In this guide
- Abyssinian Quick Guide
- Abyssinian Video
- About the Breed
- Breed Size & Personality
- Breed Health & Care
- Common Abyssinian Questions
About The Abyssinian Breed
The Abyssinian is one of the most popular breeds of domestic cat in the United States. Thought to originate from the Abyssinian empire which was thought to be in what is now known as Ethiopia recent research has suggested the empire was likely closer to Egypt. Abyssinians have what is known as a “ticked” coat, in which individual hairs are banded with different colours and are lighter the closer they are to the skin.
Abyssinians are slender and fine-boned registering at a medium-size (typically weighing in at 2 to 5 kilograms).
Abyssinians are show unusual intelligence and are somewhat extroverted – giving them a playful, willful mindset which makes them a popular choice among cat owners. The Abyssinian has been known to show signs of depression when love and attention is not shown to it from humans. This has led it to become known as the dog of the cat world due to it’s investment in an actual relationship with its owners (most cats are simply happy enough with their improved surroundings, merely putting up with humans). Again this may go someway to explaining their popularity with cat lovers.
There are a few potential health issues with Abyssinians:
- They are prone to gingivitis which can lead to more serious conditions.
- There are cases of genetic kidney disorder.
- Blindness has also been a high risk factor.
While these conditions are apparent it is important to note that tests are available to screen Abyssinians for a number of the above issues. We would highly recommend that young Abyssinians are taught how to deal with teeth brushing so that gingivitis can be limited.
Caring for Abyssinians
The short, fine coat of the Abyssinian is relatively simple to care of. Combing every few weeks with a standard stainless steel cat comb or soft bristle brush to remove dead and loose hair. As mentioned previously brushing the teeth to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease is worth the effort. Daily cat treats may help with the process of cleaning. Also remember that Abyssinians love human attention so make sure to keep your Abyssinian entertained and loved.
With Kids & Animals
The Abyssinian is perfect for families with kids and other pets, however we would suggest only dogs that have shown friendliness towards cats. They love attention and kids will undoubtedly hand out a lot of this – it is important that petting is gentle as with any cat. Remember cats need to be respected so ensure that when he needs space he gets it.
5 Common Abyssinian Questions
We’ve collated answers to some of the most common Abyssinian questions.
Where do Abyssinian cats from from?
Abyssinians get their name from where it was first thought they originated, Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). It is now thought that they originated from Egypt rather than Ethiopia.
What colour are Abyssinian cats?
Abyssinians have “ticked” coats meaning their colour changes depending on the hair length (lighter colour closer to the skin). The usual Abyssinian colour is bright golden brown, ticked with black. There are a variety of other colours including sorrel, blue, chocolate, lilac, fawn and silver.
When do Abyssinians stop growing?
The average Abyssinian size is between 2 and 5 kilograms – they grow at an average rate, reaching their adult / mature height at around 6 months with further maturing until around 1 year.
How long do they live for?
The average Abyssinian life span is between 9 and 15 years.
Are Abyssinians hypoallergenic?
While there is no concrete proof that Abyssinians are hypoallergenic they do a have lower level of the offending protein that causes allergies compared to other breeds.