Abyssinian Cat

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Abyssinian Cat

The Abyssinian cat looks similar to the African wildcat. This cat breed can directly trace her roots to Nile Valley.

In 1860, it was brought to Britain by an army officer Lord Robert Napier from Abyssinian (now Ethiopia).

This cat was named Zulu, and it was the first cat breed referred to today as the Abyssinian cat. At the initial stage, these cats were crossed with British Shorthairs, and later with oriental breeds.


Abyssinian cats have beautiful medium-sized cats with strong flexible bodies and long slender legs. They have round wedge-shaped heads with distinctive small tufts on the tips of ears and large almond-shaped eyes.

 They will talk to you in a soft voice. The coat on the Abyssinian is short and has tufts of hair in her ears. The coloring of the Abyssinian is very unique.

The majority of the fur has lines of color on each individual hair with the coat looking darker along the spine line. The most well know color is ‘ruddy’ but there are several others.

Coat Length: Short, Medium

Abyssinian Cat lifespan: 9 to 15 years

Size: males weighing 7 to 10 pounds and females weighing 6 to 8 pounds

Abyssinian Cat Personality

The Abyssinian cat breed is very intelligent and curious and it enjoys a human company. It loves space and activity, this cat is a very good climber, and will enjoy a garden full of trees and high places.

This cat-like their coat being combed or rubbed with a chamois cloth, it is easy to care for.

Feeding & Grooming

Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food.

Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food.

Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.

Grooming: The Abyssinian cat’s coat can be taken care of easily. It will enjoy brushing or combing and if you want a ‘professional’ shine you can ‘polish’ it by stroking gently with a damp chamois leather to bring out the gleam in the coat.

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