Perhaps the oldest breed of domestic cat on the planet, the Abyssinian bears a strong resemblance to the African wildcat. It features striking colouration and a penchant for athletic prowess, making it a favourite of exotic breeders. With Abyssinian cat pet insurance from PIA, you can provide your Aby with the care and attention that it deserves.
Abyssinian owners will be the first to tell you that their cat represents one of the oldest breeds in existence. There’s some potential truth to this claim, but the fact is that it wasn’t introduced to mainstream cat enthusiasts until the 19th century. One was brought back to the UK by Lord Robert Napier as he returned from a military conquest in the Nile Valley.
So while it’s certainly possible that the breed existed for centuries or even millennia in the Nile Valley, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that the felines we know as Abyssinians today were being bred by cat fanciers.
3.6 – 5.4 kg
Intelligent, playful, wilful and generally extroverted
Gingivitis, familial renal amyloidosis, hereditary retinal degeneration
UK (via Ethiopia)
Short, fine fur that seems to shimmer even when the cat is not in motion
Trademark ticked tabby colouration; begins dark and grows lighter as the cat ages
Weekly brushing is enough to care for the Abyssinian’s coat.
Frequent tooth brushing can help to counter gingivitis.
Is prone to separation anxiety and depression if left alone for prolonged periods.
The Abyssinian is medium-sized, with a long, lithe body and well-developed muscle tone. Her triangular head features a prominent dip, and her relatively large ears grant the appearance of always being tuned in to what’s going on around her. Indeed, the Abyssinian, with her large eyes and steady gaze, gives the impression of fine-tuned alertness.
The Abyssinian’s personality is refreshingly laid-back – especially for anyone who is accustomed to living with cats. They’re very active, known for jumping, climbing and outmanoeuvring their playmates. That’s said, this is a relatively low-maintenance breed that has no problem living indoors with limited space. However, they should be provided with a few climbing perches where they can seek the high ground.
Above all, the Abyssinian is a loving and affectionate breed. They adore their owners and are constantly looking for an opportunity to be loved and petted. This is also a surprisingly social breed that fares better when there is another cat (or even another pet or two) for it to spend time with.
If you would like to arrange pet insurance for an Abyssinian cat, PIA can help. We offer a variety of coverage options for cats and help you ensure that your feline companion enjoys years of health and happiness. Contact us today to learn more.
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