The Abyssinian is one of the top five most popular cat breeds world-wide
The overall appearance of the Abyssinian is of a wild or jungle cat
The Abyssinian’s fur carries bands of color giving her a richness and depth not seen in other breeds
The Abyssinian is a medium-sized cat with a long body and nicely developed muscles. She is an active cat that loves to jump and play
They have round, wedge-shaped heads with distinctive small tufts on the tips of ears and large almond-shaped eyes. The short, close-lying coat of an Abyssinian cat, has a distinctive 'ticked' look caused by bands of colour on each hair
Abyssinians don’t do well in apartments or small, confined spaces. A big house with lots of room to roam is ideal. However, because they like to escape and explore the world, an escape-proof space is important
Abyssinian cats, or Abys, are often called the "Clowns of the Cat Kingdom"
Abyssinians are not usually considered "lap cats," as they are too preoccupied with exploring and playing
Abys can leap six feet or more into the air
Temperature Tolerance Cats can overheat in hot weather.
Breed History of Abyssinian Cat
Abyssinian cat breed trace her roots directly to the Nile Valley, she was actually developed in Great Britain. In the 1860s, a cat was brought to Britain by Lord Robert Napier following a military expedition to Abyssinia. This cat was named Zulu and she was the foundation of the beautiful breed known today as the Abyssinian.
The unique ticking pattern on the coat of the Abyssinian reminded people of the camouflage pattern on the coat of the wild rabbit. This characteristic was so delightful that Zulu was bred to random-bred cats that carried a similar look to their coat and the Abyssinian breed was created
The breed itself was extremely popular and Abyssinian cats were soon being bred throughout Europe and in the United States and Canada.
This popularity proved to be the salvation of the breed as the two world wars almost decimated the breed in Europe. New Abyssinians were imported and the breed continued. In the late 1960s, when the feline leukemia virus almost destroyed the breed once again in Britain, more Abyssinians were brought into Britain to reestablish the breed again
The breed is thought to be a mix of Siamese, Burmese, and Russian Blue
Gender Identification – Abyssinian Cats
Determination of sex seems to be an easy thing. Anus and genital opening in male kittens are farther apart than in female kittens
In females, the genital opening is immediately below the anus. In males, it's a notable distance away
Temperament of Abyssinians The Abyssinian is vocally a quiet cat with a lovely ‘chirrup’ by way of greeting. It is a delightful human companion, is very intelligent, learns very quickly what you want it to do, quick to learn new games and quite regularly can be taught to ‘fetch’ and retrieve Coat Colors of Abyssinian Cat
Most Abyssinian kittens are born with dark coats. The kittens’ coats will gradually lighten as they mature.
Abyssinians have the breed’s signature ticking. First, this means that there are bands of color in each hair. This gives them an agouti coat.
Secondly, in a ticked coat, the hairs have a light base. From the base of the hair up to the tip of the hair, four to six bands of different colors can be seen
Finally, a ticked coat is a genetic variant of the commonly seen tabby color. Therefore, “Abyssinian tabby cat” is still an accurate description.
Some Abyssinians even have the traditional tabby “M” mark on their forehead
There are four Abyssinian cat colors championship-qualified by TICA:
Ruddy (also known as “Usual” in the United Kingdom, as it is the breed’s most distinctive color)
Sorrel (also known as “Cinnamon” or “Red”)
Fawn (also known as “Pale Tan”)
Other Colour variations they also exist but are not championship-qualified yet:
Torbie (a combination of a “Tortoise Shell” and “Tabby” coat)
Lilac (A “Rose-Grey”)
Black (this isn’t actually black, but a “Black/Dove-Grey” coat with silver tips)
Silver/White/Grey (resulting from a white coloring close to the bottom of the hair shaft, recognized as a breed standard by the Cat Fanciers Association only)
Eye Color of Abyssinian cat: Blue, Green, Copper, Hazel Grooming Requirements of Abyssinian Cat
They don’t require a lot of grooming. Because they have short, dense coats, they are very low-maintenance cats.
The Abyssinian cat's coat is easy to care for. It will enjoy brushing or combing and if you really want a 'professional' shine you can 'polish' it by stroking gently with a damp chamois leather to bring out the gleam in the coat. As with all cats, this breed needs regular vaccinations, parasite control and annual health checks
Daily Feed Requirements of Abyssinian Cat
Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat
Many people think that cats need milk. But they don't. NO you cannot cats are lactose intolerant and it will give kitty an upset stomach and the runs. Cats only need water to drink. If you wanna give them milk, buy lactose free milk only
Feeding Times From age six months to maturity, feed two times a day." Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate
It is recommend that diet plan of cat should include roughly 80% wet or moist food and 20% dry food
Alternatively you can try “Premium Daily Diet for Cats” made through the ‘Secret Recipe’ of Nadia Pets Cross. It also contains essential dietary requirements, minerals, vitamins, preventive medicines and a branded breeding formula to enhance fertility in your Cat
What Foods Are Poisonous To Cats?
