Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted Aug 04, 2015
There is something about being owned by a cat once said to be worshipped by the Egyptians. Regal, and proud, these cats have never forgotten their once royal blood and are a force to be reckoned with.
The Abyssinian is an elegant and beautiful cat, characterised by its large wedge shaped head, and almond- shaped eyes. It is a medium sized cat, with a slender and long muscular body. It is a colourful cat with a distinctive agouti coat, and can be found in Ruddy (most common), Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blue, Lilac and Fawn colours. Each shaft of hair has 4 – 6 banding of alternating colour, giving its ticked appearance. Both the Abyssinian, and its semi-long-haired cousin, the Somali, have a coat that is soft and finely textured. The Abyssinian is a low maintenance cat, requiring grooming on a weekly basis.
Abyssinians are loyal, affectionate, highly intelligent and interactive cats. Constant explorers, no place is left untouched, though they have an uncanny ability to avoid knocking things down. A cat that likes to be a spectator, they can often by found hiding up high. However, it is their highly curious natures that leads them astray, and unfortunately often fall foul to road traffic. The Abyssinian is not considered to be a typical lap cat, though the occasional cuddle is expected, and they are never far from your side. Abyssinians have a constant need to know what you are doing, and will be on hand to help with all household chores.
These are cats that do like company, and do well in a family that is around the majority of the time. They have a childlike spirit, and will continue to play like kittens well into their twilight years. Perhaps one of the most endearing characteristics of the Abyssinian is its affection towards playing fetch. Abyssinians make good family pets, but are recommended for families with older children. Abyssinians adapt well to their surroundings and can live with a multitude of different species.
Abyssinians are a generally healthy breed, and depending on life circumstances have a long life span. They are more suited towards an indoor lifestyle due to poor road sense.
Being owned by my Abyssinian Roo, has solidified my love for the breed. Bright and engaging, no matter how bad a day I may have had, coming home to him always put a smile on my face. Sadly Roo was hit by a car, and passed away in 2009.