Abyssinian Cat

By on June 26, 2013

It is one of the oldest breeds of cat and it resembles an ancient Egyptian cat.

Quick facts

Abyssinian CatCat type: Crossbreed, Natural and Egyptian cat

Weight: weighs about 9-16 pounds

Height: About 13 inches

Color: Blue, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn and ruby. Lilacis the newer additions to the range of Abyssinian colors

Coat: It has a thick double coat with a neck ruff

Lifespan: 9-15 years

Ideal companion for:

  • Families with children
  • Singles with other pets
  • Experienced cat owners

Breed’s Temperament

  • Highly intelligent
  • Active
  • Eager
  • Inquisitive
  • Curious
  • Gentle with well-balanced temperament
  • Attention-seeking
  • Well-mannered
  • Confidant
  • Responsive
  • Good with other children
  • Good with other pets

Breed’s character

These are extremely loving and affectionate animals. They can happily sit on their owner slap. The cat and the owner can build a strong bond with one another. Abyssinian cat can build a strong bond with the family and it will yearn for them in case the family members are away.

People who want to own the Abyssinian cat should make sure that they are at home for majority of times. They become lonely if they left alone. Also make sure that they have enough space to play and there is a perfect garden for them as Abyssinians love to climb.

Breed’s standards

  • Head: Looks small and rounded
  • Eyes: Large and expressive eyes
  • Tails: Thick at the base and slim down towards the end
  • Legs: Strong, supple bodies with long and elegant legs
  • Hair: Medium length coat i.e. fine and smooth but strong to touch

Breed’s grooming

Short coat of Abyssinian is easy to maintain. Comb the hair with a stainless steel comb to remove the dead hair and keep the fur shiny. Trim the nails for every 10-14 days. To prevent periodontal disease, brush the cat’s teeth using the vet-approved toothpaste.

Breed’s health

Abyssinian cat can develop some kind of hereditary conditions like pyruvate kinase deficiency, which can cause anemia. This hereditary condition is caused by recessive gene.

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