Smart, Dog-like, Playful

The Abyssinian is a domestic short-haired cat which holds its origin to the Indian ocean, in parts of South-east Asia. They are often known for their dog-like characteristics of being playful, affectionate and attention seeking. They are the smartest amongst all cat breeds holding a top notch detective skills



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Breed Profile


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  • 12 – 16 inches


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  • 6 – 10 lbs


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  • 12 – 15 years

Health Risk

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What is it?:

When there is redness in your cat’s gums and the teeth become swollen.

% of cats affected


Clinical signs

Loose of missing teeth, drooling with a hint of blood, facial swelling.


The most common treatment methods are root canal, extraction, root planning. Preventing it is advised by brushing and rinsing regularly as Abyssinians do not take very good care of their gums and teeth

Average Vet Bill


Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*

90% = $720

80% = $640

70% = $560

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency

What is it?:

It is the lack of pyruvate kinase enzyme which is found in their red blood cells which helps produce energy for survival. It can lead to reduction of red blood cells and hence Anaemia.

% of cats affected


Clinical signs

Weakness, nausea and lethargy. Although no obvious signs may be shown for most of the Abyssinians, given the higher chances of it occurring, one should get their cat’s blood / DNA tested as the disease is mostly inherited


Glucocorticoids can prevent or delay red-blood cell destruction and a splenectomy, the removal of spleen tissue, can be performed to stabilize the volume of red blood cells


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Abyssinian cats are playful and love to spend time with their parent




They are natural explorers and never go out of curiosity




Need dog like features in a cat? Abyssinians are perfect.

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Abyssinians usually have a dark coat that lightens as it matures and comes with a ticked-agoauti effect




The breed comes in a warm deep reddish-brown, sorrel, blue, chocolate, lilac, fawn and silver colors








Weekly brushing the body and daily brushing the teeth is advised  




These active cats can be trained for agility and can be given puzzle toys for taping their curiosity

The Abyssinian cats were introduced to Abyssinia through colonists and merchants who stopped in Calcutta. They are like the models of the cat world, owing to their long, lean and finely colored fur. Not only are they active and social like dogs but are also very loyal to their parents. They are also known as ‘The Cat of the Blue Nile’ owing to the fact that ancient Egyptians used to worship them. The most popular variants of the Abyssinian cats are Red Abyssinian and Blue Abyssinian.

Abyssinian Cat: Introduction to the Breed

Adding any new pet to your family is a big decision. So it becomes very important that you take the time to research the breed that matches your vibe, personality and lifestyle. Think through the traits you’d like in a cat, and the ones you’d want to avoid. Here are a few things you need to know about the Abyssinian breed.

Abyssinian Cats are generally:

  • Adventurous
  • Social
  • Energetic and playful

If you are looking for a dog in the body of a cat, an Abyssinian is the perfect match for you. They are highly intelligent and have a ferocious look. They might look like stalkers at times because they love to people-watch, which they do even after growing older. Also, they are not really a fan of smaller kids as they tend to be chaotic and these cats don’t like that a lot. They also don’t like being restricted while cuddling. But don’t worry, they are not very aggressive.

What do Abyssinian Cats love?

  • Games that take a lot of thought such as puzzles or tech toys
  • Treat releasing activities
  • Watch birds and other wild creatures outdoors
  • Brushing the fur
  • Snuggling with humans

Male vs Female Abyssinian Cat?

On a lighter note, when it comes to gender, they show similar traits to humans. Although every Abyssinian is different in terms of personality, there are commonalties in genders. For example, males are known to be more interactive and lovable while females prefer attention but on their will. Females may at times even be okay with spending time alone while the males ones are the clingy ones.

The sexual maturity for both the genders would be around 6 months. And talking about dog-like features, the male ones also get territorial. They might spray to shoo-off others and claim their area. Now unlike the human history of men dominance in the jungle for hunting, female Abyssinian cats are actually better at hunting than the male ones.

What to feed your Abyssinian Cat eat?

Given the active nature of the breed, there is usually a high protein requirement which will support its energy and the urge to play around all day. The average daily requirement of calories would be around 30-35. The diet of your Abyssinian cat should include –

  • Animal Protein
  • Amino Acids
  • Fats
  • Vitamins
  • Water content

Suggested sources of nutrients

  • Chicken, turkey and sea fish for their fat and protein requirements
  • Canned cat food for moisture content
  • Cottage Cheese, sour cream
  • Apples, carrots, cabbage,
  • Oats, rice and bran for carbohydrates
  • Shrinks and egg yolk
  • Raw beef

What to NOT feed your Abyssinian Cat eat?

The fact that they have a lean body, the food should be adjusted to support that.

  • Fatty foods – Pork, mutton
  • Spices – Salt and sugar
  • Hard foods – Bones
  • Garlic and onions
  • Eggplants
  • River fish

Just like a human toddler, Abyssinian cats do not chew their food very well. So it becomes very necessary to cut the food pieces in micro sizes before feeding. They also are not very careful of what they eat, so a surveillance is highly advised.


Smartest of all cats, energetic, adventurous, playful, curious, lovable and at the same time careless about their food and teeth are all the adjectives that would describe an Abyssinian cat. So get ready for a power pack of fun and glamour at your house with an Abyssinian.

Here at Spot Pet Insurance, we do our best to provide helpful cat info. We care deeply about your cat’s health and want to be with you every step of the way. For other helpful info about cats, check out our Spot Pet Insurance webpage! Here we provide you with educational materials that can help you with the best foods, toys, safety, cleaning tips and care tips for your cat. We also offer personalized pet insurance plan options to help keep your cat protected in case of unexpected accidents and illnesses.