Video:Abyssinian Cat Breedwith Teresa Salvato
Have you ever considered getting an Abyssinian, one of the oldest known cat breeds? If you want a playful but quiet pet in your home, then this kitty might be for you. Find out more about Abyssinian cats.See Transcript
Transcript:Abyssinian Cat BreedHi, I'm Teresa Salvato, and with About.com, I'm here to tell you about the breed of cat known as the Abyssinian.
Origins of the AbyssinianThe Abyssinian was first registered in Europe, although it is one of the oldest known breeds of cat and is known to start in ancient Egypt. Actually, the Abyssinian is seen in some of the ancient Egyptian drawings in some of the pyramids. And, often times, we see Abyssinian like looks in those drawings and so it's known that the Abyssinian is one of the very original breeds of cat.
Abyssinian TemperamentThe Abyssinian is a very active cat. They are known not necessarily to be a lap cat but they are very affectionate, they are also very busy. They like to help with household chores and really just like to be with you as you're doing things though out the house. So, an Abyssinian is very much a busy cat and very active and they tend to be moving around quite often. They don't hide under the bed type of cat its more of an interactive cat. And they like to be with you and interact with you n a regular basis.
An Abyssinian makes a fantastic pet. They are very friendly. They really get along well with other animals, other cats dogs. They're a fantastic pet to have around the house, and really just a great companion.
Living With an AbyssinianAbyssinians tend to be relatively quiet. There very, they don't tend to be very talkative like a Siamese. They tend to be a hit more silent - sometimes even mute, but, often they do have a voice. They just don't use it that often. They're very playful. They've been known to be taught to walk on leashes or to play fetch to do all kinds of interesting things. And they're very bright cats. So they're very much trainable to do many things that a normal cat wouldn't be trainable to do and often times they act a little bit more like a dog.
Abyssinian Health ConcernsThey're really aren't any specific health issues that an Abyssinian has - in general they tend to be a healthy cat and they very much tend to live a long life - usually about 15 years. And they're just a lot of fun.
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