The Abyssinian is one of the oldest known feline breeds. Though it gets its name from Ethiopia (formerly known as Abyssinia), recent genetic studies show that the “Aby” actually originally hails from the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia. The Abyssinian as we know it may trace back to an Egyptian cat named “Zula,” who was brought to England in 1868 by a British soldier from the port of Alexandria.
Abys are an extremely playful breed with a distinct almost boisterous personality. They are curious and willful and enjoy exploring all parts of their world, including heights. They bond quite tightly with their families and need the all the loving social interaction and attention their families can provide. An intelligent breed, Abys excel at interactive play, often fetching toys for their owners to throw. Providing play time and mental stimulation will help this curious breed stay out of trouble.
Although a highly interactive breed, Abys are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Abys are prone to include diseases such as feline infections peritonitis; knee problems such as patellar luxation; kidney diseases such as amyloidosis; behavioral conditions such as feline hyperesthesia syndrome; and eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Abyssinian has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of heights, you’re covered.