Can Abyssinians suddenly die? Explaining cat characteristics, personality, illnesses, and care


Do Abyssinians die suddenly? We will explain the characteristics, personality, and care of the cat. The country of origin is unknown, but they are very popular because of their smart appearance and short hair, which makes them easy to care for. However, this cat does have some disadvantages, such as the possibility of sudden death.

What kind of cat is the Abyssinian?

We will explain the characteristics of the Abyssinian in detail.


The Abyssinian is said to have originated when a British soldier brought a cat named “Zula” from the port of Alexandria, Egypt, back to England after the British expedition to Abyssinia in 1868. After that, they were bred in England and spread throughout Europe. They probably originally came from Africa, but if you look at murals and art from ancient Egypt, you will see many Abyssinians.


The Abyssinian is characterized by slender legs, a round face, and almond-shaped eyes. It grows to a height of 40-60 cm and weighs about 3-5 kg. It becomes an adult cat quickly after one year. Coat colors are ruddy, fawn, blue, red, or sorrel. Its lifespan is 12-15 years.

About personality

Abyssinians are gentle, obedient, intelligent, and affectionate towards their family. Once they become attached to them, they become very obedient, making them easy to raise and suitable for beginners. They are active and run around the room, so they get a lot of exercise. Because they are very curious, owners should actively talk to them at home and communicate with them when they are eating or when they are undergoing major treatment. Nowadays, humans also need to show their love to cats.

Endangered species

Abyssinians were once an endangered species in the UK, and in fact, they have a history of being on the verge of extinction. They were on the verge of extinction in the UK in the early 20th century. They have a history of somehow escaping extinction by breeding with cats from other countries.

Do Abyssinians die suddenly? Why?

It is said that Abyssinians die suddenly. Why does this happen? As explained below, they have specific diseases, and it is necessary to take good care of them in your daily life. If you notice any abnormalities such as a lack of appetite, take them to the vet immediately.

They have specific diseases

Abyssinians suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, a hereditary disease that was identified in Abyssinians living in Sweden in 1977. Progressive retinal atrophy causes a gradual decline in vision and ultimately leads to blindness. If you notice anything unusual, go to the hospital and have them checked.

They have cardiomyopathy

This is also called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and is a disease in which the cavity in the inner part of the ventricle expands and the ventricular contractile function decreases. It is said to occur frequently in Abyssinians and Siamese. Other cats are also prone to the disease, but Abyssinians are said to be particularly susceptible.

Pyruvate kinase deficiency

Pyruvate kinase deficiency is a genetic enzyme deficiency that causes red blood cells to be unable to maintain their normal shape, shortening their life span. Abyssinians tend to be susceptible to this condition. Symptoms include whitening of the mucous membranes of the mouth, ears, and gums, and it is necessary to see a doctor immediately.

How to raise an Abyssinian

We will explain how to raise an Abyssinian. Please pay attention to the following points and the list when raising them. If you do not have the knowledge, you will need to take them to a veterinary hospital when symptoms occur.

What is the selling price?

Abyssinians can be purchased for about 100,000 to 200,000 yen in Japanese yen. Generally, cats are mainly purchased at pet shops, adopted by zoos and animal protection centers. If you are going to adopt a cat, you should first look around. Many cats do not get used to the environment due to their age. If you are looking for a new cat, it is better to find a smart cat that you can show affection to.

Be careful of illnesses

Abyssinians tend to be more susceptible to certain diseases than other cats. Of course, this can be said for other cats as well, but if you do not take good care of them, it is often too late by the time you notice.

Necessary equipment for raising them

The necessary equipment for raising them is the same as for ordinary cats. A carrier bag, pet food, air conditioning, toilet, cage, cat tower, toys, etc. are OK. Please refer to the following article for more information on breeding equipment.


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