Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted Dec 31, 2014
Abyssinian are very intelligent and playful cats. Their behaviour is pretty similar to dogs. They are very curious about their environment and go through everything. Therefore, it's important to put away toxic products, medicine, food left overs and little objects (jewelry, needles, pieces of plastic) because they will most likely be chewed and scratched at some point! They are good for single/lonely people because they want a lot of attention and cuddles. Someone who is too busy with work or their personal life might not be able to fulfill their needs.
Since they have a strong character, I believe they are for people with experience and who can set limits. If limits aren't set straight from the beginning, they will act like the kings of the house and do whatever they want.
From my experience, their health is a little fragile contrary to stray cats. That's probably due to preservation breeding. Mine have had a few colds, flu and infections throughout his life. He also died from a lung infection, even though he never went outside or stayed in an unappropriated environment.
I would recommend this breed to experienced cat owners who have the monetary means to take care of them.