The Abyssinian is very loyal and people-oriented cat. They are known for their intelligence and their curiosity. They are not very intrusive but have their own particularly elegant way of letting to know their owner exactly what they want. They are not a lap cat… but a cat that likes to be with people, and wants to know what you are doing. They are very active, playful, and inquisitive. Some are shy towards strangers and timid in public.