Caring for the smooth and short hair of an Abyssinian cat is quite simple. It is enough to comb the abyssinians once a week. For this procedure, a brush made of natural bristles, without sharp elements, so as not to injure delicate skin, is perfect. During intense molting, a special rubber glove or brush with rubber bristles will become a good helper.
Bathing and claws.
Bathing is not required for Abyssinians. But some Abyssinians like to splash around in their warm water with their toys, do not deprive them of such pleasure. In the summer, bathing should occur more often to wash off dust and excess sebum from the surface.
The procedure is carried out in a sink or basin. For swimming, you must use a special shampoo designed specifically for cats. Try to gently hold the animal by the paws. Before bathing, it is best to trim the cat's claws. The procedure is carried out 1 time in 2 weeks with special scissors for claws.
Try to choose when Abyssinian cats are at rest. Grasp the animal’s foot in your hands and gently press the pad to access the claws. Carefully cut off the curved transparent tip of the claw without touching the living tissue. If during this procedure you accidentally touch the skin and blood appears on the claw, then it is necessary to treat the wound with hydrogen peroxide or other disinfectant.
But it should be borne in mind that clipping a claw will not save the abyssine from the natural instinct of sharpening claws. To avoid problems with damage to furniture, it is advisable to purchase a special scratching post.
Toilet for Abyssinians.
Abyssinian cats quickly learn to use a cat litter with a natural filler. They are clean enough and demanding to maintain order in their "restroom". Of the fillers, wood sawdust and granules are considered the most convenient and economical.
Keeping your cat's toilet clean and daily cleaning ensures that it is free from odors and is clean.
Eating Abyssinian cats.
It is necessary to observe the alternation of dry and natural food. Dry food must be of high quality and balanced. From natural
components in the food of the Abyssinian must necessarily contain fermented milk products and meat (boiled beef and chicken). It is recommended to feed the pet with sour-milk products (cottage cheese, sour cream, kefir) only in the morning. Boiled sea fish should be given only once a week.
Be sure to add chicken eggs, fruits and vegetables to the food of the Abyssinian cat. There should always be a bowl of water in the public domain.
It is strictly forbidden to feed the following products:
- river fish
- raw meat
- fried foods.
When choosing bowls, preference should be given to not deep options made of ceramics or steel: they are easy to wash and do not scratch, unlike plastic ones. It is better to choose the size of the dishes medium, diameter not less than 10 cm, so that it is convenient for the pet to eat. Water bowls should be of a similar pattern, with a heavy bottom. This will not allow the cat to take a walk and overturn its food accessories.
Grooming (hair care)
Caring for the hair of an Abyssinian cat requires minimal effort. It is enough periodically (but not more often than once a week) to comb the cat with a metal comb with frequent teeth.
Many Abyssinian cats love being bathed, so this should not be a problem for you. Before bathing, it is advisable to cut the claws of the cat. Instead of washing the cat in the shower, you should do it in the pool or basin, holding it by the paws and sometimes changing the water. It is necessary to use a special shampoo (without conditioner), and then thoroughly rinse the foam, rinsing the cat in clean water at least three times. Bathing also helps to quickly get rid of old hair during molting in a cat.
All cats love to sharpen their claws. To avoid torn furniture in the house, it is advisable to purchase a special scratching post in the pet store. Every two weeks, it is necessary to cut the cat's claws with special scissors. This should be done when the cat is calm. Grasp the cat’s paw and gently press on the soft pad so that the cat releases its claws. Cut the claws one at a time, being careful not to touch living tissue. If you accidentally injure a cat and blood appears on your claws, be sure to treat this place with cotton wool moistened with hydrogen peroxide or another disinfectant.
Abyssinian cat is very easy to train to use the toilet. They are very clean and demanding in their toilet. According to experience, the most convenient and easy to use are wooden fillers in the form of granules. Cleaning your cat’s toilet daily ensures that your home is clean and odorless.
Ear and eye care
Check your cat’s ears periodically and if you notice dark clusters there, remove them with a tampon (ear sticks) and, if necessary, grease them with liquid paraffin.
The eyes of cats should be cleaned regularly. If the cat has a large number of secretions near the eyes and this happens constantly, then you need to contact the veterinarian, because in a healthy cat, the presence of such secretions is minimal.
Do not be surprised - cats, like people, need to brush their teeth to avoid the appearance of stones, caries and other problems that can lead to more serious problems and tooth loss. Of course, this will not work out every day, but this must be done at least once every two weeks as a preventative measure.
A cat needs to be accustomed to this procedure from childhood, starting from 3-4 months. It is recommended to use a soft children's toothbrush and tooth powder or special toothpaste for animals that does not need to be washed off. Place the cat with its back to you, with one finger open its mouth, and with the other, make movements from the gums to the edges of the teeth to remove plaque.
Caring for Abyssinian cats is not complicated and usually does not cause problems for the owners of these cats. One of the main things that you should remember is to take vaccinations and deworm in time (remove worms). When walking, do not leave the cat unattended, this can lead to irreparable consequences.
If you follow these simple rules, your cat will live a long and happy life and will give you all his love, caressing your heart with his “Meow”.
Characteristics of the breed
|The sizes of adults are:|
How much does an Abyssinian kitten cost:
- Show class: from $ 700.
- Bridging class: from $ 500.
- Pet class: from $ 200.
- Without documents: up to $ 150.
How many live: 12-15 years.
|Torso||Medium in size, muscular, flexible.|
|Head||It has a wedge shape, the outlines are soft. The profile is slightly curved. The neck is slim.|
|The ears||Large, widely spaced. Desirable "brush".|
|Eyes||Large, slightly almond-shaped, widely spaced. Hue - from orange to green. You need a stroke in ticking color.|
|Limbs||Slender, long. The paws are narrow, oval in shape.|
|Wool||Glossy, short, thick, but thin. There is a light undercoat.|
|Ticking (ticked color)||Double or triple, on each hair. Evenly distributed throughout the body (no picture). There is no ticking on the chest, abdomen, inner side of the limbs. These parts of the body are painted in the background color. The “back strap” (a line along the spine), the soles of the hind legs, and the tip of the tail have a more intense ticking.|
|Abyssinian cat colors||Without silver:|
|There are silver varieties of these colors (with white undercoat):|
The breed appeared on the territory of today's Ethiopia more than 9 thousand years ago. From there, these cats went to Egypt and became domesticated. Representatives of the breed were brought to Europe on one of the ships of the British military expedition (in the 19th century). For the first time at the exhibition, the abyssinian appeared in 1871, taking 3rd place. The breed was officially recognized in 1882, in 1889 a standard was drawn up. In 1931, the first monobreed show was held, where 20 individuals were represented.
In 1970, the Abyssinians became known throughout the world. To date, the appearance of animals has changed somewhat: appearance has become more elegant, the skeleton is lighter, the ears are larger. In America, the breed is on the list of the most popular. The owners include many celebrities: Nicole Richie, Chloe Sevigny, David Bowie, Nicolas Cage. In Russia, the first abyssine appeared only in the 90s. The beginning of popularization was promoted by the article of the Moscow breeder N. Tyrdanova “The captivating spell of the Abyssinians”, published in the journal “Friend” (2002). However, these cats are still considered quite rare in the Russian Federation.