The confident and alert Abyssinian is thought to be one of the oldest cat breeds. Although he resembles a small African wildcat, he’s a domestic feline through and through.
The six- to 10-pound, moderately vocal cat stands out for his ticked coat, which comes in a bevy of colors, including a reddish ruddy, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac, and fawn—as well as a silver version for all of these colors. Silvered Abyssinians have an icy white coloration closest to the skin, and ticking along the hair shaft.
The intelligent, curious Aby is highly active and athletic. He spends his days climbing up to high places, exploring every nook and cranny of your home, and diligently supervising whatever it is that you’re doing.
If you’re pining for a sweet, gentle lap cat, the Abyssinian likely isn’t a good match for your home. The Aby is a highly intelligent cat who loves to play and interact with people. In fact, his human-watching skills are excellent—and he’s known for quickly training people to do his bidding.
To keep your Aby entertained and out of trouble, provide him with puzzle toys that require added brain power to release treats, use a clicker to teach him tricks, and train him to run an agility course. Abyssinians love to bird-watch, so consider placing a feeder by a window for his viewing pleasure. Or train him to go for a stroll outside on a leash.
This cat does best with a person of any age who spends ample time at home, including an older child who can train and play with him. And the Aby doesn’t mind living in a single-animal house—so he can be the center of your attention.
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