Abyssinian, the legend.
The Abyssinian is one of the oldest domesticated cats in the world. It is often mentioned in correlation to Ancient Egypt, as a companion of the great pharaohs.
The breed got a striking resemblance to how we imagine spoiled temple cats to behave. It is famous for demanding both attention and respect. It this unlikely this got anything to do with its relation to the pharaohs.
Instead, it indicates that the cat is an intelligent one, with a need and desire to socialise.
It is worth mentioning the name 'Abyssinian' comes from the prehistoric 'Abyssinia', now named Ethiopia. Due to its name, the breed is believed to derive from Abyssinia, and later got introduced to Egypt through traders.
If someone were to pick up an Abyssinian cat, it would immediately twist itself out of their hold as they don’t like it. However, it wouldn’t shy away in offence, as it would be more likely to stay in the room due to its nosiness.
Abyssinians find everything their owners do to be intriguing. They love to witness everything from the side-line.
It is an adaptable breed unafraid of new situations and environments. When introduced to someplace new, it is unlikely to wander off. It will prefer to explore closer to its owner.
Abyssinian with children and other pets
The Abyssinian has a remarkably high energy drive and a constant desire for attention. They go along fairly well with children and other pets. But will not tolerate rough handling. And they will not hesitate to alert anyone if treated wrong.
If the child or pet are acting accordingly to what the Abyssinian considers to be good behaviour. Then the games shall continue for as long as possible.
Abyssinian cat appearance
The breed is a majestic creature, both the way it looks and moves.
The body is long and slender with a tail that matches. The ears are similar to those of a puma; far apart, pointing upwards, and always alert. The eyes are big, oval, and exotic looking with an intense and almost hypnotic stare.
The fur of an Abyssinian is unique compared to a lot of domesticated cats. It is easy to groom because there is only one layer with thick strains of hair. When born, the kittens have a dark coat. It gradually gets brighter from the back down to the belly as they get older.
The hair strains can have up to four different colours on one strain, making a vibrant coat. The breed is reasonably allergenic friendly and only sheds a little.
Unfortunately, the Abyssinian has a history of long-term illnesses. Therefore, a potential owner must prepare to pay veterinarian fees in the future. Which is also a reason not to be hasty when choosing a breeder. Ask the breeder many questions about the previous cat's medical records, to be sure the cat is healthy.
Abyssinian cat price
A purebred Abyssinian cat will cost around $1200-2200 USD. Remember to do research before deciding to buy from a breeder. It is an important decision as a lot of breeders care less for the cats and more for the money.