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Abyssinians are very affectionate with their families. They form strong bonds with their human companions and enjoy spending time with them. These cats love interactive toys and will gladly spend hours in games that stimulate their hunting instincts.

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The Ultimate Abyssinian Guide

About Abyssinian

The Abyssinian cat, with its enigmatic history, striking appearance, and playful nature, is a beloved breed among cat fanciers across the world. Known for their uniquely ticked warm-toned coats and expressive almond-shaped eyes, the Abyssinian – or “Aby,” as it’s affectionately known – is often likened to a small, domesticated cougar or a miniature African lion.

Lifespan

Lifespan

9 to 16 years

Weight

Weight

4 to 7 kg

Height

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24 to 31 cm

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Abyssinians have a short, dense coat that requires minimal grooming.

Origins

The origin of the Abyssinian cat is shrouded in mystery. Some believe the breed traces back to ancient Egypt, given their resemblance to the cats depicted in ancient Egyptian sculptures and paintings. Despite the romanticised Egyptian origin, genetic studies suggest that Abyssinians have close ties with Southeast Asian and coastal Indian Ocean breeds.

 

Regardless of their origins, Abyssinians have made their way into the hearts of many families around the world. 

Key Characteristics Of Abyssinians

Are Abyssinians Family-Friendly?

Yes. Their playful and affectionate nature makes them excellent family pets. 

Common Health Issues & Considerations

Abyssinians may suffer from:

Progressive retinal atrophy

Pyruvate kinase deficiency

Hyperesthesia syndrome

Nature / Temperament

Curious, Playful, Active, Affectionate, Intelligent

Suitable Environment

Given their active and curious nature, Abyssinians need a stimulating environment. A home with plenty of vertical spaces like cat trees, shelves, and window perches would be ideal. They are suited to owners who can give them lots of attention, as they tend to dislike being left alone. 

Other Considerations

● Each hair on an Abyssinian’s body is “ticked” or banded with multiple colours, giving them their warm, glowing appearance.

● Despite the mystery surrounding their exact origins, Abyssinians are recognized as one of the oldest cat breeds.

● Unlike most cats, Abyssinians often enjoy playing with water and can sometimes be found splashing in a sink or a bathtub!

How can I take good care of my Abyssinian?

Nutrition

A high-quality diet is crucial for the Abyssinian’s health. Feed them a balanced cat food enriched with proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Remember, each cat is unique, so it’s always a good idea to consult with a vet for personalised dietary advice.

Grooming

Abyssinian cats have a short, dense coat that generally stays relatively clean and neat with minimal assistance. However, they can still benefit from regular grooming. Brush their coat once a week with a soft bristle brush or a stainless steel comb to remove loose hairs and distribute skin oils.

Exercise

Provide plenty of physical and mental stimulation through toys, puzzle games, and interactive play. Consider installing cat trees and shelves for climbing.

Training

Abyssinians are intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods. Teach them commands and tricks using treats and praises as rewards.

 

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Abyssinian Questions

No. No cat breed is completely hypoallergenic, including Abyssinians. However, because they shed less than many other breeds, they may be a better choice for individuals with mild allergies.

Abyssinians are not particularly loud cats, but they are vocal. They communicate with soft trills, chirps, or purrs.

Finding a reputable Abyssinian breeder is the key to getting a healthy, well-behaved Abyssinian kitten. Abyssinian kittens for sale from ethical breeders have a much better chance of growing into calm, gentle adult cats. The average cost of an Abyssinian for sale is usually around AUD $1200 to $2500.

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