Breed Guide: Abyssinian

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An AbssinianDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Abyssinian

Weight:  9-12 lbs

Points of conformation: Lithe, medium sized body with slender legs and a long arched neck.  Wide set ears and wedge shaped face.

Coat: Short, fine, shiny hairs in agouti pattern

Color: White chin and chest. Ruddy, blue, sorrel, fawn and lilac and silver.

Grooming needs: low

Origin: Southeast Asia

Behavior Traits: Athletic, playful and very active.

Is an Abyssinian cat right for You?

The Abyssian is affectionate and curious cat.  They are  independent and highly intelligent.  Some lines can tend towards being nervous and high-strung.  They become very attached to their caregivers and will often follow their people around and demand attention.  They get along well with other cats and have been know to enjoy playing in water.  They tend to be quiet.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Abyssian

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $108 $160
Inflammatory Bowel Disease $2,783 $4,114
Renal Failure- Chronic $1,924 $6,002
Oral Resorptive Lesions $904 $2,538
Periodontal Disease $626 $1,165


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