Are you a cat lover? Well, there is a lot to love about this species - the Abyssinian. It is a medium-sized cat with a long body and nicely developed muscles. They are active cats that love to jump and play.

This breed is moderate looking with smooth planes on their head with a gentle dip in the triangular head. They have large ears that are tilted forward giving them an alert, aware look as if they are always paying attention to everything that is going on around them. Their large eyes show the alertness and intelligence inherent in this breed.

Coat

The Abyssinian’s fur carries bands of color giving them a richness and depth not seen in other breeds. The coat on the Abyssinian is short and has tufts of hair in her ears. The Abyssinian coloring is very special with bands of color on each individual hair with the coat looking darker along the spine line. The color on their body softens and lightens under the neck and the underside of the cat and the insides of her legs. Length: Short, Medium Characteristics : Silky, Smooth Colors: Ruddy, Chocolate, Red, Blue, Fawn, Cinnamon Pattern : Ticking Less Allergenic: No Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Six Colors

The Abyssinian cat breed comes in six colors which are blue, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn, lilac, and ruddy. Only five of these colors are accepted and recognized as being legitimate competition colors. 

Size

The average weight range for this breed for both males and females is 8 - 12 lbs. Their eye color is green and gold.

Expectations

Their age longevity ranges from 9 to 13 years old. They have a high need for social attention. They have a low tendency to shed their coat.

Club Recognition

The cat association recognition is CFA, ACFA , FIFe, TICA, and CCA.

Personality

The Abyssinian is an easy cat to have in your home and they love people and other animals. They will play with their own toys for hours but also enjoy a good period of time of interactive play with their parents. These cats enjoy a conversation while talking to you in a soft, quiet voice. The Abyssinian is loving and affectionate, and loves to spend time with their parent. While the Abyssinian coat is easy to care for, the Abyssinian likes being combed or rubbed with a chamois cloth. Abyssinians are naturally active cats and typically keep their weight under control with their activity. Build in some high perches and cat trees so they can jump and climb.

History

The Abyssinian cat is thought to be the breed that can trace their roots directly to the Nile Valley. They were actually developed in Great Britain. In the 1860s, a cat named Zulu was brought to Britain by Lord Robert Napier following a military expedition to Abyssinia. Zulu was the foundation of the beautiful breed known today as the Abyssinian. The unique ticking pattern on the coat of the Abyssinian reminded people of the camouflage pattern on the coat of the wild rabbit. Abyssinian cats were soon being bred throughout Canada, United States and Europe.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Abyssinian cat. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.