Loyal, affectionate, inquisitive and athletic, this ancient breed has become one of the most popular cat breeds in the U.S. and worldwide. While the exact origin of the Abyssinian is unknown, genetic testing suggests this breed probably originated near the coast of the Indian Ocean, and the Abyssinian bears a striking resemblance to the cats seen in ancient Egyptian artwork.
Though beautiful and exotic-looking, it is the gregarious and fun-loving nature of the breed that has made it a welcome addition to so many homes. With exceptional intelligence and a high energy level, the Abyssinian has been described as the Border Collie of the cat world. They are intensely curious and crave interaction with their owners and the environment around them. They’re also an athletic cat, graceful and agile, and very capable of exploring their surroundings from top to bottom! Though Abys tend to be quiet cats with soft voices, they are also known for their characteristic trill of greeting which is quite unlike the “meow” of other breeds.
Appearance / health:
The Abyssinian is a medium-sized cat, with males weighing around 8-10 pounds, and females 6-7 pounds. Though the Abyssinian has long, slender legs, small paws, and a fine bone structure, this is a strong and muscular cat. Its head is broad and moderately wedge-shaped, with almond-shaped eyes that can be gold, green, hazel, or copper, accentuated with a fine black line around them. Their relatively large ears are broad and alert, moderately pointed at the tip, and are occasionally tufted. A distinct M-shaped pattern can be seen in the fur on the forehead. The tail and paws may have tabby markings, but no stripes should be present on the body. The Abyssinian is a short-haired breed. The long-haired variant is known as a Somali.
The Abyssinian is known for its distinctive ticked coat. Each hair has a base color with three or four darker bands – the hair is a lighter color at the root, and the darker ‘ticking’ color at the tip. The coat is traditionally a warm golden color, but the breed also comes in blue, fawn, chocolate, cinnamon (sorrel), and red colors. One striking variation is the Silver Abyssinian, with a coat containing shades of white, cream, and grey.
The Abyssinian is a mostly healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12 -15 years. The breed may be prone to a knee condition known as “luxating patella”, and to gingivitis.
Behavior / temperament:
The Abyssinian is an intensely curious and playful cat with a high need for activity and attention. While someone looking for a calm lap-cat might be disappointed, Abyssinians are incredibly loyal and affectionate, and love to be involved in everything you do. An Abyssinian who is left alone for long periods of time may become bored and depressed. They are social with other animals, but may feel neglected if there is too much competition for their owner’s affection. The owner of an Abyssinian should be prepared for an athletic cat that loves heights, and loves to climb and explore.
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17 years of Absolute Joy
There's not a day goes by when I don't think of Ella and smile.
Born in an old Amsterdam house in the early 90's to my neighbour's Abyssinian cat Letitia upstairs (I used to play with and feed Ella's Mother Letitia when my neighbour was away on holiday)
I made my neighbour promise that if Letitia ever had kittens that she would let me purchase one as I already smitten with this exquisite breed of cat. They are so beautiful and there is something very special about an Abyssinian, Naughty? yes I know, but you can’t help but forgive them anything they do. Ella was very adaptable and in 1998 when I had to return to Brighton in the UK Ella took the whole process of six months quarantine in her stride and was not affected negatively at all. Fortunately I found a top notch cattery in East Sussex and was able to visit and sit with Ella at least 3 times a week.
She was happy there and spent hours watching the birds in the trees. The six months separation was harder for me than her but the time soon passed.
Due to my work commitments Ella became a travelling cat and soon after in the footsteps of Dick Whittington and his marvellous cat we packed our bags and moved to London..then Paris....then Amsterdam again...then Berlin....then Alsace...then Brittany...Ella loved the adventure and the companionship. We were inseparable.
Always there at my side with the loudest purr ever. As attentive and loyal as a dog. Mischievous and cunning. Intelligent and Fearless, Affectionate and Loving, Gentle but Alert, Graceful and Sophisticated, Energetic and sometimes infuriating, Active and fast.
What more could you ask of a friend and companion. Unfortunately Ella's age took its toll and after a short illness Ella sadly passed away in 2009.
I will finish as I began......There's not a day goes by when I don't think of Ella and smile..
From robobur May 24 2014 2:57PM
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago