Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Silky & Smooth
Cinnamon, Ruddy, Red, Blue, Fawn
Given the name because the show cat that was shown at the 1871 Crystal Palace Show Cat show was captured in the “Abyssinian War”. These cats are some of the oldest recorded pedigree of cats and their records can be traced back to over 100 years ago when Army officers, from the British navy, brought them back from what is modern day Ethiopia.
The Abyssinians are known for their intelligence, loyal devotion and their willingness to always play games. These traits make them a favorite among animal lovers alongside their exotic look. Most owners swear by this breed and it has made The Abyssinian has become one of the most popular cat breeds in the world today.
They are characteristically defined by their slender appearance, medium size and fine bone structure. You definitely can’t miss their relative large pointed ears and extremely expressive, almost shaped eyes. Their legs are long and slender accompanies by a gracefully thin body and a long, thin tail.
There are many people who believe that The Abyssinian cat is a direct descendant of the beloved cats of Egypt because it’s silhouette resembles many of the hieroglyphics and murals depicted in Egypt.
While there is no documentation to suggest or support this, recent genetic studies have linked The Abyssinian to cats in the coastal area of Bay of Bengal in India.
We are certain that the breed was curated and further developed in Britain. The earliest Abyssinians arrived in the states in the early 1900’s and appeared in shows as early as 1903. They quickly became America’s favorite cat due to their stunning coat, expressive eyes and personality.
This is an extremely talkative and persistent cat that has no shame in demanding the center of attention and will do anything in their power to remain there. The love of heights is a telltale sign of an Aby (the nickname for Abyssinian cats) and their curiosity makes them interesting to play with. If you’re someone that enjoys a cat that has lots of energy, never seems to sleep, follows you around for hours on end and will have full on conversations with you, the the Aby is a breed for you.
Abyssinians are well known as the most intelligent cat breed alive. They often use their playful nature and smarts to tease their owners during playtime. They are said to become depressed without constant activity and the attention of their owners.
Plan on purchasing lots of challenging cat toys and puzzles for them to be occupied with. They frequently enjoy chasing ping pongs through mazes and lots of high flying string related toys that require them to think their way to successfully capturing the toy.
If they can fit into it, under it, above it or through it they are going in it. These are notoriously playful breeds and are almost always ready and willing to play games with their owners. They will play fetch, and chase toys for hours if you have the energy to satisfy them.
Abyssinians are not shy to include others in the house during playtime by running between multiple members of the house. This also makes children enjoy being around them because the fun can be shared. Nothing escapes the curiosity and and drive of this highly intelligent cat. They are constantly jumping on top of the refrigerator, hopping in window sills to look at birds and have been know to grab items of interest and steal them.
If you’re working on your keyboard or doing something at your desk, Aby’s have no problem pawing at you to give them attention and being persistent in their ability to grab your focus and make themselves the center of attention.
The Abyssinian is not a quiet cat. There are talkers and then there are TALKERS. The Aby is the latter. They are constantly meowing and cooing to communicate with their owners and anyone in the house that will listen to them.
The tone of their voices tend to be more gentle and therefore more enjoyable to listen to over extended periods of times. Many pet owners enjoy their “conversation” and love the constant feedback that they deliver. Rest assured, an Aby will always let you know of their presence.
Many pet owners enjoy an animal to be compassionate and always wanting to join you. This is one of their best traits that make them a cat for virtually anyone. The Abyssinian will follow you around the house. They will join you on the sofa of your favorite chair and are always looking to cuddle next to you and join you in the bed when it’s time to sleep.
They are a very loyal breed that is not afraid to show their affection anytime the opportunity presents itself. They are devoted to their owners and greatly appreciate the return in attention.
Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Abyssinian is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:
Cats with short coats are typically easier to care for. The occasional grooming with a brush or find comb to remove shedding and keep the coat clean will suffice. If your Abyssinian is prone to more shedding, a bath can always help speed up the hair removal.
Because they are prone to periodontal diseases, a weekly or even daily brushing of the teeth is highly encouraged. There are also treats that are available on the market that can help you with keeping their teeth clean and remove tartar build up.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. The larger, more alert ears on the Aby can lead to some build up on the inside of the ear. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Abyssinian are recommended for indoor pet life only. This will keep them from contracting diseases from other animals, but their exotic look, curiosity and friendly nature makes them prime targets for pet theft.