Abyssinian breed information

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Own a Abyssinian cat, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 9 to 15 years
  • Coat: Short fine coat and easily cared for
  • Exercise: High, Very active

Abyssinian personality

Little is known about the origin of the Abyssinian. The first mention of the breed was in 1871 after appearing at the Crystal Palace cat show.

The Abyssinian is probably one of the liveliest domestic cats - you never know what they are going to get into next! They love to climb and be entertained so you'll need to keep a close eye on them as this playful cat will demand to be centre of attention.

If the Abyssinian is left on its own for too long they may go looking for something to play with in your home, including your curtains!

Did you know that 1978 Disney film 'The Cat from Outer Space' featured an Abyssinian as the title character?

Abyssinian cat

Common health problems and illnesses

Chronic renal failure

Older cats develop this inherited condition, the symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting and excessive thirst. Make sure that you seek veterinary advice if you're worried.

Retinal Atrophy

Retinal Atrophy affects cells that convert all light received in the eye. If your Abyssinian is having issues with their night vision please take them to your vet, if left untreated this could result in blindness.


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