As it was nearing the end, I turned to Tara and started to ask her if this reminder her of one of my cats, and she answered before I hardly got through the question.
Abyssinians are long, athletic cats, with easy to maintain coats and a dislike of being held too much. My first cat -- other than the ones that lived with my full family -- Cream Puff (1989-2002), was quite the athlete, never had any serious coat or grooming problems, but never liked to be held too much.
On the other hand, Cream Puff was a yellow tabby which is not a color for Abyssinians, and was quite the lap cat. Of course he was 100% street cat, having been taken into a shelter before or shortly after being born, six weeks before I adopted him.
But I'm now suspecting that he may well have had a significant amount of Abyssinian ancestry.