Named after the country now known as Ethiopia, the Abyssinians are domestic shorthaired cats. They are quite active and too playful to be considered as “lap kittens.” These busy little animals, who love to climb, can get bored easily if deprived of attention and activity. Their almond shaped eyes are copper, green, gold or hazel. The Abyssinian is slender with long legs befitting to their graceful body and have a slight break at the muzzle. They are prone to gingivitis and sometimes familial renal amyloidosis, a kidney disorder. Severe blindness problems may also develop, which is caused by a hereditary retinal degeneration. The Abyssinian cats are popular in the U.S.