole process all the while staying professional and friendly.
As a young man, Bob had experienced the pleasure of having Abyssinian cats in his home. When his 80th was approaching, his daughter and wife searched for an older cat believing kittens belonged in young family homes. The search landed us at PureAbby.
It wasn’t easy to convince Janet that we were worthy of providing a forever home for one of her cats, not to mention her Double Grand Champion, Anubis Ricky Martini of PureAbby, soon to be retiring from being the cattery stud. Being a reputable breeder, we went through a thorough screening process, concluding with a telephone ‘interview’.
In May 2021, the day came when we were picking up Ricky. Again, the helicopter mom wondered about the security of our crate and more questions about our home to ensure the safety of her Champion. It was with mixed emotions when departed the cattery with anxious Ricky in his crate and Janet with tears in her eyes.
Almost six months later, we realized we truly won the lottery.
We did a lot of research prior to getting our kittens Marco and Polo, and feel fortunate that we connected with PureAbby Cattery. We were immediately impressed with Janet’s beautiful healthy kittens and their wonderful temperament. She was very helpful answering all our questions before and after bringing our boys home. Marco and Polo are gorgeous affectionate cats who bring us so much joy and laughter. Everyone is very impressed when they meet our cats for the first time, becoming interested in the breed, and I have no trouble recommending PureAbby Cattery to them. Thank you Janet for our wonderful cats!
My wife and I couldn’t be happier with our new family member Beulah Beaumont. And by extension, we couldn’t be happier with Janet and PureAbby. From the application process to the day we picked up our little cat, her overriding concern is for the wellbeing of her cats. Janet loves every single one of her animals and only wants the best for them. She has a very limited number of litters per year because she is so involved in raising them by hand. That’s the mark of someone who is in it for the right reasons. She is always happy to help you in any way that she can. Before AND after the adoption. We’ve asked her for advice since we took Beulah home and Janet has been very helpful and responsive. That is what we were looking for in a breeder. Someone who is 100% committed to making her little bundles of joy happy even after they’ve left the nest. If you’re lucky enough to be accepted by PureAbby, you won’t ever regret it.
The death of our sweet Aby Runa at age 15 1/2 motivated me to contact PureAbby Abyssinians.
Thirty years of ruddy Abyssinians sharing my life just could not end all of a sudden.
Breeding undiluted Abyssinians is clearly a labour of love. That and the fact that Janet has beautiful cats inspired me to give her a call.
Then as with all good, small breeders, there is a waitlist but eventually, last February I ended up with an amazing ruddy boy. He traveled with us in the cabin all the way to Vancouver where he is busy living the good life.
As a friend of mine put it: “Your cat definitely seems to be comfortably in charge”.
That however I would dispute :-).
Leica Tyee certainly lives up to the reputation of his breed. Very active, fully involved with his humans, highly intelligent, sweet disposition, never a dull moment. Finally, yet importantly, he is stunningly beautiful.
Thank you so very much, Janet.