by Barbara George
Tellington Ttouch Behaviourist
Abyssinians look like wild cats with their striking coat, athletic body and almost perpetual movement. These are active, intelligent and alert cats that enjoy freedom.
These popular, confident and out-going cats have a seemingly endless amount of energy, and need to be suitably stimulated, otherwise they will find their own amusement. Being curios, active, intelligent and good at copying others, they are quick to learn commands and tricks, such as opening cupboards, or walking on a harness and leash. They are excellent at jumping and climbing, and love heights. Abyssinians are great entertainers; this can be challenging when you need some quiet time. They should have access to enclosed gardens or catios, or supervised outdoor access. These cats remain active into their senior years.
Although there is no absolute proof of their origin, genetic testing suggests that the cats from South East India, brought back on trading ships. The first documented Abyssinian was from a cat show at Crystal Palace in 1871.
The beautiful ticked coat is easy to maintain, needing only light grooming. Health-wise, Abyssinians are pre-disposed to breed-related health issues. When buying a pedigree cat, enquire about health issues with the parents, siblings, and previous litters. They can weigh up to 5kg, and have a life expectancy of 15 years.
Abyssinians are independent, and don’t like to share their home – or humans – with other cats, but will get along with cat-friendly dogs. They need someone who has time every day to interact with them. They enjoy being the centre of attraction, and can get along with well-behaved children and dogs.
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