There are four colors in the Abyssinian breed. The original, or wild, color is known as ruddy. In this case the darker bands of color are dark sepia to black and the lighter bands a bright orange, giving the impression of a burnt sienna iridescent cat.
The playful Abyssinian cat—aptly nicknamed the “Aby-silly-an”—is a hugely popular breed in the United States. In fact, according to VetStreet, the Aby ranks as one of the top five most popular cat breeds in America.
As 75% of all cats are black and white they are often overlooked and in cat shelters they, on average, spend more than 10 days longer than cats of other colours waiting to be adopted.
Black and white cats are supposed to mean good luck
But you know, they say that a black and white cat crossing your path is an indicator of good luck and all I can say is that after years of never winning a raffle prize, the year we got our first set of tuxedo kittens, we won umpteen times in the same raffle.
While the connection between coat color and personality is largely anecdotal, many pet owners maintain that their black and white cats are extraordinarily friendly, intelligent, vocal, and active. Either way, these dashing felines have charmed their way into the hearts of many ardent animal lovers.
Body is long, lean and muscular on fine-boned, long legs. Wedge-shaped head, expressive almond-shaped eyes and oversized pointed ears and tabby “M” on the forehead. Coat sports a ticked or agouti pattern highlighted by alternating bands of color on the hair shafts that give off a translucent quality.
Regardless of where they come from, Abyssinian cats are known as the smartest cat breed due to their inquisitive nature and top-notch detective skills. They are incredibly independent, and they enjoy mind-stimulating activities like puzzle toys.
While an active cat, the Abyssinian is an easy cat to have in your home. They love people and other animals. They will play with their own toys for hours but also enjoy a good period of time of interactive play with their parents. They will talk to you in a soft, quiet voice.
Sometimes, this behavior can come across as needy and clingy. They can’t be left home alone over longer periods of time as they constantly want to be around their family. Due to the fact that these kitties want constant attention from their owners, they feel the need to please their pet parents.
Abyssinian cats are hailed as being intelligent, cheeky, playful and inquisitive. As well as being very talkative with their bird-like gentle trilling, they are super smart, and love fetch and retrieve games.
Gray-and-white cats exhibited the highest levels of aggression during visits to the vet. The survey also revealed that black-and-white cats were most likely to react negatively when handled, while calicos were more likely to become irritated. Black, white, gray and tabby cats were rated lowest on the aggression scale.
The albino cat is the rarest color pattern of all. To get an albino cat, you need parent cats with two recessive genes and the offspring must receive both.
Black and white cats were less accepting of being handled by their humans, and preferred to be affectionate on their terms.
Originally, maneki-neko were white, but over the years with the combination of Feng Shui, different color variations were born. The original white color is to get good luck and overall good fortune, while black is to ward off evil, red is for good health, yellow or gold is for wealth, and pink is for romance.
Some associate cats colored black as evil, but black can also mean protection from bad things, while white represents good things in the future and purity of spirit. A combination is both those things, and is sometimes viewed as a blessing of balance and prosperity.
Entirely or primarily black cats will be less likely adopted—and more likely euthanized—than cats of other colors.
Although most cats will only imprint on one person, some have multiple favourite people and will imprint on them. A cat can also change their favourite person. Their favourite person is usually the one that provides food, attention, and understands the cat’s body language the best.
To identify an Abyssinian cat, check that the cat has a slim, athletic body type and weighs 8 to 10 pounds if it’s female, or 6 to 7 pounds if it’s male. You should also notice a wedge-shaped head and almond-shaped eyes, which can be copper, hazel, green, or gold.
In addition to their juvenile love for play, Abyssinians are also super affectionate. While they may not have the calm temperament necessary for lap-cat status, Abyssinians will occasionally seek out their human for a few moments of quiet cuddle time.
Getting an Abyssinian cat in NZ: Are they aggressive? Abys generally aren’t aggressive. However, they can be territorial and since they’re so loyal to their owners they tend to be protective over one human more than others. Abys that do show aggression sometimes do so from loneliness.
Being such sociable creatures, Abys do not typically do well with being left alone for long periods of time. Even when you must leave them for just a few hours, it’s always a good idea to provide a few extra toys or games, or hide treats around the house to entertain your cat—a bored Aby can become a destructive Aby.
Life span: Up to 15 years is common, with adult Abyssinians retaining their playful personality.
Not a snuggly lap cat, Abyssinians are in constant motion, either exploring or playing. They are fond of water and are even known to play fetch.
MEDIUM: These active and playful cats love vertical spaces and would appreciate a cat tower in addition to toys. They are active in the home and won’t miss not being able to go outdoors, although some people have had Abys who make a run for it every time a door opens.