The Abyssinian cat was bred in Great Britain. It is said that British soldiers deployed to North Africa in the nineteenth century returned home with kittens purchased from local traders.
The Abyssinian cat is a breed that can trace her roots to the Nile Valley. While the history of this breed is not entirely clear, she was actually developed in Great Britain. In the 1860s, a cat was brought to Britain by Lord Robert Napier following a military expedition to Abyssinia. This cat was named Zulu and she was the foundation of what became the Abyssinian.
The Abyssinian was the first cat to have a ticked coat, and it resembled a wild rabbit. The breed gained popularity quickly, and people bred them throughout Europe and in the United States and Canada. These cats were almost wiped out by two world wars before becoming popular again.
They nearly went extinct during World War II because many people believed that they were carrying diseases that would be harmful to humans.
A short time after the New Abyssinian was declared a breed, more were imported into Britain. However, in the late 1960s when feline leukemia virus almost destroyed the breed in Britain again, more of these cats were brought in to reestablish it.
Abyssinians are known for their muscular build. The head has a slightly rounded wedge shape with no flat planes. There is a gentle contour from the bridge of the nose to the forehead, and their muzzle is not sharply pointed or square. Their ears are large and moderately pointed; they are broad at the base.
Abyssinian eyes are generally almond-shaped, large, bright, and expressive. They are often accentuated by a fine dark line around the edge of their eyes that is encircled by a lighter colored area. Their eye color is generally gold or green in color. Their legs and feet proportionately slim, fine bone, with toes that are on tip toe. they have five toes in front and four.
The tail is thick at the base, fairly long and tapering. The coat is soft, silky, fine in texture, dense and resilient to the touch with lustrous sheen; medium in length but long enough to accommodate two or three dark bands of ticking. The colour can be red, fawn, silver or blue.
Abyssinian cats are very popular because of their extroverted personalities and intelligence. They typically have a strong desire to be around people, and they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to remain happy. They are said to become depressed without constant activity and the attention of their owners.
Abyssinians are known as the Clowns of the Cat Kingdom. They tend to be quiet, yet active and outgoing. They have soft chirrups that do not sound like a regular “meow”. Abyssinians are affectionate and friendly toward people. They have a well balanced temperamentally and physically.
Training and Caring
Abyssinians are energetic cats and, if their calorie intake is controlled, they can maintain a healthy weight. They need perches and cat trees to jump on and climb.
Abyssinians are social, so it is best to have some company around the house. This can be done by having another cat or pet around when human companions are not at home.
The Abyssinian is a cat that loves attention and is affectionate. They like to be around their owner and can often be found on the lap, arm, or shoulder of their favorite person. The Abyssinian coat is easy to maintain with regular brushing and combing, but they do need lots of grooming time as they enjoy it so much.
The average lifespan for an Abyssinian is 12 to 14 years. Some health problems common to this breed include gingivitis, kidney disorder , hereditary retinal degeneration, and heart disease.