Of very uncertain origins, the Abyssinian does not leave anyone indifferent with its coat that seems to shine with each movement. And this is a cat that moves a lot: its high level of energy and curiosity does not suit everyone, especially those looking for an animal of lap, although it is a race thirsty for attention.
The Abyssinian is often seen as the puma of the realm of domestic cats. The fault is its wild appearance, its elegant movements and the dotted effect of its mantle, very similar to that of that great feline, mainly in the coloring Ruddy (orange brown), the most common and appreciated in the race.
Some short-haired breeds are not properly valued for being associated with racoous cats, but the Abyssinians escaped this stigma, maintaining a growing legion of admirers who claim that it is impossible to mistake it for an animal without a Pedigree.
ABYSSINIAN GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ABYSSINIAN
They were made to be the center of attention in the privacy of your home, with the owners, but not to unknown people, spaces and animals, which, despite its beauty and elegance, does not make it a good exhibition cat.
The curiosity of the Abissínio is not only in his facial expression, but also in his personality. Especially in the case of females, they are very active cats that need constant exercise to burn their entire energy and it is therefore advisable to have access to a fenced outdoor space. If you are always indoors, you have to be careful of windows and doors, as they are good explorers and hunters, and can be fired at the slightest movement.
They will also look for distractions inside, which may mean climbing the curtains or furniture and playing with any kind of objects. If they are offered by the owners, they will not do much damage at home.
PHYSICIST OF THE ABYSSINIAN
Appearing to be a wild feline, the Abyssinian has a muscular and supple body, with a rounded rib cage and slightly arched back. The neck is long and the paws are long, straight and thin, giving the sensation that the cat stays on the tip of the claws. On the head, wedge-shaped and with slightly rounded contours, the ears are set wide and face forward, and the almond and shiny eyes, which give it an always alert and curious expression.
One of the main characteristics of the breed is the marking of its coat, which is called ticking (a dotted effect of the strands that mix light and dark tones, with the tip always dark).
TEMPERAMENT OF THE ABYSSINIAN
The Abyssinian, gentle and sensitive and sociable, likes and needs the attention and closeness of his owners, of whom he is deeply devoted, and suffers greatly from solitude. However, it is an animal that values your freedom a great deal and does not feel trapped, quickly becoming restless and destructive.
Shy and reserved at first glance, he is considered an independent cat, but as long as the interaction involves playfulness, he is quite friendly, even with other pets. His energetic and extroverted character is, in fact, one of the most striking psychological features of the Abyssinian.
ABYSSINIAN HEALTH PROBLEMS
- Renal amyloidosis.
- Patellar dislocation.
- Deficiency of the enzyme Pyruvate Kinase, which causes anemia.
- Progressive atrophy of the retina.
CARING FOR THE ABYSSINIAN
- Weekly brushing helps prevent periodontal disease, but it is important to take it to a feline dental specialist so that it is properly monitored.
- Bi-weekly brushing is recommended with a soft-bristled brush, first against and then in favor of the wires, to remove the dead hairs.
- As a very active breed, it requires a diet that can meet your energy needs.
ORIGIN OF THE ABYSSINIAN
Although it is an ancient breed, its origin is uncertain and there are not many records to prove where it came from. On the one hand, there are those who believe that he was born on the banks of the Nile because of their resemblance to the sacred cats of Ancient Egypt; on the other, is said to descend from a cat named Zula, transported to Great Britain by troops who returned from the War of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in 1868. This specimen was exhibited a few years later at the Crystal Palace in London.
Another theory puts the origin of the Abyssinus in India or other Asian regions, as there were similar cats in those parts of the world.
Recognized in England in 1882, the breed was ascertained through crossings with Short Hair English, but after the two World Wars and an epidemic of feline leukemia in the 1960s and 1970s, it almost disappeared, forcing breeders to begin from scratch.
CURIOSITIES ABOUT THE ABYSSINIAN
The Disney film The Cat That Came From Space , 1978, had an Abyssinian as the protagonist, played by two brothers, Rumble and Amber. The story follows Jake, an alien feline who, after landing on Earth, relies on the humans he crosses to return home.
The Abyssinian is probably the tallest domestic feline, reaching a height of almost 2 meters. Thanks to this ability, the Vet Street site has named him one of the eleven most playful cat breeds.
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