Abyssinians are one of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats, and thus its origins are a mysterious topic for debate among experts. Some guess that Abyssinians originated in ancient Ethiopia, then known as Abyssinia, hence its name. Others place their origin in Southeast Asia.
The most popular theory is that Abyssinians were domesticated, revered, and worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians some 5,000 years ago. Egyptians often mummified these cats, treating them with as much respect as royalty. However, no one can be sure that the mummified remains were those of Abyssinians.
The Abyssinians we know today gained popularity in Britain at the turn of the 20th century and were brought to American in the 1930s, where they continued to charm pet owners with their energetic, playful personalities and aesthetic beauty.
Abyssinians are medium-sized cats with lean, athletic bodies. They are short-haired cats with a reddish-brown coat and a beautifully marked face with yellow eyes.
Abyssinians are playful, graceful, intelligent, and energetic pets who love to explore and interact with other cats and their owners. They are very affectionate but don’t expect them to be lap cats as they tend to squirm and flee if you try to hold them or contain them in a small space.
Like dogs, they desire a lot of attention, and while they will happily entertain themselves, they prefer a playmate.
Leaving these curious, active, and mischievous cats alone for too long will result in acting out, so if you plan on being gone most of the day, it’s advisable to let them roam free or provide them with another feline playmate.