The Egyptian Abyssinian
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, Dense
Temperament: Gentle, Affectionate, Highly Active, Extremely Intelligent
Information / Facts: The Abyssinian originated in Egypt several centuries ago. It was first brought to America sometime in the nineteenth century, according to many cat experts. This cat is highly active and very intelligent. It is also loving and affectionate. The Abyssinian has large, pointed ears that stand at attention. This cat also has almond shaped eyes, and small, oval shaped paws. One interesting characteristic of the Abyssinian is that many of these cats have an "M"-shaped marking in the fur on their foreheads. The Abyssinian has a strong, lean body with long legs and a long, expressive tail.
Pros: The Abyssinian is a great cat for active households. Abyssinians are very active and playful and love to be engaged in fun activities most of the day, unlike other breeds of cats that are content to sleep the day away on their favorite windowsill. The Abyssinian is a larger cat, but can be great for families with larger children that can interact with the cat. This cat is very low maintenance and has no major recurring health issues to speak of. With regular grooming, good diet and proper vetting, the Abyssinian will live twelve to 15 years.
Cons: The Abyssinian is a larger cat and may not be a good choice for those who are unable to lift heavy items. Likewise, sedentary households may not be suitable for this high energy breed of feline. The only health issue seen in Abyssinian cats on a regular basis is very infrequent occurences of gingivitis, which can be prevented with weekly teeth brushings at home and a yearly teeth cleaning by your vet. Some Abyssinians may have kidney issues, but this is also infrequent in the breed and can be checked out by your vet.