Posted by: paperbacks | October 3, 2007

Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian:

The Abyssinian resembles the cats from ancient Egyptian paintings and sculptures. They are lean and muscular cats, with large ears and eyes. These cats are named after Ethiopia, formerly Abissinia, because the first of these cats in England were imported from there around 1868, by British troops who fought there during the Abyssinian War. The most likely point of origin for this cat is coastland along the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia.

These cats generally enjoy being around people, although they may not show it through cuddling. Abyssinians are also considered to be a very loyal and intelligent breed of cat, and they are also interesting in knowing what you are doing. They are good with children and other pets.

Abyssinians are fairly active cats all throughout their lives, and are not a good choice for someone who is looking for a low-energy cat. They like to use their paws as hands. Abyssinians are often interested in water, and will enjoy drinking from a dripping faucet. They are renowned for their fondness for sitting in high places, such as on top of the refrigerator.

They may live past 15 years, and occasionally they even live past 20. To help them live to this long life, look out for common cat problems such as gingivitis. Abyssinian owners must also watch out for Renal Amyloidosis, a kidney problem especially common in this cat, but not unheard of in other breeds. The disease is genetic, so the first step to avoid it is to make sure you buy your kitten from a reputable breeder with clean health records among their breeding stock.

Photos from Flickr:
polandeze

Information from:
Cat Fanciers’ Association
www.fanciers.com

 

 

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