Shorthaired, firm and muscular, the Abyssinian is a lithe and fast moving cat with the exotic look of an ancient Egyptian animal god. The Abyssinian cat is known for its sleek, shiny coat and unbounded playfulness. Its diet must contain ample protein and balanced fatty acids to meet high energy requirements and maintain a coat in good condition. They can usually “free feed” because they are so active, they burn off extra calories – couch potatoes they are not.

Many Abyssinians are prone to gingivitis, so feeding a quality alternative dry food at least three to five times a week to help prevent tartar build up and keep gums healthy. Also give 100 to 200 mg of vitamin C everyday. If using a supermarket cat food (not recommended) you must add a well rounded daily supplement with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fats. Hot milk before bed may help calm him. Brewer’s yeast or torula yeast given daily will supply the B vitamins that could take the “edge” off this active cat. Hops can be added, especially when the cat is particularly active.


Disease susceptibility

Hypothyroidism (Congenital)

Corneal sequestrum

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

Progressive rod cone degeneration and rod cone dysplasia

Familial amyloidosis

Feline infectious peritonitis

Pyruvate kinase deficiency

gingivitis (hyperplastic, early onset)

Retinal dystrophy

Aortic thromboembolism

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