The Abyssinian is a short haired elegant cat with muscular body and strong personality. This breed is probably one of the oldest breeds of domestic cat in the world. There is strong similarity between these cats and some ancient Egyptian images and is likely that the mutation occurs thousand years ago. They are medium size and of moderate wedge head. The Abyssinian has a very distinctive look. They have almond shape eyes that are slanting with a lively expression. Their ears are relatively large and pointed. The legs are slender, elegant and moderately long. The Abyssinians has a fairly long tail that is broad at the base and tapering to a point. The weight of the Abyssinian is around 9-17 pounds.
One of the essential features of the Abyssinian is its ticked coat pattern, each hair having bands of light and dark color. The original color is known as ruddy with deep rich orange undercoat that gives him a rich golden brown appearance. Other attractive colors are also been developed from the original ruddy color but the making on the coat remain the same. These other colors are red or sorrel, blue, fawn and silver.
The Abyssinian is very loyal and people-oriented cat. They are known for their intelligence and their curiosity. They are not very intrusive but have their own particularly elegant way of letting to know their owner exactly what they want. They are not a lap cat… but a cat that likes to be with people, and wants to know what you are doing. They are very active, playful, and inquisitive. Some are shy towards strangers and timid in public.
Is Abyssinian the right Breed for You?
Abyssinians is an active breed that have extremely high amount of energy and needs a variety of toys to fulfill his need for play. They are usually tolerant of dogs and other pets. However, most could easily do without an animal companion. They generally get along well with other cats. The males are usually more easygoing than females, who can sometime be little aggressive with other cats. This breed love to have their space and they have a strong personality. They need a great deal of contact with the family to be happy. The Abyssinian likes to be part of the family and be involved in everything that goes on. Due to their high levels of energy, this breed is not for those who want a relaxed lap cat.
Abyssinian Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Abyssinian is around 12-14 years.
Abyssinian Health Problems
The Abyssinian is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are Gingivitis, patellar luxation, renal amyloidosis (a kidney disorder), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy/ degeneration), feline urinary infection and Psychogenic Alopecia (Abnormal hair loss that can be caused by excessive self grooming). Be sure to determine first though, if your cat’s alopecia is psychological and not caused by parasites, ringworm, pregnancy, or a hormonal imbalance.
Abyssinian Care and Grooming
The Abyssinian coat is fairly easy to keep in good condition. An occasional rubber massage could be done when the cat is shedding to remove loose hair. An Abyssinian cat should have a professional dental cleaning every six months. It is recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Keep the ears clean and their claws trim.
The Abyssinian are average shedder; you’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.