This cat may have a "wild cat" appearance, but there is nothing wild about its temperament, as this is a gentle and loving breed. Outgoing and highly intelligent, sometimes reserved and dignified, this breed is fairly independent and will often keep its distance, especially with strangers, although some Abyssinians are very sociable. Passionately attached and very faithful to its owner, often jealous of other cats in the household (but not aggressive), it rarely gets into fights. Very active and loves playing games. An athletic cat, built to run, climb and scale trees but will adapt well even to accommodation without a garden, especially if allowed to jump and climb. An ideal companion with an extremely quiet voice. Good with children. Doesn't like being left on its own or being confined to small areas for long periods. SOMALI: Gentle, affectionate & lively, like the Abyssinian from which this longhaired cat was developed.