Make sure that the Persian cats Should not eat following or could make them sick:
Alcohol- even a very small amount can make a cat very sick.
Dairy products- Adult cats are lactose intolerant which means that they cannot digest lactose which is present in milk and dairy products.
Raw meat & fish
Grapes & raisins
Onions & garlic
Another common household item that can be toxic to cats and dogs is Antifreeze. Even small amounts can be lethal and the symptoms such as; Vomiting, dizzy or drunken appearance
Reproduction Facts - Abyssinian Cats
The mating process can take several days. A female Abyssinian’s heat cycle begins at maturity and doesn’t stop until she’s bred. They are polyestrous, therefore they come into heat several times a year. Indoor cats, affected by artificial lighting, go through heat cycles throughout the year
The male is placed in the same room as the female Abyssinian, and they are allowed to become familiar. If the queen has progressed from proestrus to estrus, she will let the male touch her. The mating itself barely takes half a minute
You must be sure to provide some route of escape for the male cat after mating, since the female is likely to react aggressively
The Abyssinian female can be mated up to three times in a day, for the first three days of estrus
It’s common for a litter to have multiple fathers, and some breeders prefer to have more than one stud breeding the female to ensure fertility
Cats are reflex ovulators, which means that they only ovulate once they’re bred. If your female Abyssinian fails to become pregnant then she will start a new heat cycle after about a week. If she miscarries, her body will rest for about two months before resuming the estrus cycle again
Gestation Period is 63 to 70 days
One week before the due date, it’s best to isolate your pregnant cat from the rest of the animals and give her a safe, clean, and comfortable place to give birth to her litter
Once the kittens are born, you should put betadine solution or gel on the severed umbilical chord until it dries and falls off a day later
The kittens should be kept in their mother’s care with very little human interference for the first few months of their lives
Ideally, the female cat should not be bred more than twice a year, while the stud should be given a few weeks’ rest in between mating. If the litter is particularly big, her reproductive rest may be kept even longer
Abyssinians are born white (unless they are minks) by the time they are 10 days old their points and patterns and Colors make an appearance
Good Luck Omen about Cats Those little cat figurines with the raised paws are meant to draw good luck, wealth and prosperity to their owners. Often they are white, but Lucky Cats also come in black. A black Lucky Cat not only brings luck but also frightens away demons, evil energy, and stalkers
Bad Omen about Cats Most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death
Color Vision — It's a common misconception that cats can't see any colors, only shades of gray. Humans are known as trichromats, meaning they have three kinds of cones that allow them to see red, green, and blue. A cat's vision is similar to a human who is color blind
Due to their reduced night vision, these cats are more likely to get into accidents at night, especially if you live in a high-traffic area. Consider keeping your Abyssinian cat in after dark for its own safety
Abyssinian Cat Diseases, Diagnostic, and Treatment
Abyssinian cats can suffer from an inherited disease called pyruvate kinase deficiency that can cause anaemia. A reliable test is available for this and prospective owners should ask breeders if their cats have been tested and are clear of the problem.
An eye problem, called progressive retinal atrophy, which causes progressive blindness has been indentified in some countries so it is worth asking the breeder about this as well
Gingivitis This curable disease appears as swelling in the gums. The redness and swelling are caused by plaque and calculus under the gums as a result of organic matter mixed with calcium phosphate and carbonate being stuck under the teeth. Risk increases with age, a soft-food diet and bad chewing habits. Left untreated, the disease can advance to a more serious condition called periodontitis
Other problems that may affect the Abyssinian include the following:
Early-onset periodontal disease
Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that can cause cats to excessively groom themselves, leading to hair loss, and to act frantically, especially when they are touched or petted
Patellar luxation, a hereditary dislocation of the kneecap that can range from mild to severe. Severe cases can be alleviated with surgery.
Renal amyloidosis, a heritable disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in body organs, primarily the kidneys in Abyssinians. It eventually leads to kidney failure
Vaccination Schedule - Cat
Kittens are vaccinated once every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age or older. However, to avoid over-vaccination, most veterinarians will recommend starting the vaccine at 8 weeks of age, followed by boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. Rabies is the other core kitten vaccination
Recommended vaccine for kitten commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”). Rabies