The Abyssinian cat is quite possibly one of the cutest cats around. nicknames such as “Abys”, these energetic and beautiful cats will fill your life with joy. So eager to find out why Abys have been one of the top cats in America? Then read on to find out more!
The first thing you should know is that Abyssinian kittens can be quite expensive. When compared to other breeds, this means that it’s not uncommon to pay anywhere from three to six hundred dollars for a purebred Abyssinian kitten. Purebred cats can be costly, but when considering the personality attributes of these cats, they are absolutely worth it. Kittens can be adorable, but you need to get them from a reputable breeder, because otherwise you may end up with an unhealthy cat that has a high likelihood of catching a disease.
Just as with any other feline, an Abyssinian has certain health risks. Kittens can be born with birth defects, eye problems, or cancer. However, most of these problems won’t appear until much later, after several years of age. The risk of developing cancer is high in these cats, primarily due to their high levels of fat which provides an ideal environment for the proliferation of malignant cells. So it’s important to be sure you are getting a healthy cat.
Abyssinian cats have a short coat, which is weather-resistant. While they don’t shed as much as other breeds, they do have a tendency to shed all over the body-usually onto the legs, belly, and rear portions of the cat. They tend to harbor a lot of hair in their ears, which can be a bit of a problem if you don’t have a towel handy! These cats do require grooming quite a bit more frequently than other breeds, and if you haven’t picked up some good cat grooming books yet, you’re in luck, there are quite a few out there by your favorite book store or on the Internet!
The cost of an Abyssinian kitten is on the higher end of the feline world, but don’t let that scare you away. For a variety of reasons, an Abyssinian is one of the more difficult breeds to find in kennels. Not only does the quality of those that are available commercially suffer but finding a good purebred can be downright impossible. If you’re willing to spend the money, however, an Abyssinian is well worth the expense.
You may also want to consider another feline-the Oriental-abys. This very lovable cat was originally from China, so you can be sure that it shares some of the personality and health problems that afflict the others. However, this is an entirely different breed, so you won’t be getting into the deep end with them. Just be prepared for some time and commitment. There are many beautiful abys out there, so it’s worth it to take some time and find one that will fit your family.