The Abyssinian cat is a sleek feline that features a small, triangular head with smooth feature lines in the face, so called planes. The cat’s triangular ears tilt forward to give this athletic pet an alert, attentive and athletic look.
The look works. You can find the Abyssinian darting around the house as the cat likes to stay active. Constantly moving and curious, the Abyssinian likes to explore the home in detail. You may even find the cat wedged into strange places or making toys out of unexpected objects.
Aptly nicknamed “The Aby,” this house cat is fun to have around. The Aby loves people and other pets, but don’t expect a good snuggle out of this energetic feline. The Abyssinian is beautiful to look at in motion. There are bands of colour down the back with a darker streak along the spine. The Aby also tends to be a bit lighter and slenderer than most house cats which gives it a unique dexterity and grace.
The Abyssinian typically weighs between 4 and 6 kg. The lifespan of the Abyssinian is 9 to 13 years.
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These active cats are easy to care of and are perfect for the first-time cat owner. They don’t sit still for very often, but they have no problem playing with their own toys for an entire afternoon. Then, just like that, they can shift their attention to people and other animals for interactive play.
The Abyssinian rather enjoys interaction with people and other animals. They love to show affection with a very soft purr, but they are not lap cats as they like to stay active. However, they do like to be rubbed down with a chamois cloth, and they will give you a pleasing purr in exchange.
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This sleek feline looks like it came right out of the Nile Valley as the face may remind you of Cleopatra, but the Abyssinian is distinctively British. Lord Robert Napier brought a single cat named Zulu back to England from a trip to Abyssinia, the former Ethiopian Empire, back in 1860. The locals loved the cat’s colour pattern as it reminded them of a rabbit in the area.
Zulu’s desirable traits, especially the colour pattern, were bred into random cats that happened to carry similar traits. The breed quickly began to spread through the rest of Europe. Then World War II broke out.
Like many cat and dog breeds, World War II almost stamped out the Abyssinian entirely. Fortunately, the Abyssinian had spread to the safe haven countries of America and Canada by then. As it turns out, the early popularity of the Abyssinian is what saved the cat breed from extinction.
More information about Abyssinian cats: https://www.hillspet.com.au/cat-care/cat-breeds/abyssinian
Abyssinian breeders: http://www.swiftabyssinians.com/