Abyssinian Cat Breed

The people of Abyssinia are extremely intelligent and incredibly curious. They are intrepid and will explore every nook and crevice. Because of their propensity to seize anything that catch their eye, they are frequently referred to as “Aby-grabbys”. The exuberant Aby enjoys climbing and jumping. Have a selection of toys on hand to keep her amused, including brain-testing puzzle toys.


She seems to be constantly moving, yet occasionally she will stop and curl up next to you on the couch or in bed. Even though she is independent, she functions best when she has a fellow Aby buddy to match her high levels of activity while you are away. Abyssinians enjoy receiving attention from you and your polite children. They also get along well with dogs that are cat-friendly and other animals like big parrots and ferrets.


The skull of an Abyssinian is wedge-shaped but rounded, with wide ears and almond-shaped, gold- or green-hued eyes. Her thin, athletic physique is supported by fine-boned legs and is muscular and athletic.


9 to 15 years

Colour Collection

The “ticked” coat of Abyssinians changes between bright and dark bands of colour on each hair shaft. Their warm glow makes them look like cougar-like wild cats. The coat is available in the four major colours of fawn, red, blue, and ruddy brown. However, some organisations do allow for more colours.

Hair fall

Weekly grooming is enough to keep your Aby’s coat in good condition, but to get rid of loose hair more quickly during shedding seasons, you might need to brush and bathe your dog more frequently.


Despite the greatest efforts of ethical breeders to test for and remove genetic health issues, cats may still contract certain illnesses or ailments. Abyssinians may be more susceptible to the following:
  • Early-stage periodontal illness
  • Syndrome of hyperesthesia
  • Lumping of the patella
  • progressive retinal atrophy
  • Lack of pyruvate kinase
  • kidney amyloidosis

Breed History

At the Crystal Palace cat show in 1871, an Abyssinian was first displayed. She came in third. Although her origins are unknown, her owner claimed she was brought in from Ethiopia (then known as Abyssinia) during the conflict. Despite the fact that the name of the breed comes from this tale, genetic testing indicate that Abys originated in the coastal areas of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. British and Dutch traders transported them to Europe.
The United States originally brought in Abyssinians in 1900, but a breeding programme wasn’t started until more of them arrived from Britain in the 1930s. Only around a dozen of the cats survived the devastation of World War II in Europe, but because they were imported to the United States, the breed recovered and has slowly increased in popularity.


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