Abyssinian profile

A portrait of the wild-colored cat breed

With its special wild-colored fur and elegant appearance, the  Abyssinian cat is a real eye-catcher. Find out everything about the origin, nature and attitude of the old cat breed in the profile.

History and Origin of the Abyssinians

The exact origin of the Abyssinian cat is still disputed today. In the meantime, however, it is certain that the cat did not develop in the former Abyssinian Empire in East Africa, as initially assumed. Their origins lie more in Southeast Asia, where cats with this special coat color still occur today. The first representative of the breed came to England from Africa in 1868 as a result of the British colonial wars. How exactly the cat got to Abyssinia from Southeast Asia is not known. In a British cat book from 1874 there is a picture of the first representative of the breed called Zula.to see. The caption for the image reads: Ms. Captain Barret-Lennard’s cat, Zula. The cat comes from Abyssinia as a result of the war.

With its exotic, wild-colored coat, the new breed attracted a lot of attention from breeders across Europe. To further develop the stripe-free coat with ticking, they crossed the cat with domestic cats and the . Already in 1882 it was recognized as a new breed. This makes the breed one of the oldest in the world. In Germany, the 1st German Noble Cat Breeders Association registered the breed in 1933. A few years later, the pretty cats slowly spread to the USA. The pedigree cat suffered severe setbacks during the Second World War, which almost made it extinct. The breed has grown in popularity since the 1970s, but is very rare compared to others.

essence and character

The Abyssinian is considered an intelligent and active cat breed that is enthusiastic about any kind of play. Especially when they are young, cats have an irrepressible temperament and a great urge to move. She prefers to play with other cats, which is why keeping her alone is not recommended. The curious cats are very people-oriented and follow their people everywhere. They are rarely intrusive with a quiet voice and prefer to observe every action of their two-legged friend. When stressed, the uncomplicated cats react extremely robustly and are not disturbed by anything.

Appearance of the Abyssinians

The Abyssinian’s appearance resembles that of a small puma. They are elegant and athletic cats with long legs and small paws. The wedge – shaped head sits on a slender neck and has large , widely spaced ears. Some cats have tufts of lynx-like hair on their ears. The almond-shaped, large eyes can be green, hazel or amber. The pedigree cat’s specially colored fur is short, soft and lies close to the body. Each individual hair is multicolored banded, resulting in a great effect. This so-called ticking can be pronounced in different ways.

The four colors in the breed standard are sorrel (bright copper red with chocolate brown bands), blue (warm blue-grey with dark steel blue-grey bands), fawn (dull beige with dark cream bands) and the typical wild color (reddish brown with black bands). There is also a silver variant of all colors , in which the basic color is a light silver tone. Ideally, the cats are completely free of patterns and drawings.

attitude and care

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

The Abyssinian is an active and freedom-loving breed that requires plenty of exercise. Locked up in a small apartment, she finds it difficult to be happy. Secured freedom would be ideal for the active pedigree cat. Excursions in the fenced garden or on the balcony give the cat great pleasure. If the circumstances in the neighborhood allow it, she is also a great outdoor cat.

How much employment does the Abyssinian need?

Anyone who gets an Abyssinian should not count on a well-behaved lap cat. She loves to explore her surroundings, climb and jump. Thanks to her enormous endurance and jumping power , no place in the house is safe from her. A tall and stable scratching post is an absolute must for any owner of the breed. Here she can live out her urge to move, sharpen her claws and rest. The clever velvet paws are also happy about any kind of intellectual activity and gladly accept They enjoy being taught little tricks and like to go for walks with their owner, with or without a leash.

grooming and feeding

Thanks to the short fur with a small amount of undercoat, grooming the cats is particularly easy. It is sufficient if you occasionally remove loose hair from the coat with a rubber brush. When she is shedding, you should brush a little more often to relieve the cat. In order to be happy, cats also need a balanced and healthy diet. It is best to adapt the food to the age and individual urge to move. There should always be enough fresh drinking water available. Most representatives of the breed accept a with bubbling water without any problems.

Purchase of an Abyssinian

Before you get an Abyssinian cat, you should make sure that you can offer the four-legged friend a species- appropriate home. Once the decision has been made, it is best to buy your kitten from a reputable breeder from a registered breeding club, such as the 1. German Noble Cat Breeders Association (DEKZV). Pay attention to the behavior and the external appearance of the kittens and the parents. For a purebred kitten with papers you pay around 800€.

Interesting and worth knowing

  • Due to its special wild-colored fur, the breed is also nicknamed Bunny cat.
  • As part of the breeding, a long-haired version of the wild-colored cats was created, which is now known as a separate breed under the name Somali cat.
  • Incidentally, the world’s most famous representative of the breed was the extraterrestrial cat Jake  from the 1978 Disney film The Cat That Came From Outer Space.
  • The most famous Abyssinian breeder is the Ukrainian Olena Zarytska from Kiev, who introduces her kittens to her 45,000 followers on her Instagram account @sunrise_aby_cattery.

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