If you are looking for Abyssinian cat breeders in Illinois, unfortunately, I was only able to find one cattery specializing in this rare breed.
You’ll find their contact details below, I encourage you to give them a call if you have your heart set on this stunning breed of cat.
Abyssinian Cat Breeders Illinois | Kittens & Cats for Sale
|El Qahira Abyssinians
El Qahira Abyssinians
Address – Chicago, IL
Phone – 847-742-8738
Website – https://www.elqahira.com/
“Ninety percent of the top Abys in the US are descended from her lines. She has a leukemia free cattery and all her cats are tested for PK anemia, all breeding cats are checked for patellas.”
A Little History of Abyssinians
Abyssinians are interesting cats – both in how they look and what we know about their history.
They actually date back to the 1800s, making them one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds.
Abyssinian cats were first brought to Europe by British soldiers who had been stationed in Abyssinia during a war.
The Abyssinian cat is thought to be the only naturally occurring breed of cat in Africa.
The soldiers fell in love with the local cats and decided to bring some of them home with them.
Abyssinians are a very popular breed of cat in the US, which makes them all the more difficult to find.
How Much Can You Expect to Pay for An Abyssinian Kitten?
Abyssinian kittens are pretty rare and not cheap, you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of $600 to $1200.
Abyssinian kittens come in a range of colors, the most popular being ruddy, which is a reddish-brown.
So, if you’re on a tight budget, or if you want a ‘classic’ looking Abyssinian, then ask for a ruddy-colored Aby.
Are Abyssinians the Right Breed for You?
There is no doubt that Abyssinians are cute and interesting cats, but before jumping in and being led by your heart, you need to make sure that it’s going to be the right fit for your lifestyle.
Abyssinians are very active, vocal, and intelligent, so if you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet then they might not be the right breed of cat for you.
Abyssinians also require a lot of attention and care, so if you think that you can provide them with what they need then go ahead and add one to your family.
There is no question that Abyssinians make great companions and will provide you with years of fun and laughter.
My best advice is to talk all of this through with a breeder or cattery you are going to be adopting a kitten from.
They’ll be more than happy to tell you everything you need to know about what to expect as your Aby grows up.
What to Look For In An Abyssinian Cattery or Breeder
When working with Abyssinian breeders, be sure to find one that is registered with The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) or a similar organization.
This way you can be sure that the breeder is reputable and the Abyssinians are healthy and well-cared for to ethical standards.
Some of the questions I recommend asking a breeder are:
- How long have you been breeding Abyssinians?
- Do you have both parents on site? If not, can I see pictures or videos of them?
- What sort of health clearances do the parents have?
- What is included in the price of the kitten (e.g., spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, etc.)?
- When can I take my kitten home?
- Do you offer any sort of health guarantee or warranty?
A good breeder will be more than happy to answer any questions you have, send you updates while you wait for your kitten to be old enough to leave its mother, and they’ll follow up after you take your Aby home.
Find Abyssinian Breeders Near You
If you couldn’t find an Abyssinian breeder or cattery from the list above able to help, you can find listings for other Abyssinian breeders from different states across the U.S. by clicking the links below:
Image credits – Photo by Sergey Semin on Unsplash