@pleonasm - The Abyssinian is also a really good cat to have if you have a vermin problem. They are wonderful hunters. In fact, they can be a little bit too wonderful, and my neighbor has had to put a little collar with a bell on hers, in order to keep her from killing too many of the local birds. Even with the collar she still seems to occasionally get one.
And she's always getting the collar off somehow (we often find it in our yard). They are a very clever kind of cat.