Information on the Abyssinian Breed
Information about the Abyssinian Breed
The Abyssinian is one of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats, but its real ancestry is lost in time. Romantic tales call it the cat from the Blue Nile saying it is a direct descendant of the sacred cat of Ancient Egypt because it resembles the cats depicted in Egyptian murals and artifacts. Others believe British soldiers from Abyssinia (now Ethopia) brought a cat named Zula home with them to England at the end of the Abyssinian war in 1868. So far no documentation links Zula to the cats of today and recent genetic studies identify the cats in the coastal area of the Bay of Bengal in India as the Abyssinian's potential forebears.
The Abyssinian is a cat of foreign type of medium build, firm, lithe and muscular; never coarse. It is an alert, active cat and when standing it gives an impression of being on tip-toes. The coat is rich, lustrous and distinctly ticked and comes in Tawny, Blue, Fawn, Cinnamon and Silver.
Abyssinians are very active and highly intelligent - they love to be involved in everything you do, they are extremely good jumpers and like to find high places no place ever goes unexplored. They are not a lap cat as such but become devoted to their owners and love interactive games - many will enjoy a game of fetch with their favourite toys. They make good family pets and generally get on well with other pets, supervision is needed with very small children as the Aby can be wriggly when held, however their high energy levels and capacity for play will appeal to older children.
Abyssinians are generally a healthy breed, and depending on their life style will live well into their teens. As with all cats they should be kept indoors in order for them to avoid many of the contagious and fatal diseases easily transmitted from the stray population. Vaccinations should always be kept up to date and routine checks should be made regularly. The first sign of any illness should be attended to promptly by a veterinarian
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