Pedigree Cat Breeds - Abyssinian


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The Abyssinian is said to have descended from a cat called Zula who was brought into Britain by the wife of an army captain in 1868. They have remained a popular breed although there aren't large numbers bred each year. This is due to a small select breeding programme to ensure the quality and look of the Aby remains a priority. So if you are looking for an Aby you have to be prepared to wait or travel (That said, they are worth it!).

It is difficult to do justice to the Aby by photograph alone, I've met many people that say that it is only after they have met an Aby in the flesh that they can truly appreciate their beauty.
 
With its exquisite, ticked coat, and lithe, muscular appearance, the Aby is a beauty to behold. If you want a cat that looks like it's just stepped out of the wild, but with a steady, reliable temperament, then the Abyssinian is the breed for you!



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Their coat pattern is very distinctive, bit like a rabbits. Each hair is made up of 3 or 4 bands of colour which create the ticket effect. Their facial markings are like a tabby. There are 28 recognised colours, the most common of which are Usual, Sorrel and Blue (Although you can never call an Abyssinian common!).

They are easy to care for, a good brush once a week to remove dead hair and a trim of their claws about once a month is all that is needed to keep your Aby tip top.


Aby kittens are extremely active: no windowsill or curtain is sacred. They see the whole of their surroundings as a playground designed entirely to meet with their needs! The Aby does not seem to outgrow this playful behaviour, always retaining a sense of fun! Many Abys love to play "fetch" and are quick to learn tricks.
 

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Abys are very social cats and can get on well with many other breeds. Being quite "dog like" they get on with dogs too. Many Abys also have a fascination of water, often found on the edge of the bath or in the sink.

The Abyssinian is a delightful breed of cat: intelligent; cheeky; playful; affectionate; active; inquisitive and alert are a few of the words often used to describe Abys. The Abyssinian is very inquisitive and enjoys interaction especially with their owner. Full of life, mischievous and into everything your life will never be the same again. Your Aby will never be able to get enough of you. You will never be able to shut a door, even go to the bathroom without them following you.

They are a very intelligent cat, and hate being left out of anything. When you are writing they will want to play with your pen, reading the newspaper they will read it with you. When going to bed they will beat you up the stairs, ready and waiting to curl up with you. Sitting down to drink a cup of tea you will have a cat gently head butting you with affection. The Abyssinian enjoys playing and there is very little that can not be turned into a game if the fancy takes them. When returning from work or a day out your Aby will be there, greeting you in their own talkative way with a trill and a bubble. Following you around the until you fuss them like there is no tomorrow. For loyalty there is not other cat like it!!!!!!

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