The Abyssinian is a regal-looking medium-sized cat, thought to originate from Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). It was brought to Britain in the 1860s by British Soldiers, purchased by local traders. The early Abyssinians were bred with British Shorthairs and some oriental cat breeds which changed the shape of their heads.
The Abyssinian is a slender, fine-boned cat with a graceful body. Their trademark ‘ticked’ coat is a variant on a tabby coat and although they are born with dark coats, they gradually lighten over the months. They have a wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped eyes, and large pointed ears that give them an alert and aware look.
Abyssinian’s are a popular breed due to their intelligence and playful nature. These affectionate and friendly cats are dependent on human contact, unlike a lot of other cat breeds. Without constant activities and attention, Abyssinians tend to become depressed – a contrast to their apparent quiet nature.
The Abyssinian is prone to gingivitis which leads to periodontitis. This is why it’s so important to keep their gums healthy. They also are prone to a hereditary retinal degeneration that causes blindness but breeding lines in Australia have reduced this issue. A yearly veterinary check is advisable.
Abyssinian’s are very low maintenance cats with only occasional grooming needed to avoid any hairballs. Their diet should include foods that are good for their gums such as raw chicken necks.
Ask our staff at Karingal Veterinary Hospital if you need more maintenance information or diet suggestions.
|Weight||3.5 kgs – 5.5 kgs|
|Coat||Short – Medium coat, silky|
|Colour||Usual or Ruddy is the most common colour, however, also seen in sorrel, blue or fawn|
|Lifespan||9 – 12 yrs|
|Temperament||Intelligent, playful and curious but cautious|
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