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Abyssinian Cats:

The Abyssinian is domesticated breed with a distinctive thick coat.

It is one of the most popular breeds of short haired cats today. The Abyssinian's body is of medium length, and has well-developed muscles. Its legs are slender in proportion to the body. It has a fine bone structure and small, oval paws.

Its tail is fairly long, broad at the base and tapers to a point. It has a broad head and eyes shaped like almonds, usually in beautiful colors like gold, green, hazel or copper. The Abyssinian has rather large ears. The coat has a unique ticking patter, and over the years, various colors have been developed from the original form.

The Abyssinian is a very active, playful, willful and intelligent cat. They are probably the most active breed of all cats. They are always preoccupied with exploring and playing. They are very popular among both breeders and owners, and could be very successful show cats. They are extremely loveable cats and need a great deal of interaction with their owners in order to keep them happy. These cats could get depressed without daily activity and attention. They get along very well with other cats most of the time, but need their space. The females can sometimes become irritable around other cats. Always remember that cats are naturally curious, so you will need to provide them with plenty of toys and activities. A bored cat can become very destructive in the long run. They love toys and scratch posts and can play for hours with a favorite ball. Like dogs, some Abyssinians love to play fetch.

Most Abyssinians aren’t big eaters like some cat breeds, but you may still want to be sure your cat is not overeating. If it starts to become too fat, you may want to consult your vet about this. Most Abyssinians are prone to hereditary eye disease called retinal atrophy. Although this eye problem is more common in dogs than it is in cats, this is one cat breed that often suffers from the condition. You should talk to your vet if you need more information. Since your Abyssinian has a short, sleek coat it requires minimal grooming, but it would still be a good idea to brush your cat on a regular basis.

This is a beautiful cat breed that will definitely provide you many years of love and enjoyment. If you are looking for a sweet, good-natured, loving cat then this is a breed you should consider.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010