Abyssinian cat, or the short name often called “Aby”. This breed is a medium -sized cat with a long body and dense muscles. The short fur coat covers his physical features with stunning colors. In addition, Abyssinian cat is not like other domestic cats because this cat is very active most of the day. Her daily routine is play, play and play. If you don’t believe me, her favorite activities are climbing tall furniture, playing with toys, and playing with their families.
Aby is also the best pet because it treats children and other pets very well. Still, you are advised to give “a friend” to your Aby who has the same energy as this breed is very social and can become boring if left for so long.
The study found that Abyssinian cats are one of the oldest types of pets available. Enough with the evidence of cat mummies in Egyptian tombs studied by archaeologists that show the same appearance as Abyssinian cats. This little one was bred in Great Britain today. It is said that in earlier wartime, British troops deployed to North Africa had returned home with kittens bought from local traders.
Many believe that the present-day Abyssinian breed was named because Zula, the cat on display at the Crystal Palace Cat Show in 1871, was allegedly imported from Abyssinia, which in present-day Ethiopia.
American cat enthusiasts began importing this breed in 1900, and the breeding program began in the 1930s. This is because, most of the cats exported from Britain to the United States are because it is feared this breed almost became extinct in Europe during World War 2. Since then, the population of Abyssinian cat has grown rapidly and they have become one of the most famous and beloved cat breeds in the world.
Abyssinian coats are their most sought after feature. Its complex appearance is genetic rather than a tabby pattern. The thick, dense fur of these pups has a lighter color on their body, then has a stripe of lighter color alternating with a darker color at the tip of their tail. The main color of the fur coat is a light reddish brown with black spots but today you can find various color variations like gray and light brown.
Aside from her color, Aby’s most unique feature is her large ears compared to the bodies. Aby’s body is long and muscular, giving her a graceful appearance. The feet of this breed are also small, and because of Aby’s natural attitude this makes them look like standing on the tips of their toes. Their tails are tapered and almost along their bodies.
- Weight: 4 – 6 kg
- Coat Length: Short, soft
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Dark brown, red, gray, light brown, and cinnamon
- Pattern: Genetic
These cats are very easy to adapt to in your home and will dominate every small as well as large space. You are advised to add a cat tower house in your home especially if you live in an apartment or a smaller space. Don’t let it make a bed over your cabinet or refrigerator.
As mentioned before, the breed is a very active and playful cat. Fill your home with interactive toys for him to think about while expending his energy otherwise your day will be filled with him chasing at your feet. Below is a summary of the attitudes and behaviors of the Abyssinian cat:
- Lifespan: 9 to 15 years
- Intelligence: High
- Active: High
- Vocals: Low, only when necessary
Although breeders are responsible for doing their best by testing and eliminating genetic health problems, these breeds can still suffer from certain diseases. Abyssinian may have a higher risk for the following:
- Early periodontal disease
- Hyperesthesia syndrome
- Patellar comfort
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency
- Renal amyloidosis
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