Abyssinian cat
Tabby and Silver/Smoke.

Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica



The name of Abyssinia refers to Ethiopia, but most of the stories about the origins of the Abyssinian refer to Egypt. The research of their genes suggests that the Abyssinian cat breed originated off the coast of the Indian Ocean, where could settlers have bought the animal traders of wild animals. The breed was developed in Egypt.

The race could originate from an Egyptian cat named Zula, that was acquired by a British soldier brought to England in a port of Alexandria in 1868. This theory is not established because there is a strong link between Zula and the first cat on the list referred to as an Abyssinian in 1882.

Many sources date back to the race Abyssinian is a few thousand years old, coming from the old Egypt , as cats that appear in ancient paintings. The ancient Egyptians made sculptures of them. There are also stories that “abisinios” wild living in parts of North Africa today.

Physical characteristics

The appearance of the "Abyssinian cat" resembles that of a small puma. They are elegant and athletic cats with long, small legs.. Wedge-shaped head sits atop a graceful neck and has large ears set wide apart. Some cats have tufts of hair on their ears similar to those of the lynx. The eyes, big and almond shaped, they can be green, walnut brown or amber. The specially colored coat of the purebred cat is short, soft and close to the body. Each of the hair is ringed in various colors, which creates a great effect. This so-called tic-tac can be pronounced in different variations.

The breed standard includes all four chestnut colors (bright copper red with chocolate brown bands), blue (warm blue-gray with dark steel gray bands), Griffon (muted beige with dark cream bands) and the typical wild color (reddish brown with black bands). Of all the colors there is also the Silver variety, where the base color is a light silver shade. Ideally, cats should be completely free of patterns and markings..

Character and skills

The "Abyssinian cat" is considered an intelligent and active cat breed, who gets excited about any kind of game. Especially when he's young, the cat has an irrepressible temperament and a great desire for movement. Prefers to play with other cats, so it is not recommended to have it alone. These curious cats are very people-oriented and follow their humans everywhere. In doing so, they rarely become pushy with a soft voice and prefer to watch their two-legged friend's every action. When they get stressed, these uncomplicated cats react extremely robustly and do not let anything disturb them.

Care "Abyssinian cat"

Indoor or outdoor cat?

The "Abyssinian cat" it is an active and freedom loving breed that needs a lot of exercise. It is difficult for me to be happy locked in a small apartment. Safe access to the outdoors would be ideal for this active breed. Walks in the enclosed garden or on the balcony give a lot of pleasure to the cat. If neighborhood conditions permit, it is also a great outdoor cat.

How much activity does the "Abyssinian cat"?

If you purchase a "Abyssinian cat", you should not expect a well behaved lap cat. He loves to explore his surroundings, climb and jump. Thanks to its enormous resistance and jumping power, no place in the house is safe from her. A tall, stable cat tree is an absolute must for every cat owner.. Here they can live their desire to move, as well as sharpen its claws and rest. The clever velvet paws also rejoice in any kind of mental occupation and cheerfully accept intelligence toys. They like to be taught little tricks and enjoy going for a walk on or off the leash with their owner..

Care and feeding

Thanks to its short coat with little undercoat, cat grooming is especially easy. It is enough to remove the loose hairs from the coat with a rubber brush from time to time. When the coat changes, brush a little more often to soothe the cat. To be happy, cats also need a balanced and healthy diet. It is best to adapt the food to the age of the cat and its desire to move. There should also always be enough fresh drinking water available. A drinking fountain with bubbly water is easily accepted by most representatives of the breed..

Buy a "Abyssinian cat"

Before acquiring an Abyssinian cat, you need to make sure you can offer this four-legged friend a species-appropriate home. Once the decision is made, it is best to buy the kitten from a trusted breeder from a registered breeding association.

Pay attention to the behavior and appearance of kittens and parents. For a purebred kitten with papers you pay a few 800 EUR.

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Alternative names:

    1. Abyssinian, Abys (English).
    2. Bunny Cat, Aby (French).
    3. Abessinier (German).
    4. Abisinio (Portuguese).
    5. Abisinio (Spanish).