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Abyssinian catWhere did Abyssinians get their distinctive appearance?

The most popular notion compares the cat's long, strong, elegant physique to cats depicted in early Egyptian art, concluding that it has all the earmarks of that country's provenance.

Adding to the mystique. Abys were first bred in the mid-to-late 19th century when a cat by the name of Zulu (brought back from the region by a British soldier), was said to be the first to establish the modern breed. More recent genetic studies, however, point more likely to the coastal region of the Indian Ocean and South East Asia.

Today, it may be fun and entertaining to believe in the far-off connections with ancient Egypt, yet the truth of where and when the first Abyssinian came to be remains lost in the mists of time.


Abyssinian behavior & personality

Abyssinian catWith their ever-playful personalities and very low boredom thresholds, Abys are - despite their regal appearance - more dog-like in behavior than most other cat breeds.

Intelligent and energetic, the Abyssinian requires lots of stimulation and exercise, although for most owners that is not hard to do since these cats are generally a delight to be around.

They are not necessarily cuddly, but watch carefully and be entertained as they scale the heights of a household, turn on water spouts, or open doors by themselves. Petty thievery is also often performed out in the open - if only to see your alarmed reaction!


Care & Health

High protein foods are often recommended for the very active, playful Abyssinian. Abys suffer from relatively few health concerns, although gum disease is a common ailment best prevented by occasional servings of dry feed to prevent feline gingivitis.

Abyssinians also have been known to develop PRA or progressive retina atrophy, a hereditary eye disease which if left untreated may lead to impaired vision and eventual blindness.


More information about Abyssinian cats around the Web:


Abyssinian cat - Wikipedia
- Check out information on their history, breeding, habits & behavior, and photo galleries of Abyssinian cats & kittens.

Abyssinian Cat Rescue - Discover lost, abandoned, or Abyssinians who can no longer be cared for - with how to's on identifying the breed, photo gallery, online adoption application form, and tips on introducing Abys into a new home.

Abyworld - Find out all about Abys with descriptions of their personality & behavior, a list of kittens available from an international breeders list, message board, photo galleries.

Mango Madness - Check out hard-to-resist photos of Mango the Abyssinian in action, including recent news, wallpapers, related links.

 

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