The miniature and appearance of a wild animal attract the eyes of thousands of people. Abyssinian cat mesmerizes with its grace and elegance.
Abyssinian cats are not one of those who are able to exchange the life of a researcher and adventurer for hours of felting on the couch. They would rather play and run instead of lying on their master’s lap purring with pleasure. More curious representatives of the cat family are difficult to find. Each corner of the apartment will be carefully examined, not a single peak will remain unconquered.
A cat of the Abyssinian breed boldly walks into her arms and constantly fawns, instantly disposing even the most reserved people to her. Communication with such an animal gives a lot of pleasure. The royal become excellently combined in this cat with the character of a naughty child. She is constantly ready for games and almost does not get tired. Representatives of the Abyssinian breed retain playfulness until old age. In the house where such a cat lives, it’s never boring.
Abyssinian cat - all about the breed
Abyssinian cat hails from Ethiopia, the original name of this state is Abyssinia. But it’s difficult to call it a radical Ethiopian. Her ancestor, a cat named Zulu, was exported from the African continent to Great Britain more than 150 years ago. Local breeders deliberately crossed him with cats of different breeds. As a result, it was possible to breed an animal that has received worldwide recognition. The Zulu children inherited the father’s exotic appearance and the complaisant nature of the domestic cat.
Another version points to the Egyptian origin of the forefather of the Abyssinian. The genetic analysis confirms the kinship of the popular breed with cats living on the Indian Ocean. These were the sacred animals of Egypt, they were worshiped and considered the messengers of the fun goddess Bast. The found murals depicting cats strikingly similar to the Abyssinian breed, descriptions of their colors - “cat - sun” and “azure cat” only confirm this fact.
Elegant, plastic animal with a noble posture and easy tread.
- Head - has a triangular shape with a pointed muzzle. Between the ears, the skull is rounded, but not convex. The profile is smooth, without sharp outlines.
- The ears are wide and large. Set high, at a considerable distance from each other.
- Eyes are large, almond-shaped. They have a dark edging and bright “glasses”.
- The body is elongated, graceful and flexible. Muscles are well developed but not prominent. The physique is strong, but sophisticated and light.
- The limbs are tall, thin-boned and slender. Seen from the front, the cat seems to be tiptoeing. Paws are small, neat. The front legs have 5 fingers, the rear 4.
- The tail is long, wide at the base to the tip, tapering noticeably.
- The coat is thin, silky, moderately long.
- Color - red, blue, deer. Color should be intense and warm. Ticking is crisp and uniform with stripes of varying saturation.
The nature of the Abyssinian cat combines habits and grace of a wild animal with immense affection and devotion.
From the predatory ancestors, the Abyssinian woman retained the habit of climbing high interior objects and observing what was happening around them.
Cats of this breed are very sociable and playful, endlessly attached to the owner and take an active part in the life of all family members. Not a single event can escape the keen eye of a pet.
The intelligence of an Abyssinian cat is in many ways similar to that of a dog. She is an excellent companion and can easily master some teams if violence is not applied to her. Best of all, she succeeds in apporting small objects.
Cats are loyal to all animals living in the same territory. In most cases, they become leaders and ringleaders in the animal pack.
Thanks to energy and expansiveness, the abyssinian is a good friend to children. She will be happy to race with the baby, and bring him an abandoned ball.
The animal’s voice is quiet and melodic, climbing onto her master’s lap, she is able to “sing” her soothing song for hours.
Photo of bengal and abyssinian cats
A few photos about the friendship of Bengal and Abyssinian cats.
It is necessary to feed the Abyssinian cat in proportion to its age. This applies to both portion size and frequency of supply. Small kittens readily eat 4 times a day in small portions. Abyssinians aged 1-1.2 years go into 3 meals a day. These cats reach full maturity by about 1.5 years. Then they can be transferred to two meals a day.
Abyssinians are suitable for either natural nutrition or superelite food. If the owners of the animal have chosen natural food for their pet, they will have to try very hard so that the cat receives all the necessary nutrients and grows healthy. The diet should be a lot of meat, cottage cheese, kefir. Beef liver is not forbidden, but not more often than once a week. Be sure to add vitamin-mineral complexes (in this regard, it is better to consult a veterinarian).
The following products are strictly contraindicated for cats:
- beef kidneys
- salted cheese
- sweets and fruits
- sour cream and cream
- egg white.
If the owner of the cat chose one type of food for her (natural food, canned food or dry elite food), then you can not mix it with other food. For this breed, the optimal balance of nutrients is crucial.
This cat is quite picky about food and will immediately let you know if he doesn’t like it. If she does not eat food for ten minutes, then you will probably have to look for another food.
If you give dry food, then the animal should have free access to drinking water. It may be a bowl heavy enough so that it does not throw it and narrow so that the cat does not touch the water with a mustache. They eat meat with pleasure, it is better to boil it beforehand and cut it into small pieces so as not to cause burping. However, you can give raw, but only with confidence in its quality.
