Common names: Aby, Bunny cat


  • Origin: Ethiopia

  • Life span: 9-15 years

  • Weight: 6-10 pounds

  • Height: 8-10 inches


  • Coat characteristic: Silky, Smooth

  • Coat color: Ruddy, Red, Blue, Fawn, and Cinnamon

  • Eye color: Green and Gold


Affection Level
Child friendly
Dog Friendly
Energy Level
General Health
Shedding level
Social Needs
Stranger Friendly
Tendency to Vocalize

The slender and fine-boned Abyssinian is unquestionably one of the oldest known breeds, but no records exist regarding the cats’ origins. Some think the Abyssinians’ ancestors came from Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), and that they were named for that country. Others say their ancestors likely lived along the coast of the Indian Ocean, as well as parts of Southeast Asia. Even their uncertain origin, the wild-looking Abyssinians today is known for being a true house cat. They are one of the most popular pedigreed cats registered by the Cat Fanciers Association.

Abyssinian is a popular breed due to its unusual intelligence and extroverted and playful, personalities. So if you’re pining for a sweet, gentle lap cat, the Abyssinian isn’t a good match for your home. Abyssinian craves to play and stimulation, so if there is no other pets in the house, an Aby will look to you for entertainment. They will play with their toys for hours but also enjoy a good time of interactive play with their parents. A love of heights is a signal trait of the Abyssinian. She likes to be as high up as possible and will appreciate having one or more ceiling-height cat trees. 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.

This moderately vocal cat stands out for her 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. She has a gentle dip in the triangular head and has rather large ears sit tilted forward on her head giving her an alert, aware look about her as if she is always paying attention to everything that is going on around her. Her large green to gold eyes, which look large in her face, show the alertness and intelligence inherent in the breed.

Abyssinians are hearty, healthy cats, but they can still suffer from inherited diseases like pyruvate kinase deficiency– involving an enzyme that regulates energy metabolism in red blood cells. Cats with this deficiency typically exhibit anemia, which can arise at any point during the cat’s adult life. Other problems that are reported in the Abyssinian breed include hyperesthesia syndrome, patellar luxation, and renal amyloidosis. The risks may be worsened by obesity. Keeping an Abyssinian at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to prevent health disorders. Make the most preventive abilities to ensure a healthier and happier cat.

With her soft, silky, and fine in texture with a lustrous sheen coat, the Aby is a relatively low-maintenance breed. The coat comes in four colors: ruddy, red, blue, and fawn. In England, Australia, and New Zealand, a fifth color, silver, has been accepted. Weekly grooming with a steel comb should be sufficient to remove any dead fur or dander and distribute skin oils. A bath when the cat is shedding will help to remove excess hair more quickly. Wipe the corner of the eyes with soft, damp towel, and check the ears weakly. If the ear is dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear. Because they are prone to periodontal disease; brushing teeth with vet-approved pet toothpaste and regular veterinary dental cleanings should be required.

Abyssinians are gifted with intellect. But that does not mean they will learn the tricks in a day however like other pets, Abys are motivated through two types of rewards – praise and an eatable treat. Petting, showing affection, and holding a cat for showing good behavior enhance positive interaction. A clicker can also help in training a cat. Without a clicker, your Abyssinian might become confused as to why they are being rewarded. If it obeys a command, hears a click, and gets a treat – they will catch on fast. Avoid negative reinforcement would not work and it can frighten the cat thus making them too aggressive or the bonding would get affected. Training a Abyssinian cat is worth the effort. It not only makes life easy but also enhances relationship.

Every pet needs some form of physical activity. Since Abyssinians are active cats, exercising is not a trouble. They can generally keep their weight under control through playing and jumping. It is recommended to scheduling playtime once or twice daily, with about 15 minutes per session. Other cat health and behavior experts offer similar recommendations, with the total amount of playtime ranging from 20 to 60 minutes daily.

These cats are recommended to have a well-balanced feed. Abyssinian cat prefers to eat foods rich in protein and fat to keep the coat shiny and healthy. Do not feed your cat with carbohydrate foods as they can’t process them correctly. It should be full of real, named meat ingredients and absent of fillers like corn, wheat, and starches. The daily recommendation for kittens should be 10g crude proteins, 4g of total fat while adult cats need 41g of crude protein and 5.5g of total fat. However, the quantity of food depends on its size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. From age six months to maturity, most cats will do well when fed two times a day. Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate in most cases. Don’t forget to regularly provide clean and fresh water as it is crucial for your Siamese cat’s diet and health./p>

  • Some recent genetic tests and studies even show that the breed is descended from ancient Egyptian cats. Others point to the cat’s similarities to ancient paintings and sculptures as evidence that the Aby descended from the line revered by Egyptian Pharaoh.
  • In 1978, an Abyssinian cat starred in the Disney film The Cat from Out Space.
  • Its name is derived not from Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia), was thought to be the place of origin of these cats, but because the early “Abyssinians” competitively displayed in shows were imported from that country.
  • Pure breed kittens can cost from $700 up to more than $2000.