Where 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
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 coast the Indian Ocean and South
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 right in front you -- if only to see your
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.
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.
about Abyssinian cats around the Web:
cat - Wikipedia - Check out information on their history, breeding, habits
and photo galleries of Abyssinian cats & kittens.
- 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.
Madness - Check out hard-to-resist photos of Mango the Abyssinian
in action, including recent news, wallpapers, and related resources.