Abyssinian

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The Abyssinian[1]

Shorthaired, firm and muscular, the Abyssinian is a lithe and fast moving cat with the exotic look of an ancient Egyptian animal god. The Abyssinian cat is known for its sleek, shiny coat and unbounded playfulness. The Abyssinian is an elegant, medium-sized, muscular but slender bodied cat. It has a short, silky & close lying coat with distinct ticking. A slightly wedge-shaped head with almond shaped eyes & large ears. The tail is long & tapering.

Abyssinians come in a variety of colours; Tawny (Ruddy), Blue, Cinnamon (Sorrel), Fawn, Chocolate, Lilac and all these colours with Silver.

Abyssinians are highly intelligent, extroverted & active cats. They love people & like to be included in everyday family life. Abyssinian cats often enjoy a game of fetch with their human companions. They are not an overly talkative cat & have a quiet voice.

Words often used to describe Abyssinians include loyal, active, intelligent, playful & inquisitive.

Many Abyssinians are prone to gingivitis, so feeding a quality alternative dry food at least three to five times a week to help prevent tartar build up and keep gums healthy.

Disease susceptibility

Patella luxation
Dwarfism
Hip dysplasia
Umbilical hernia
  • Hormonal
Hypothyroidism (Goitre)
  • Ocular
Corneal sequestrum
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Progressive rod cone degeneration and rod cone dysplasia
  • Systemic
Familial amyloidosis
Feline infectious peritonitis
Pyruvate kinase deficiency
Gingivitis (hyperplastic, early onset)
Aortic thromboembolism
Pulmonic stenosis
  • Skin
Ceruminous otitis externa
Psychogenic alopecia

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