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Size: Small to Medium
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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Abyssinians are highly active, energetic cats, who would probably rather explore their surroundings than sit calmly in their owner's lap. But that doesn't mean you can't form a close bond with your pet. In fact, the slender, elegantly built "Aby" is a very loyal animal who loves to follow you and takes interest in almost anything you do. These cats are inquisitive, playful, and curious, so don't get an Aby if you want a low-maintenance pet or can't give your cat the attention he craves. You may realize that Abyssinians closely resemble the cats seen in ancient Egyptian paintings and sculptures; however, a relation between the two has only been speculated. Even though the exact origin of this cat may always be a mystery, the Aby is still thought to be one of the oldest known cat breeds.

General Care

If you want to keep your Abyssinian cat happy, besides giving him love and attention, make sure to provide him with two things: water to play with and high furniture he can climb. Abys love heights and love to explore. Their grooming needs are relatively low, and they hardly shed; just make sure to give their short coat a weekly brushing or combing. Abys are usually quite healthy, but it's important to be aware of the certain health conditions they may develop, including retinal atrophy, gingivitis, and kidney disorders. As always, check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.

For more information about Abyssinian cat ownership and care, check out the National Abyssinian Cat Rescue.

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