The Aby cats love to show their affection at dinner time. Either they sit next to your leg (or stand there on their hind legs peering over the table to check out the munchies), or position themselves on the nearest elevated surface and intently stare at your forkful, moving their head in unison with it.
But don't give in - if you give them food from the table, after they consider themselves part of the inner circle that is allowed to eat from the table. Abyssinians are very good at training their humans - and their visitors - to feed them off the table. They just take that “They never feed me, you know” –look into their faces… I swear they suck in their cheeks to look starved.
Abys also love to read. Just open a newspaper and without fail they plop on the page out of nowhere, in the middle of the very article you were reading.
I am quite certain they consider newspapers or books just as a pedestal of sorts they need to fill. Or just a way to get your attention. Well, they do get your attention for sure.
If your Aby is hiding and you want to find it (a very rare event), just put an open cardboard box somewhere. Turn your back, count to three, and when you look at the box, the cat is there. The smaller the box, the better. I think they have a cardboard box gene. Kind of a homing device.
It is said the Aby cats life expectancy is around 12 years, but the ones I know have lived to a ripe old age . They can even live over 20 years, given good care. Of course if you allow them to go outside, there are greater risks. Even if you have an Aby that used to be an outdoor cat, they adapt easily to being indoor cats as well. You can also teach them to walk in a leash. It's easier if you start early, but we trained our adult cats to do it. A few uncomfortable days and they learned to connect the leash into getting outdoors. After they started digging out the leash out of the basket to give themselves a subtle hint a little outing was in order.
Such an active, playful, intelligent and dedicated cat - that is what the Aby cats are.
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