abyssinian breed information

common health issues

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a reaction to infection with feline coronavirus. This complicated disease has no reliable test or treatment and has a 100% mortality rate. Signs are vague and include fever, weight loss with decreased appetite, and a pot-bellied appearance. FIP has an increased incidence in Birmans.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which the protein amyloid is deposited in organs. In most cats, the liver is the target organ for deposition, and over time, amyloid deposits cause a fragile liver prone to bleeding and liver failure. The disease often appears to occur suddenly in the liver because there are few early signs.

Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome is characterized by behavioral changes such as biting at the tail, flank and lumbar areas as if the skin there is irritated. This behavior is usually accompanied by vocalization, running, jumping and apparent hallucinations. Self mutilation in the form of excessive licking and hair plucking also may occur.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)