Jokercats Tekla for Funky Valentine, foto Claudia Császár
Welcome to Funky Valentine WCF, the only registered abyssinian cattery in Serbia!
Abyssinian cats – pharaohs' pets
Are you attracted to the idea to have a miniature puma as a pet, little mountain lion and at the same time a cuddly and loyal pet? Is such a combination possible or is such a being only a product of imagination? It is possible, such a creature does exist, because all abovementioned describes – the abyssinian cat!
Travelling from the Blue Nile
Abyssinian cat is one of the oldest breeds in the cat family. It is believed that it is historically connected to ancient Egypt's cats from the time of the pharaohs. Early anatomic studies of mummified cats in Egypt discovered during the first big archeological research, from the beginning of the 20th century, indicated that their morphology was similar to today's abyssinian cats. A strong, muscular yet elegant body, dominant ears, big, expressive almond-shaped eyes and unusual coat as of a wild rabbit give away the connection between abyssinian cats with the wild cats, which even today lives at the spring of the Blue Nile on the heights of abyssinia, today Ethiopia. It seems to us that the granite sculptures and the cat mummies from the ancient Egypt town of Bubastis live even today, in the form of the abyssinian cat!
First documented abyssinian on European soil was named Zula (according to some sources Zeyla). This cat came to England straight from abyssinia. During a military conflict it was found and rescued by an English officer, captain Barrett-Lennard. Zula was exhibited at the first recorded cat exhibition at the Crystal palace, in London 1871, and the report from the exhibition which came out in Harper’s Weekly magazine tells us that Zula sparked great interest and won third prize in the overall ranking.
From that moment the development of this breed is blurry. We know that they were called Bunny Cat for a short period of time, referring to the unusual pattern of their coat, then they mentioned them as British Ticked Cat, however their first name under which they came to Europe remained. The name became official in 1929, and from that point the registration of abyssinian cats began in the English GCCF, the oldest feline organization. Soon after, the abyssinian inhabit the USA. The breed was saved from extinction during World War Two precisely with that export to America. After the war the abyssinians became one of the most popular breeds there due to its extraordinary intelligence, character and especially the exotic appearance which associates to its ancestors from ancient times and wilderness.
Despite its popularity and long presence of these cats in the western world, their origin still confuses felinologists. Recent DNA research indicate that today's abyssinians are genetically closely connected with the cats from India and Southeast Asia. How, where from, why... their journey around the world will remain a secret for now. Anyhow, abyssinians are easy to imagine in a procession of the cat-like Bastet, ancient Egyptian goddess!
Abyssinian – a smarty companion
Abyssinians are highly intelligent cats. In the presentations and
descriptions of this breed all felinological associations emphasize their
intelligence. As described in the abyssinian Breeders International Kitten
Buyer’s Guide by Carolyn Osier: “abyssinians must be one of the most intelligent
animals ever created” (from the website CFA - Cat Fanciers’ Association).
Abyssinians are cats that are extremely devoted to people. They are gentle and loyal, and they utter amiable and subtle sounds. Although they are not quite arm’s type cats, the abyssinians do not part from their human family. They follow their owner everywhere and participate in all household chores, “helping” in everything. The owners of these cats say with a smile that with an abyssinian cat you definitely will not have a reason to say “nobody understands me”!
Abyssinians are of extremely extrovert nature and very sociable creatures, so if neglected they will noticeably suffer. They easily adapt and fit into every home, but they expect to be loved and in the centre of attention. If they live in a family where the members of the household are a lot absent due to work or school, they should be provided with another cat friend, but they will get along nicely with dogs as well.
They remain cheerful as kittens their entire life, enjoying playing and interacting with people. They will share their purring moments of affection with their owner, but their joyful and agile nature will never neglect play. Therefore, it is good to provide them with toys and climbers where they will show their athletic skills. They are easily taught different tricks, i.e. to fetch and they easily accept to be walked on a leash. They are impressive jumpers, and the fans of this breed claim that these cats are absolute champions in this cat discipline. abyssinians are cats that live their life to the fullest!