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Abyssinian
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One of the oldest breeds of cats, Abyssinians can trace their roots directly to the Nile Valley which makes them extremely unique.
Abyssinians, also referred to as Abys, are one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. Their ancestry can be traced to the Nile Valley. Recent studies show the Abyssinians originated near the coast of the Indian Ocean and in parts of Southeast Asia. Even though there’s little data on what breeds were crossed to create the Aby, many cat enthusiasts believe a mix between the Siamese, Burmese, and Russian Blue was a likely theory.
Over the years, Abys became extremely popular in Britain and the United States. Bred for their intelligence and distinctive look, they have been a popular imported cat since the 1800s. Throughout the 1900s, Abys were imported by nearly every country to be a show and house cat. Sometime during the late 1920s, Abys were officially recognized by the top cat associations such as the International Cat Association (TICA) and bred in the U.S. for the first time in 1935.
In the late 1960s, Abys got hit hard with a feline leukemia virus that almost destroyed the entire breed. Abyssinians were quickly brought into North America and Britain to reestablish the breed.
bred for:
Domesticated cat
origins:
Nile Valley/Ethiopia - Date N/A
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About Abyssinian
Their long, lean body gives Abys the ability to jump from great heights.
They’re an athletic feline with low body fat due to its fast paced metabolism. Compared to other medium-sized cats, Abys are not one to sit in place for long. They are curious creatures that consistently love exploring their habitats.
Abys are also known for their unique coat. Unlike other cat breeds, Abys have bands of color on each individual hair strand which results in a “ticked” pattern. In addition, the hair running along their spine is often darker in color, adding to the Aby’s beauty.
People often comment how the Abyssinians resemble depictions of ancient Egyptian cats. Their muscular body, arched neck, large ears, and almond shaped eyes make them look wild.
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Owning a Abyssinian
Abyssinian Health
Thankfully, Abyssinians are one of the few breeds that have less health concerns compared to other cats.
Their genes are fairly hearty which helps protect them from many major illnesses. However, they do have an increased risk of hyperthyroidism which will need to be watched and managed.
Routine exams are important to track dental hygiene, attend to potential signs of thyroid or kidney issues, and test blood for hemoglobin levels. Despite their overall healthiness, it’s important to be aware of these Abyssinian cat health issues:
Major Abyssinian Cat Health Problems
Retinal atrophy
Kidney problems
Hyperthyroidism
Pyruvate kinase deficiency (anemia)
Feline Leukemia
MinorAbyssinian Cat Health Problems
Accidents while climbing or jumping
Periodontal Diseases
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At a glance
Abyssinian Characteristics
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Height
Females: 8-10 inches
Males: 8-10 inches
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Weight
Male: 10-12 pounds
Female: 10-12 pounds
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Food
High protein diet, with reduced fat
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Activity Level
High
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Due to the fact they live between 9 to 13 years, caring for Abyssinian cat health issues can begin to add up as they progress in life.
Abyssinians are prone to a few major and minor illnesses that can be avoided with regular checkups. Enrolling your Abyssinian in pet insurance can help cover those preventative measures. Taking your feline companion to their annual exams allows your vet to note any changes that could signify a potential issue later in life.
Here at Prudent Pet, we believe proactive healthcare, is the best healthcare. Not only does pet insurance help save you money on sudden accidents or illnesses, but it can save you peace of mind when it comes to your beloved furry pal. No matter what life throws your way, you’ll be ready with Prudent Pet insurance.
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