Abyssinian Cat is originally from Egypt. This is a short-haired cat breed. They grow up to 28-32 cm. The average weight of Abyssinian cat range from 4-7.5 k.g. They live from 15 years to 20 years.
- Very active.
The breed got its name in honor of Abyssinia, so was the name of modern Ethiopia. But the first representatives appeared, most likely, on the territory of Egypt. Images of these animals can be found on the tombs of the pharaohs.
There is also a mention of Abyssinian cats in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. There these graceful pets are referred to as “sunny cats” or “lazurite cats of the horizon”, which very accurately describes the exterior of the breed. And the ancient Egyptians attributed the character of Abyssinian cats to their goddess of fun, Bastet.
The first representatives of the breed came to Europe in the 19th century. Modern Abyssinian cats were formed, one might say, already on the territory of the continent, namely in England. The breed was officially recognized in 1882, but for the first time at the exhibition, they appeared 11 years earlier – in 1871.
Then the brushes on the ears were a distinctive feature of these animals, which further enhanced their exoticism. As well as stripes on the legs. But over time, breeders completely got rid of both the similarity to the lynx and the tabby color.
The Abyssinian cat has a medium body length with strong muscular limbs. The head is rounded; in adult well-fed animals, cheeks can even be distinguished. The eyes are regular almond-shaped, surrounded by light hair, but with dark lines along the outline.
The wool of the Abyssinians is very soft to the touch, tight to the body. The color is very specific – each hair has at least 4 dark zones. Short hairs have at least 2-3 different ticking stripes – alternating areas of the background, but when evenly distributed throughout the body, it does not form any pattern. The spine line, the soles of the hind legs, and the tip of the tail are more intensely colored.
Abyssinians are incredibly curious. They have to look, taste, and smell everything. The owner should be prepared for the fact that this cat will always be suddenly nearby. But the role of an outside observer is not interesting to her.
She will actively participate in everything, poke her paws and nose, pushing away the owner himself. Sometimes such excessive activity can be annoying, but it is impossible to re-educate an Abyssinian.
This is perhaps the most energetic cat breed in existence. They are on the move all the time – either playing, or “helping” the owner, or exploring their territory. They easily find something to do, instantly, like children, switching from one to another.
Abyssinians are very independent. They will never allow themselves to be taken in their arms or put on their knees if they themselves do not want to. But if they wanted affection, then they will show all their perseverance to attract the attention of the owner.
Given that these cats are incredibly talkative, you should be prepared for the most active demands.
Abyssinian cats do not need special care. They have a soft, pleasant to the touch coat that does not even need to be combed out regularly. These cats are a godsend for those who cannot afford to devote a lot of time to caring for animals.
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These cats have a high level of intelligence. They understand very well when and how to behave with different family members. They get along well with other animals and even with dogs while trying to take a dominant position.
An important point: if the Abyssinian decided that he does not like the new companion, he will make every effort to survive the unwanted one. Moreover, the cat will act on the sly, deliberately adjusting the situations in which the second animal will look guilty to the owner.
Abyssinian cats are incredibly patient. They are usually not recommended to have in families with small children, although they get along well with them, play with pleasure, and heroically endure everything that can come to a child’s head. True, there is a limit to everything, and, being very tired, the cat will try to go higher in order to rest.
The Abyssinians are very active. They need a lot of space to climb. Moreover, they love to watch everything from above and will look for higher places in the house. It’s better for the owner to purposefully organize them for the cat.
Otherwise, she will begin to explore the cabinets and upper shelves, simultaneously pushing vases and other objects that will interfere with her.
These cats love to walk. Moreover, they feel calm even without a leash if the territory is fenced. They love to climb trees, so walking on a leash can cause objective difficulties for the owners.
The price of a club kitten with not the most outstanding pedigree starts at $1200. An animal can be purchased from the nursery for at least $300. Given the popularity of the breed, there are many offers on free classifieds sites, but most often animals are sold there without documents and any confirmation of pedigree.
Although it is possible to purchase an animal for $150 dollars from private breeders, all documents will be in order.