Abyssinian cat breed

Biography of Abyssinian Cat Breed

One of the oldest cat breeds dates back to 6000 years ago. It is the most obedient cat breed in the world. This breed is believed to have originated in Ethiopia. It is also known as Abyss, which originated in Ethiopia.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Southeast Asia

Other Names: Abys, Bunny cat

Similar breeds: Bengal, Somali and Burmese

Although it is being said that Abyssinians originated from Egypt, it is not true. According to the geneticists, Abyssinian cat breeds originated from the coast of the Indian Ocean with some parts of southeast Asia. This breed has brought to the UK from Egypt. That is why the Abyssinian is well-known as an Ethiopian cat. Besides, the Abyssinian has a lot of similarities with the Egyptian wall paintings and sculptures cat. Abyssinians came to the Crystal Palace in the United Kingdom in 1871.

Indoor or outdoor?

Abyssinian cats love to go outdoors to play with other cats and roam around the nearest locations. But they are also friendly enough that you can keep them inside the home. Usually, an outdoor Abyssinian cat doesn’t care for the people’s invitations, quality food, or toys when they love to stay outside at home. So, you need to ensure a completely fenced garden area for your Abyssinian.

Moreover, the house should be cat-proofed to secure an Abyssinian cat. And you can provide cat trees, interactive toys, and jungle gym equipment.  


Talkative, intelligent, curious


Medium (8-10 inches)


Adult female Abyssinian’s weight is 6 to 9 pounds, and an adult male Abyssinian weight is 7 to 12 pounds.


Abyssinian cat coat color is a precise combination of traditional ruddy, chocolate, cinnamon, diluted blue, fawn, and lilac. And you will get this cat with a silver color combination like black-silver, cinnamon-silver, diluted blue-silver, chocolate-silver, fawn-silver, lilac-silver.

Average lifespan:

The average lifespan of an Abyssinian is 14 to 17 years. But some Abyssinians can live up to 20

Abyssinian cat price:

Abyssinian prices can be higher or lower depending on where you buy or adopt Abyssinian cats. For example, $100 to $150 is pretty enough to adopt an Abyssinian. On the contrary, you have to pay an average of $500-$1,200 when purchasing from a professional breeder.

Traits of Abyssinian:

  • Abyssinian is loving and affectionate, which can easily win the owner’s heart.
  • They are highly curious, athletic, and love to play with little kids, dogs, and other pets.
  • This cat is eagerly interested in spending time next to the owner but doesn’t love staying on the lap.

Care and maintenance of Abyssinian


Abyssinians need less grooming because they have a short coat that sheds less. It is good to brush their coat occasionally to reduce the dead hair. Also, Wiping the coat with a damp cloth makes the coat glossy. Their nails should be trimmed once a week, and teeth should be cleaned regularly with vet-approved toothpaste.


It doesn’t require you to do huge things to maintain nutrition for your Abyssinian cat. First of all, ensure clean, fresh water for your feline. Remember to keep the water bowl away from the food bowl by at least 3 feet. Since cats are generally sensitive to smell, keep their water away from the food bowl. Otherwise, they can get the smell of the food bowl and hesitate to drink water. If possible, try to arrange filtered water fountains for your Abyssinian feline.


Abyssinian cat breeds are healthy, but like other breeds of cats, they have some possibilities of being sick. An Abyssinians can get affected by the following diseases.

•            PK-Def (Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency)

•            PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)

•            PL (Patella Luxation)

•            RA (Renal Amyloidosis)

About the author

Megan D

This is Megan D, the loving mom of all cats. She has been working with cat well fair organization as a cat lover since last few years. Personally, she has ownership of a cat shelter for helpless stray cats. Megan loves to research on all breeds of cat and fond of sharing all experience with the worldwide cat-loving human.

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