This post will discuss 11 amazing facts about one of the top 5 most sought-after breeds of cats in America and Europe. Yes, we are talking about the “Abyssinian cats,” mostly affectionately called “Aby” by their guardians.
The Abyssinians are regal and fascinating, short-haired and medium-sized cats. Many love them for their unique personality and special wild appearances. These stunning cats differ from other breeds regarding habits, behavior, and interaction with other pets and humans.
You will hardly find a cat more captivating and fabulous than an Abyssinian. They are indeed an exciting cat breed, and there are many things to learn about them.
Whether you are a lucky guardian of an Abyssinian cat or considering adopting one, the facts below about Abyssinian cats will undoubtedly surprise you.
1. Decoded DNA of Abyssinian cats
The “Abyssinian” is the only feline breed with a decoded DNA. In 2007 team of researchers tried to understand the reasons (at the genetic level) for almost 250 diseases common in humans and cats.
The scientist took the sample from a four-year-old Abyssinian cat named “Cinnamon.” Once the genome was decoded, it helped scientists learn more about the genes involved in developing different diseases (of both humans and cats). Also, it added a lot to our knowledge about cat domestication.
2. Abyssinians have a mysterious history
Although most scientists believe that the “Abyssinian” is one of the oldest feline breeds, their original history is lost under the mists of time. Though the Abyssinian breed we know today was bred and refined in England, it needs to be clarified where she came from in England.
You will come across different stories if you try to research their history. The tale you will often come across is that British soldiers brought these cats with them while returning from Ethiopia after World War 2. Ethiopia at that time was known as Abyssinia; therefore, these new cats were named “Abyssinian” by British people.
As per other stories, these cats belong to Egypt because many ancient paintings and statues of Egyptian pharaohs’ time resembling Abyssinian cats have been found.
It’s also believed that Abyssinian cats descend from the cats that used to live along the Indian Ocean and other areas of Southeast Asia. This story appears more reliable because the latest genetic findings also support it.
3. They are smart, intelligent, and trainable
Abyssinian cats are more intelligent and smarter than other feline breeds and can learn different tricks quickly. They can easily be clicker trained and learn to walk on a leash quicker than other cats.
If you know the right way, you can make them complete an agility course, and Abyssinian will not disappoint you.
4. Abyssinians are as social as dogs
A fantastic aspect of Abyssinian cats that makes them unique and different from other feline breeds is that they are much more extroverted and social than other breeds. Unlike cats of many other breeds, who don’t like physical contact with humans or even get stressed when petted, these cats frequently crave human interaction.
Abyssinians develop a strong attachment with their guardians just like dogs and want continuous attention and physical affection. In this regard, these stunning clearly distinguish themselves from other feline breeds.
Many Abyssinian guardians will verify this statement that when this cat wants to interact with you, he will keep bothering you until they get it. So it’s crucial to arrange many interactive toys and puzzles to keep your Abyssinian friend mentally busy because they can get stressed if ignored for a long.
5. They are highly energetic
Abyssinian cats are more energetic than most cat breeds. You will see them always moving and busy. When the natural curiosity of cats combines with their athleticism, we see a fascinating pet always on its feet and exploring the world.
6. Abyssinians Love Heights
Love for high places is another distinguishing feature of these cats. Although most cats are good at jumping from high places, Abyssinians love to reach the highest spot in the room they can see.
Don’t be surprised if you see your feline friend supervising you from the top of the door or refrigerator. So if you live with an Abyssinian cat, you must install a cat tree or post that touches your room ceiling to satisfy their instinct.
7. They are clowns of the feline world
Abyssinian cats are very playful, and many people call them “Clowns of Feline World.” This is so because; these cats often try to amuse their guardians by acting silly and performing stunts.
For example, your Abyssinian friend may keep meowing at you to attract your attention, and as soon as you turn to her, she jumps over your head to make you laugh. These cats are the only cat breed that intentionally tries to amuse their guardians.
Realizing that your pet is trying to please you is a gratifying feeling. So if you want a cat, which has a good sense of humor, Abyssinians are for you.
8. Abyssinians have a unique ticked coat
The Abyssinian cats have a unique ticked coat responsible for their widely liked cougar or wildcat-like appearance. A ticked coat consists of hairs with alternate light and dark bands.
In addition, another fantastic thing is that this ticked coat is not present by birth. Abyssinian kittens usually have dark coats and gain their characteristic appearance as they grow old.
9. They come in six colors
In addition to having a rare coat (ticked), Abyssinian cats are found in various colors. Usually, Abyssinian cats are known for their Ruddy brown color; they are also found in five more hues: lilac, fawn, chocolate, blue, and cinnamon.
10. Tooth Care Is Essential
Though oral hygiene and teeth care are essential for all cats, it’s especially crucial for Abyssinian cats because they are prone to gingivitis.
So if you have an Abyssinian friend at home, pay special attention to teeth and oral hygiene.
11. Abyssinians Almost Got Extinct
There was a time (at the end of World War 2); Abyssinians were on the verge of extinction. It is thought that the total number of Abyssinian cats alive at the war’s end was only twelve.
However, the efforts of the guardians of the remaining Abyssinian cats and some American breeders (who had imported these cats before the war) kept these fabulous cats from complete extinction.
Abyssinians are a breathtaking breed of cat and make wonderful, loyal companions. If you’re thinking about adding an Abyssinian to your family, or if you already have one, hopefully this list of facts has been both informative and fun. Be sure to share it with other Aby lovers! And if you haven’t already, consider giving your kitty some extra love today – they deserve it.
If you live with this fabulous cat, please let us know about their personality. Are they indeed the clowns of the feline world?