Abyssinians are playful, elegant-looking cats with a slender body, beautiful arched neck, large pointed ears, and a long tapering tail. Read on and discover if this cat breed is right for you. 

Personality and quirks 

These cats are well known for their intelligence, paired with a playful and outgoing personality. Despite their active nature, Abyssinians are quiet cats. They do not really meow. Instead, they do soft, chirrup-like vocalizations. 

Also, they are a clingy breed of cat that loves constant attention from their pet parents. They are very friendly and affectionate to people, much like how dogs are. They are an ideal companion for people who have time to spend with one. 

Tales of origin 

According to The Cat Fancier’s Association, Abyssinians are among the oldest known breed of cats in the world. Although they resemble the cats from Egyptian paintings and sculptures, these cats are not from Egypt. Nor they are from Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia, where they got their name. 

Instead, recent studies show that this breed might have originated from the coast of the Indian Ocean and some parts of Southeast Asia. From there, these cats were brought to England and were refined to be the breed that we know today. 

Caring for your Abyssinian cat 

Although they are an active and healthy breed, Abyssinians may be predisposed to the following health issues: 

  • Gingivitis, which may lead to periodontitis 
  • Retinal atrophy, which may lead to blindness 
  • Kidney problems 
  • Hyperthyroidism 
  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency, which may cause anemia 

It’s important that you have your Abyssinian cat regularly visit your veterinarian for check-ups. Also don’t forget to give them lots of attention, love, exercise, and healthy appetizing meals, like Wishbone Pet Foods! Wishbone offers gourmet cat food recipes with high quality, highly digestible meats from New Zealand, further enriched with the Power of 8 Superfoods. See our recipes for cats and your Abyssinian will love all the goodness that’s in Wishbone. 


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