Abyssinian Cat Breed Profile


The Abyssinian Cat is a very highly intelligent breed of cat. In addition to its intelligence, the Abyssinian Cat is highly active, extroverted, and loves people. This cat is also alot like a dog, as they love to play fetch, and they also love water!

Family/Child Friendly

These Cats love people and children. However, that being said, they may run away and hide from young children due to their tendencies to pull tails and ears.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for this breed of cat is around 15+ years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of cat is around 8 to 10lbs.

Common Diseases

Fortunately, the diseases prone to these cats are few and far between. The most common diseases attributed to Abyssinians, are gingivitis, renal amyloidosis, and progressive retinal atrophy or PRA.

Housebreaking and Shedding Factor

The best things about cats is they almost always come litterbox trained. All you have to do is scoop the litter and be done with it. As for shedding, Abyssinian Cats are average shedders, usually only requiring brushing about every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of cat can be for the apartment or condo dweller. If you must travel alot, provide companionship in the form of another pet (preferably another Abyssinian). However, these cats do get along with other pets as well.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy one of these cats are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of cat is around $650 or more, depending on geographic location, and bloodline. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Typically not aggressive animals. However, when they are playing, they tend to horseplay and play bite. They can play bite hard depending on the situation!

Noise Factor

Seldom noisy animals unless for around two reasons: either the food is late, or you haven't played with them enough that day. They have soft voices.

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