Routine Care: Abyssinians need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: Abyssinians have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.
Dental: Abyssinians often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
She is affectionate, gentle, and adaptable; a unique companion for the entire family.
Alert, curious, and busy
Has a quiet or soft voice
Loves jumping and being in high places
Entertaining, likes to "perform" for her owners
Graceful, quick, and agile
Highly interactive and playful with owners
May want to constantly be involved in your activities
People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time
Fearless and can get into trouble if not properly supervised
Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam
May not do well in small confined spaces like apartments; lots of room too roam is ideal
Can have an unstable temperament if not bred properly, including nervousness, shyness or fearfulness
Whether you are considering adding a new Abyssinian to your family or you already have one as a companion, it's important to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Abyssinian will have these problems, but research shows that your pal is more at risk than other breeds to develop certain conditions. Explore the health concerns specific to the Abyssinian and become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues an Abyssinian could encounter:
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI)/hemolytic icterus
Increased osmotic fragility of erythrocytes
Pyruvate kinase deficiency
Resorptive oral lesions
Shaft disorder of Abyssinian cats
The Abyssinian is thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and the Indian Coast. They are said to be one of the oldest cat breeds, resembling cats depicted in Egyptian tombs. Abyssinians have a distinctive wildcat look with their ticked coat and large erect ears. They are a highly social breed and can be demanding of attention. They do well in multi-cat households due to their social nature. Not a snuggly lap cat, Abyssinians are in constant motion, either exploring or playing. They are fond of water and are even known to play fetch. The Abyssinian is people-oriented and can be demanding of your attention.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Abyssinian shows signs of the following:
Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss
Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis, labored breathing, collapse, weakness on one side of the body
Lethargy, pale gums
Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing
Lameness, abnormal hind gait
Areas of shortened hair or baldness; licking when stressed, anxious, or bored
Broken whiskers or bald spots
Episodes of agitation with rippling skin, crying, chewing at the skin