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Cats are sometimes accused of being aloof and treating their owners like servants. Abyssinians are the exact opposite!

This devoted and affectionate cat thrives on company. In fact Abyssinians are so loyal they will become depressed if they are ignored.

Where I'm From

Abyssinians are believed to have originated in either Ethiopia, formerly know as Abyssinia, or possibly Egypt. The breed spread throughout Europe after being taken back from North Africa by British soldiers in the 19th century.

What I Look Like

They are one of the most graceful looking cats, with short hair, a slender build and fine bones. They grow to a medium size with large, wide-set pointed ears.

The Abyssinian's coat is one of its most distinctive features. Kittens are born with dark coats that gradually lighten, developing a unique fine fleck known as 'ticking'. The most common coat colours can range from warm reddish brown to chocolate shades.

Abyssinians have almond shaped eyes. Eye colours can be gold, green, hazel or copper.

Looking After Me

This breed is very low maintenance. Their short, low shedding coat means they need only the occasional light brush. Brushing their teeth as well will help prevent periodontal disease.

Abyssinians have been associated with kidney disease, which may be due to genetics.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.