This breed is often smaller than many other cat breeds, weighing in at only nine to sixteen pounds.
This means that each individual hair has bands of dark and light color. This cat breed has a wedge shaped face with eyes that are green, amber, or hazel colored.
The Abyssinian is much older than many other cat breeds. Images in ancient Egypt show cats with a very similar appearance, right down to the ticked appearance of their coats. The first Abyssinians to arrive in England came from Ethiopia in the eighteen hundreds.
Abyssinians have a reputation for being very curious...
These cats want to know everything about what's going on around them. They seem to actually try to help their owners complete household chores and like to hang out with them in the garden.
It's no then surprise that such a curious breed is also extremely active.
This breed 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, which can be quite annoying to new owners who weren't expecting it.
Abyssinians will scale any barrier in their quest to explore their surroundings, from curtains to fences. 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.
Abyssinians need a lot of attention and affection
This breed's personality means that it needs a lot of attention and affection from its owner.
An Abyssinian is the wrong choice for anyone who spends a lot of time away from home. If you aren't home a lot, you may want to consider adding another
cat, maybe even another Abyssinian to the household, as this breed does enjoy playing and interacting with other cats.
Don't be surprised if your cat learns to come when he is called and picks up some tricks like fetching a
toy and bringing it back to you.
If he starts to become too fat, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about feeding him a weight management cat food, instead.
Although urinary tract infections are not as common in this breed as they are in some other breeds, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about feeding a diet that helps prevent infections if you have an altered male cat.
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