Short, fine and lies close to the body.
There are four colors in the Abyssinian breed: ruddy, red, blue and fawn. The defining feature of the breed is its coat pattern, or ticking, wherein each individual hair is banded with color.
Medium sized, lithe, hard and muscular; almond-shaped, large, brilliant eyes; long, tapering tail.
Abys, as they are known, are very intelligent, alert and mischievous cats. Always inquisitive and ready for a game, they retain their "kitten-ness" even after they mature into adults. Abys thrive on attention and are very people oriented. They display considerable sensitivity to the moods of their human companions --quiet and soulful when need be and up for playtime at any time. Abys shower their owners with love and attention and expect the same in return. These cats have a distinctive bell-like voice.
Because of their intelligence, Abys must be given an opportunity for mental stimulation, which can be satisfied by playful interaction with toys. An active breed, they may knock over knickknacks during a mad dash from one room to another. They love high places and enjoy climbing, so they will make good use of a house's vertical space. They like lots of human interaction and do best in a home where their owners can devote time during each day to handle them. Abys expect to be included in all activities that go on in the home, including cleaning, working at the computer or watching television together.
Feed a high-quality cat food that has good sources of protein. Abys prefer to eat a little bit but often rather than consume one big meal a day. Also, they are creatures of habit, so they should be fed on a schedule.
Abys tend to strongly bond with one member of the family. The breed will not tolerate the rough handling of little children and tend to be better for families with older children or just adults. With proper introductions and socialization, they can learn to live in harmony with other pets but do need their own space.
The typical life span of the Abyssinian is 12 to 15 years. The breed is more prone to gingivitis than some other cat breeds. Renal amyloidosis can also be a problem.
Abys are very low maintenance. A quick going-over once a week with a medium bristle brush is all they need.
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