Abyssinian cat is quite unpretentious in nutrition. However, we recommend that you do not accustom her to natural products from your desk. And to ready-made store feeds. Why? Because the Abyssinians have a weakness - teeth. They are often covered with plaque, which can provoke the formation of stone. Removing it later using ultrasound is both expensive and difficult.
Buying an Abyssinian kitten
Where, when and how much?
To begin with, the Ethiopian breed should be purchased from a breeder or nursery. You should not resort to the help of "regular" ads that are on the network. Why? Because the standards of the animal are really high. If you want to be sure that you purchased an Abyssinian cat, unusually cute and miniature, do not risk it.
Another important point is that these cats and cats are prone to rare genetic diseases. The main objective of good breeders is to weed out such "defective" kittens. Other reasons can be given as an example.
But the result is one: do not let yourself be fooled and be guided by intuition. Given the price of kittens, the best solution is to contact a breeder with an impeccable reputation. Fortunately, you can find such literally in any more or less large city in our country.
The cost of the Abyssinians starts from 15 thousand. In this case, you will be offered a copy with documents. However, the more thoroughbred the Abyssinian, the higher its value. For a kitten who can participate in the exhibition and who can boast of thoroughbred parents, you need to pay about 30 thousand rubles. Some rare specimens of the breed are also offered for large sums of up to one hundred and even more than thousand rubles.
Another important point, the Abyssinian kitten from the receiver will be vaccinated and accustomed to the tray. Do not forget that you want to get a thoroughbred animal, which is quite whimsical and demanding. If in the future you do not want to visit the veterinarian endlessly, you should contact the nursery.
The cost of Abyssinian kittens is quite high. Therefore, before you get a representative of this wonderful breed, originally from Ethiopia, you should find out more useful information about it.
Three weeks later put up a kitten for sale, but.
Our family with cats is not lucky. The first time they bought a two-month-old Scottish beauty, but apparently they took her too soon. There was a problem with food, I couldn’t eat food yet, they fed me a natural cow. They also accustomed themselves to the toilet and everything would be fine, but. She loved to climb up to her husband when he was sleeping. It will be pulled out from under the legs, then from under the covers. And one such night crushed her ((It was very unfortunate and for six months we forgot about the animals.
The next time they decided that there was no need to spend money and it was better to help a homeless baby. We went to the local market and took a pretty red-haired pussycat at the pet store, making a big mistake. Kitty was sick plague. As the veterinarian later explained to us, it is strictly forbidden to take kittens from the market. This virus constantly lives there, out of 19 sick kittens she cured only one. Three days of droppers and injections did not help him, saffron milk did not die.
For almost a year we drove away the thought of a kitten, but the youngest asked very much and we decided! Leafing through a site with ads, I came across an unfamiliar breed - Abyssinian, beautiful cats with an interesting appearance. I started reading reviews and got excited about the idea of buying one for us. What bribed: the lack of undercoat, the coat itself is short, which means that it will not fly much around the apartment, pleasant to the touch, beautiful, perhaps less allergic. Because we have two children - this is important, besides the Abyssinians are playful and affectionate,
there is no danger that children will get it with their games.
At that time in our city there were two announcements of kittens of wild color, one two-month-old, the other four. Because Daughter categorically did not want to wait, then we went to see what is older. We arrived at the apartment, where there were many cats - bengals and Abyssinians. I picked up our kitten and he sat quietly on them. I must say that cats live there like kings - they walk around the kitchen, do what they want, hiss at each other. We left, promising to think, then I wrote that we would not take it, because 17,000 is expensive for us for a kitten. As a result, the breeder agreed to 13 and we decided. It was necessary to call the letter M, well, I present to you Mars or rather Marsik)
The first evening passed in fear. Of course, I knew that the abiks were jumping and curious. but so much so. I open the refrigerator, and he is already there, dropped a slice of zucchini on the floor, he already ate it, you go into the bath and here he is. Trying to cut raw meat, he yells with foolishness, jumps to the table and runs away with a piece. The real hunter. By the way, there is no problem with food, he likes raw meat, boiled meat, he doesn’t like dry food very much, but he eats and loves wet food.
We also didn’t get right with the tray, until we bought a wood filler and could go to linoleum. Now without mistakes.
Now about why we decided to sell it. Initially, he really liked to jump on people. For example, I brush my teeth in the same underwear, without a T-shirt, the cat suddenly makes a jump and hangs with claws clutching at my back. I slowly sink to the floor so that it tears faster. There are bloody marks on the back. The claws of the abiks are very thick, powerful, we cut them periodically, but as if we did not cut them, they were long again. When I eat, he will definitely come and jump on me, trying to do it without claws, but because my legs are usually bare, then he slides off and tries to hold on, again releasing his claws.
Knowing that the Abyssinians are very fond of height, they ordered him a game complex 170 cm high.