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Abyssinians, affectionately known as Abys, are a popular domestic short-haired cat breed. They are believed to be of Egyptian origin; however, the breed developed in the UK. Today, they make loving, friendly, and playful feline companions for families throughout Great Britain and worldwide.
Meet the Abyssinian
Abyssinians have unique “ticked” tabby coats where individual hairs contain different colours. This gives a beautiful sheen look to their fur, which looks stunning under sunlight. As they grow into adults, Aby’s become lean and muscular with long legs and tails. They also have relatively small paws, making them look like they are standing on tiptoes because of their long legs. Moreover, their athletic figure gives them the appearance of a wild cat.
Their faces are cute yet distinctive, and they have wedge-shaped heads. They possess slightly too large ears, large almond-shaped eyes, and an M-shaped marking, all of which add to their adorability. They have an ‘always alert’ look, making it difficult to tell how relaxed they are. This is due to the forward-facing ears and the shape of their eyes.
You’ll find Abyssinians in various colours; however, the most common is a warm, reddish-brown base with black ticking. There are also silver Abyssinians, but these are a separate group. As for their eyes, most have either gold or green eyes, but sometimes it can be a mixture of both colours.
Classed as a medium-sized cat breed, your Aby will likely weigh between 8 to 12 pounds (3.5 - 5.5 kg) once fully grown. Their average lifespan is between 10 to 15 years.
Despite looking like a wild cat, Abyssinians are one of the most loving cat breeds who adore spending time with humans. In fact, they possess an almost dog-like desire to follow their owner around the house.
Aside from being loyal and loving companions, Abys are extremely intelligent, super playful, and curious explorers. They seem to retain their high kitten-like energy as they age and love regular play sessions. Therefore, an Abyssinian is not a lap cat.
Because of their desire to explore, don’t be surprised to find your Aby sitting atop the fridge or a door. In fact, these cats will make it their mission to reach the highest places in the house!
Abys are a social cat breed and display great confidence when meeting new people. They are not one to hide under the sofa and instead will lap up the chance for some extra attention.
Another reason why Abyssinians are similar to dogs is their ability to learn tricks and be trained. However, because they are so bright, if you don’t take the opportunity to train them and teach them the rules when they are young, they will quickly be running rings around you!
10 Reasons to add Abyssinian to your Family
- Good with other pets - They are great with other animals, including other cats. They also get along with dogs much more than many other breeds, primarily if you socialize them young.
- Very adaptable - They adapt and deal well with change, such as moving house throughout their lives.
- They like children - They love children and have the confidence to play with them rather than run away. However, they are intelligent enough to stay away from very young children, such as toddlers, who may cause them harm.
- Low maintenance - They require a low level of cleaning. You do not need to wash your Aby. Instead, you should brush them once a week or so and wipe them down with a cloth from time to time.
- They will make you laugh - Because of their crazy antics of zooming around and jumping up to high places, your Aby will fill your home with laughter and love.
- They make excellent companions - Some cats are so independent that you can often forget you have a pet. However, this is never the case with an Abyssinian. They will always be in the same room as you and will stay right by your side as you work, eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom with you.
- They can learn tricks - If you’ve ever wanted to teach a cat some tricks, now is your chance. Abyssinians are generally trainable, and it’s not uncommon to see an Aby playing fetch with its owner.
- They are not loud - Although an Abyssinian will follow you around, they will usually do so in a quiet way. They are not super vocal, and if they are meowing, it’s most likely because they are hungry or want to play.
- They are known to be very healthy - Unlike some cat breeds, Abyssinians do not have a wide range of potential health issues. They are likely to maintain good health throughout their life if well cared for.
- They make brilliant family cats - Because of their friendly nature and goofy personality, they quickly become a much-loved and essential family member.
Best Homes for Abyssinian
Because Abyssinians are social with adults and children alike, they do well in family homes. They are also a good choice if you have other cats or pets. They typically do not take too long to become comfortable around other animals.
One thing to note about Abyssinians is that as they love to be around people, they would be most happy in a home where someone is home most of the day. So, if you’re a housewife or you work from home, an Aby could make your perfect feline companion.
Abyssinians enjoy being outdoors and exploring their surroundings. Therefore, if they have access to the outside world, they will be most happy. However, if you are not keen to let them free roam, they are easily trainable to walk on a leash.
It is also totally okay to keep an Aby as an indoor-only cat. However, you will need to ensure their environment has enough stimulation to keep this high-energy breed entertained. Cat trees, climbing spots, and lots of puzzle toys to challenge their intelligent mind will help to keep them happy and fulfilled indoors.
Frequently Asked Questions About Abyssinian Kittens
What Clients Say About Our Abyssinian Kittens
The Pedigree Paws was recommended to me by a friend and I made the right decision following her advice! I got my second cat from them and my aby is just so sweet, very energetic, and in good health. Thank you!!
I bought my first Abyssinian cat from The Pedigree Paws and they did not disappoint me. They were very accommodating and answers all my questions regarding the breed as I wasn’t sire it is right for me. I have been looking for the best breeders and thankfully I found The Pedigree Paws! Their customer service is top, thank you . My cat was delivered to me in no time and with no hassle at all. Highly recommended!
I have been eyeing to get an Abyssinian for awhile. I have see few websites and at last, saw The Pedigree Paws. I had very specific demands on the features of the cat that I wanted, and they indeed offered me the “one”. I had to attend a very important event which involved leaving the UK and the delivery of my Aby had to be moved for a few weeks. They were very understanding and rescheduled the trip smoothly. I couldn’t ask for more! One of the best customer services EVER! Milly arrived happily and she is the perfect Abyssinian. Thank you so much.
The team is very accommodating. The process is smooth, and they gave me an excellent experience. I initially emailed them and then I received a call few hours after. They truly know their cats and the breeds. Every question I asked was answered. My aby arrived right on schedule. I am recommending The Pedigree Paws especially if you are a first-time owner.
My family is extremely happy with our Aby. She’s so sweet and very sociable. She was delivered at our doorstep which was amazing! They made sure to always contact me and inform me about everything. I might get a new one and I will surely get it from The Pedigree Paws.
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