Abyssinian Cat

Is the Playful Abyssinian Cat the Right Breed for You?

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If you chose one simple phrase to describe the Abyssinian, it would be, “I never met a human or cat I didn’t love.”

Are you looking for a cat that actually provides some companionship? Then this cat breed would be a good choice for you and your family.

The Cat Fancier's Association classifies the Abyssinian as a part of the Championship Class , along with thirty six other cat breeds. Weighing in at only nine to sixteen pounds, this breed is smaller than other ones.

This cat has a graceful tail that is as long as the rest of its body. Although it can have coats in almost any shade, from red to lilac, they all are tabbies with a ticked appearance. This means that each individual hair has bands of dark and light color. This cat has a wedge shaped face with eyes that are green, amber, or hazel colored.

As you can probably guess, the Abyssinian cat is much older than most other cat breeds. Even their ticked appearance is an ancient trait. Archeologists have found ancient Egyptian images of cats with definite Abyssinian features, right down to their special coat. The first Abyssinians to arrive in England came from Ethiopia in the eighteen hundreds .

They have a reputation for being very curious. Their insatiable need to know what’s going on around them means they seem to actually try to help their owners complete household chores and like to hang out with them in the garden. It is no surprise that such a curious breed is also extremely active.

They spends a lot of time playing and needs a lot of toys. If you don't provide playthings, your cat will use your belongings to create his own toys. No barrier is an obstacle for these cats in their quest to explore their surroundings. Even if the barrier is a curtain or a fence, assume your cat will climb it. If you allow your cat to spend time outdoors, keep a close eye on him, as he will most likely be a bit of an escape artist.

Are you home much or away much? If you answer ‘yes’ to the second part, then this cat is the wrong choice for you. Abyssinians are highly affectionate and are attached to their owners. If you aren't home a lot and still want to consider having an Abyssinian, you may want to consider adding another Abyssinian to the household, as this cat does enjoy playing and interacting with other cats. This way you’ll have 2 cats at home who enjoy playing with the same gusto, avoiding the problem of a playful, affectionate cat sharing your abode with an aloof, less playful cat.

These cats are also so intelligent that they can easily learn a few simple commands. Don't be surprised if your cat learns to come when he is called and picks up some tricks like fetching a toy. If you can train him to bring you your slippers, even better.

The health problems of Abyssinians are few for a purebred cat. One common health problem of this breed is an inherited eye disease called retinal atrophy. This is very unusual in cat breeds, although it is fairly common in many dog breeds.

Although most Abyssinians aren't large eaters like some other cat breeds, you may still want to be sure your cat doesn't overeat. If he starts to become too fat, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about feeding him a weight management cat food.

Although urinary tract infections are not as common in this breed as they are in some other ones, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about feeding a diet that helps prevent infections if you have a neutered male cat.

With its short sleek coat, the Abyssinian needs very little grooming. However, they often enjoy receiving the extra attention and time spent with you. If you and your family are looking for a cat that will consider itself a member of your family, the Abyssinian is an excellent choice.

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