One of the oldest breeds of cats, Abyssinian has an unsure history. On one hand where it is believed to resemble the sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats, on the other hand, Abys today retain the look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats.
Aby was first showcased at the Crystal palace cat show in 1871 where it stood at third position. Here it was mentioned to be captured in the late Abyssinian war. It got featured in the print for the first time in 1872 in the issue of Harper’s weekly. Some say it was the cat of pharos, other say it is a cross between silver and brown tabbies with cats that had “ticked” coats. Whereas, genetic evidences show that it came from Indian Ocean coastal regions and parts of Southeast Asia. All in all, the breed bounced back after World War II and is now one of the most popular breeds of cats.
Addiction is the trademark of this breed. It is so naturally intriguing that one could get attached to it. Abyssinians possess high degree of intelligence and love for newness. They could share about their day if they feel like. Here are some of its characteristics:
- Activity level: 5/5 (extremely energetic)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (famous for its intelligence)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (does not leave any corner unturned)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (one could get addicted to it)
- Vocal:2/5 (moderately vocal)
Extremely famous for its wild look, the ticked coat in the patterns of thumb prints give the cat a beautiful look. The facial features of Abys are very sharp. It speaks all through his body language- that active the breed is seen to be! Some traits mentioned below are:
- Fur: Blue, chocolate, ruddy, cinnamon, fawn, lilac – are the coat colours in which Abys are available. Having a ticked coat is the trademark quality of Abys.
- Eyes: Large and expressive almond shaped eyes which is often what impresses people about Abys.
- Body structure: Aby’s body shape is a long-lean one. Abys are blessed with well muscled and athletic body.
- Facial features: Rounded wedged shaped head with broad ears. Dark lines ascend from eyes and brows.
- Weight: 6 to 10 pounds (medium size cat). Average weight of females: 8 pounds. Average weight of males: 10 pounds.
When it comes to disorders, Abys are a little more vulnerable breed. Some of the commonly occurring diseases/disorders in the breed are:
Abys have found to be suffering from Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem. This can have cats groom themselves excessively (note that Abys do not need much grooming due to their thick and short haired coats, also rarely need baths). Under the same, they also become emotionally out of control.
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD) is another threat to Abys for which a genetic test is available called the Molecular Diagnostic Test.
Moreover, the early onset periodontal disease is also very common in Abys which can be well prevented by brushing teeth regularly. Trimming nails is also an essential part of its care. Abys litter box has to be absolutely clean since they are very particular about bathroom hygience otherwise they may start using other place of the house. Cider vinegar and warm water in equal quantity can be used to clean its ears. Abys should be kept inside to avoid health risks and being stolen by others who might just want such an amazing cat.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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