Awesome Abyssinians & Their Amusing Antics!
Abyssinian is an extrovert breed who loves to interact with people and have a great attachment to their pet-parents. They prefer to be an involved member of the family.
Facets of their fascinating history
Anne Teresa Carroll The roots of Abyssinian cats can be traced directly to the Nile Valley. In the 1860s, a cat named Zulu was brought to Britain by Lord Robert Napier following a military expedition to Abyssinia. She was the foundation of the beautiful breed, which is known as the Abyssinian today. The breed was developed in Great Britain and later it has become extremely popular in Europe, the United States, and Canada. In the late 1960s, when the feline leukaemia virus almost destroyed the breed in Britain, more Abyssinians were brought into Britain to re-establish the breed.
Curious & amusing – Abyssinians will keep you on your toes
Abyssinians are incredibly smart and curious. They are very amusing but also need a lot of amusement. They are very athletic and love to climb, jump, run, leap, and explore. They can be challenging cats for pet parents who are seeking a mellow, snugly, and laidback cat or who stay out of home for long periods of time
Happy to coexist!
Abyssinians can be a major jokester, who’ll try to impress you with their acrobatic antics. They can be found perching on your shoulder, leaping to great heights, and scaling your tallest bookshelves. They are endlessly curious. Life with an Abyssinian is anything but boring.
Abyssinians are strong companion cats. They always enjoy the company of their human companions and will often converse with them in soft, pleasant chirrups, rather than something akin to the traditional meow. Unfortunately, this high-spirited cat can become depressed if she doesn’t receive enough human attention. It’s a good idea to provide your Abyssinian with interactive toys and puzzle feeders to keep her mind engaged and out of trouble.
A little care goes a long way
Abyssinians don’t tend to be huge shedders outside of their regular shedding seasons, so daily grooming should be relatively easy. They like being combed and will reward you with a loving purr. Like all cats, an Abyssinian also needs access to fresh water and food, and a clean litter box is a must.
One of the things that makes the Abyssinian such a popular breed is their relative robust health. But there are still some general health conditions pet parents need to watch out for.
More about these athletic beings
I have been practising and teaching Taekwondo for more than 50 years, I have an extremely active lifestyle. If I have to look up to a cat breed that suits my lifestyle, I believe the best breed would be an Abyssinians.
These highly active felines are always on the move. Their combined athleticism and curiosity results in a breed that is constantly jumping, climbing, and exploring.
In my last trip to Russia in 2021, I was invited to a world-renowned Abyssinian cattery named ‘Mirror of Soul’ owned by Tatyana Mezhevtsova. I got to meet her world-class Abyssinian cats. There was this one cute little blue Abyssinian kitty who came and sat on my lap. She was there with me the whole day and by the end of the day I had created a strong bond with her. It was very difficult for me to leave her. On the drive back I was thinking about how magnificent these cats are and I considered myself lucky to be able to spend a day in that Abyssinian heaven. (Anne Teresa Carroll).