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Given the information provided, it's challenging to pinpoint the exact cause of your Abyssinian cat's symptoms without knowing what those symptoms are. However, I can guide you through some common issues that may arise in cats around 10 months of age and offer advice on how to manage them.

At 10 months, your cat is still in the adolescent phase, which can come with its own set of behavioral and physical changes. If your cat is exhibiting unusual behaviors such as increased aggression or sudden changes in activity levels, it could be a sign of underlying stress or discomfort. Ensure your cat has a quiet, safe space to retreat to when feeling overwhelmed. Interactive play can also help manage stress and expend excess energy.

If your cat is showing signs of gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, consider any recent changes in diet or potential ingestion of foreign objects, which are common at this curious age. Ensure that your cat's food is appropriate for her age and that she has not had access to any toxic substances or unsuitable foods. Providing a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a day or two can help settle an upset stomach. However, if symptoms persist, this would warrant a visit to a veterinary clinic.

For a cat that is not up to date on vaccinations, it's important to be vigilant about any signs of illness, such as sneezing, coughing, lethargy, or a change in appetite, as these could indicate infectious diseases that vaccines commonly prevent. Keeping your cat indoors and away from other animals can reduce the risk of infectious diseases.

Without flea and tick prevention, your cat is at risk of parasite infestations. Regularly check your cat's coat for signs of fleas or ticks, and consider starting a vet-recommended preventive regimen. If you notice excessive scratching, hair loss, or small black specks in her fur (flea dirt), these could be signs of fleas, and you'll want to treat your home and cat accordingly with appropriate flea control products.

Keep an eye out for any signs of pain or discomfort, such as limping, reluctance to jump, or changes in grooming habits, as these could indicate injury or illness. Cats are adept at hiding pain, so any noticeable change in behavior is significant.

If your cat experiences difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, seizures, or any signs of pain, these are emergencies, and she should be taken to a veterinary clinic immediately.

Remember, maintaining a regular preventative healthcare routine, including vaccinations and parasite control, is crucial for your cat's well-being. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.