All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not apply to all individuals. Learn about your potential new best friend and research
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Cool Cat Facts...
The Abyssinian Cat is one of the oldest cat breeds in
history. Images of Abyssinians can be found on pottery and jewelry
dating back thousands of years.
If King Tut had a cat, it was probably an Abyssinian!
Is An Abyssinian Cat Right For You?
The Abyssinian is recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization, and is one of
the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. They are
pleasant, playful and refined and are believed to be one of the oldest
cat breeds in the world. Abyssinians come in a variety of
shades from lilac to chocolate brown but ruddy, sable and buff colors
are most common. The coat is ticked, meaning individual hairs are
banded with color. These are slender, medium-sized cats with short
coats that require little grooming, and have few breed-related health
issues. Because it is active and desires interaction the Abyssinian is
a superb family cat that does well with considerate children and can
become very attached. This is an expressive and lovely breed.
All domestic cat breeds
were developed with a certain look and
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not
apply to all individuals.
Learn about your potential new best friend and research
Abyssinian Cat Breed Standards
Shape: The head of the
Abyssinian cat should be a mild wedge shape with no pronounced "stop".
The skull should be rounded and in general proportion to the body. The
muzzle is delicate but well formed. Not pointed or foxy in appearance.
Adult males sometimes have additional jowling. The ears are
large, alert and
moderately pointed, broad at the base and well cupped. The eyes are
shaped, large and expressive, with a slight upward slant. The eyes have
darker skin on the lids which gives a mascara look, and is highlighted
by the fact that the fur around the eye itself is lighter than the rest
of the face. There are dark, vertical "pencil marks" above the eyes.
Accepted eye colors are gold, green or hazel.
Body and Tail:
and of medium length. Muscular but never course. The cat should be
solid to the feel with well-sprung ribs and a slightly arched back.
There should be no pronounced tuck-up of the belly when viewed from the
side. The legs are muscular and of medium length without coarseness.
The feet are compact, well-knuckled and oval in shape. Five toes in
front and four in back. The tail is relatively thick
at the base, long in proportion and evenly tapered.
fur is dense, fine
and lustrous. Medium in length and close to the body but not slick.
Ticked with at least four alternating
light and dark bands of color on each strand of hair.
shading in tones of ruddy, fawn, brown and blue. The tail may be tipped
with black. No defined or outlined patterns, only shading.
The ideal Abyssinian is a medium sized cat with an exotic appearance.
They should have an athletic, lean and lithe quality and be graceful
and quiet in movement. The ticked coat with individual bands of color
around each strand of hair gives a shimmering, almost iridescent
appearance. This cat should be bright, active and friendly in
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should
never be outside cats.
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
what do YOU think
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