Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Aug 10, 2014
Addison came into my life when I was a sophomore in high school. We had lost two cats that I had grown up with, due to old age, and there was a definite void in the house hold. Addison was the first pure-bred cat I ever owned. Despite the stories you hear about pure-breeds being fragile and difficult, we never found that to be the case with Addison. The Abyssinian breed is very intelligent and loves to interact with their people. Addison was no exception. He was an indoor only cat, as we lived in a very hot climate and he had been de-clawed when we got him. But even indoors, he would find new things to entertain himself with and invent new games to play with us daily. It was fascinating to watch what would catch his attention that never had before. You could almost see his little mind figuring things out as they presented themselves to him!
Easy to groom, although not much required, as they are a fastidious breed. Beautiful coloring and coats. Addison loved to be brushed and fussed over, but probably more for the attention than the need for grooming assistance.
As I recall, his health was good, although he could be prone to depression and anxiety when boarding. He definitely preferred his people home and around all the time. We eventually hired a pet-sitter to come to the house when we were away and he fared much better with that arrangement.
We did not have other cats at the time, but he was good with dogs and visitors. Never intentionally aggressive, and exceptionally loving when one of us was sick!
I left home after school and Addison stayed behind. My mother had him until he was 13 or so and I believe he eventually passed away from kidney complications. He was a loyal friend to the end and I would definitely recommend this most fascinating and beautiful breed to any cat lover!