Exotic feline a winner

Purfection: Lansvale Abyssinian cat breeder Carol Collins and her show cat Bookie.

Purfection: Lansvale Abyssinian cat breeder Carol Collins and her show cat Bookie.

ENERGETIC, friendly and highly intelligent — the Abyssinian is not usually a cat for the faint-hearted, says Lansvale breeder Carol Collins.

Ms Collins recently returned from the Sydney Royal Easter Show with a trio of ribbons for her prized kitty, Bookie (Osiris Simply Perfection).

The cat received two seconds and a sixth place in the open championship.

"I have been competing in the show for about 12 years, ever since I started breeding," Ms Collins said.

"I began breeding because it is really something different for me to do. I just really love the cats themselves.

"I will definitely stick with them; I am not interested in any other breeds."

Ms Carol Collins describes the Abyssinian breed as being very distinctive and cougar-like.

"I would definitely recommend this breed of cat, but they would have to be indoors.

"They are very busy cats . . . busy and outgoing, but very friendly. They like to be around you and want to know everything you are doing."

Abyssinians have a short coat, most commonly tawny in colour, but can also be cinnamon, blue or fawn. Ms Collins said they made great family pets.

"They are very sociable and get along with other cats and even dogs.

"I actually sell most of my kittens as pets, but I do sell some of them to breeders because there are not many Aby breeders in Australia."

Details: Johari Abyssinians, joharicats@optusnet.com.au.

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