The Abyssinian breed is one of the oldest cat breeds. It comes from the jungles of Southeast Asia. Abyssinians are sometimes seen as ‘mini pumas’. They are therefore very slender, agile and athletic cats. The Abyssinian is a ‘present’ cat. She can make clear to her owner what she wants in a special way. Still, she is not pushy. This outgoing cat has a strong personality and willful disposition but is not loud. Abyssinians love to be close to their family members. They usually get along well with other cats as well. Even with dogs, they can form close friendships. They are also quite child-friendly.
The Abyssinian is a breed of cat with large, almond-shaped eyes that reflect a curious disposition and intelligence. The eyes are shiny amber gray, light brown or green in color. Abyssinians also have a short, fine coat that sits close to the body. The hair is silky soft and can take on different colors. Fawn, wild color, red and cream are common. But also cinnamon color, blue-gray, chocolate color and lilac are well-known hues for this variety. The coat also shows ‘ticking’. These are stripes that occur on the individual hairs. Each hair is streaked two to four times creating a speckled effect. These cats have long, elegant legs, wide-set ears and a slender tail. Abyssinians weigh an average of 2.5 to 5 kg.
An Abyssinian is a cat that needs space. Furthermore, it is an uncomplicated cat that is easy to care for. The coat is short and does not require any special care. Brushing weekly to remove dead hair is a good idea. It is also best to have your teeth checked regularly by the vet. It pays to get these cats vaccinated against known infectious diseases, if not already done. These carnivores have a great need for healthy proteins. Fresh meat and quality cat food keep this breed in tip-top condition. An abyssinian has a life expectancy of between 9 and 13 years.