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Abyssinian

The Abyssinian is said to have originated from the breeding of an Egyptian kitten and an English tabby. The Egyptian kitten, Zula is believed to be the ancestor of all Abyssinians in Europe, the Americas and Australia; however it is likely that as many as three other Abyssinians have been mixed into the gene pool in America. It is one of the most popular shorthair cats in the United States, and it is rumored that there are still wild Abyssinians in some parts of North Africa.

An Abyssinian coat is generally a warm golden color, but they can also be blue, cinnamon, red, fawn and occasionally shades of white, cream and grey. The coat is distinctly ticked and tawny; the paws and tail may have a tabby pattern, but the body will not. Their almond-shaped eyes are lined with a fine dark line, and they are usually green or gold.

Abyssinians are highly active, and do not tend to be “lap cats” because they are so preoccupied with exploration. These cats can easily get depressed without daily activity and attention. They are usually independent but will occasionally find one person in the household to be affectionate with. They tend to play a lot, and explore ““ often by climbing or jumping to the highest point they can reach.

Abyssinian