About Abyssinian Kittens
Abyssinian are elegant medium-sized cats with strong, lithe bodies and long, slender legs. They have round, wedge-shaped heads with distinctive small tufts on the tips of ears and large almond-shaped eyes. The short, close-lying coat of an Abyssinian cat, has a distinctive ‘ticked’ look caused by bands of color on each hair. The most well know color is ‘ruddy’ but there are several others.
The Abyssinian cat resembles the African wildcat, ancestor of the domestic cat. The history of the Abyssinian cat in the UK is a little obscure, but it is likely that it was brought back via army personnel from Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), in the 1860s. The early Abyssinian cats were crossed with British Shorthairs, and later with oriental breeds. Long-haired Abyssinian kittens have been found in litters for many years, and since the 1970s they have been developed as a separate breed called the Somali.
Abyssinian Temperament and Personality
If you’re pining for a sweet, gentle lap cat, the Abyssinian likely isn’t a good match for your home. The Aby is a highly intelligent cat who loves to play and interact with people. In fact, his human-watching skills are excellent—and he’s known for quickly training people to do his bidding.
To keep your Aby entertained and out of trouble, provide him with puzzle toys that require added brain power to release treats, use a clicker to teach him tricks, and train him to run an agility course. Abyssinians love to bird-watch, so consider placing a feeder by a window for his viewing pleasure. Or train him to go for a stroll outside on a leash.
The Abyssinian cat is considered a small to medium-sized cat. They have long, slender, and muscular bodies, but their light weight makes them agile and quick.
Though small, their personalities are very large; they’re the center of attention in their households. This cat might look like a mini-mountain lion slinking around your house, but fret not! It’s just your Abyssinian.
The lightweight Abyssinian cat has high activity levels and doesn’t spend too much time lying around. A female Abyssinian cat will typically weigh between 6 and 8 pounds, while a male is 7 to 10 pounds.
The Abyssinian is quite long and slender, appearing larger than they actually are. Most Abyssinian cats will range from 12 to 16 inches long from the tip of their nose to the end of their tails.
The Abyssinian coat is medium-short in length and dense to the touch. It is very soft and fine and comes in a few different coat colors. Their ticked tabby coat is known for its ruddy or red coloring, but they can also be chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, and fawn.
The eye color of an Abyssinian will usually be gold or green, a beautiful contrast from their coats.
The Abyssinian cat is generally a healthy breed and easy to care for. They stay active and have a hearty appetite, which helps to maintain their weight. They can live between 9 and 15 years with proper care and nutrition.
Characteristics of Abyssinian Cats
Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it’s not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat. Other considerations to bear in mind are feeding the right quantity of food to maintain ‘ideal body condition’ in accordance with feeding guidelines and catering to individual preference regarding wet or dry food recipes.
The History of Abyssinians
The Abyssinian has many romantic tales about his origins, but he’s not from Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia. His ancestors likely lived along the coast of the Indian Ocean, as well as parts of Southeast Asia. Breeds that probably figured in his background: Burmese, Siamese, and Russian Blues. Abyssinians were first bred in the United States in 1935. Today, the Aby is one of the most popular pedigreed cats—he’s up there in the top five—registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.