Everything You Need to Know About the American Bobtail Cat

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American Bobtail cats are a relatively new breed.

Becoming popular in the 1960s, the American Bobtail cat is a domestic cat most known for its nubby tail that makes it look like its a wild bobcat! They make great companions and are active cats in the sense that they love playing games with their owners. American Bobtails are easy-going and are as devoted as they are social.

These cats were bred to look like a domestic version of the wild bobcat, and were developed by breeding cats with genetically short tails. American Bobtails are relatively big cats and can be many different colors and patterns, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

The American Bobtail can be shorthaired or longhaired and don’t need much extra grooming besides an occasional bath and brushing. They live between 11 and 15 years.

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Head

The American Bobtail has alert and inquisitive eyes that can be of any color, but not different colors. The ears are tufted, like its wilder bobcat counterpart. The fur on the head can be either short or long, depending on the coat.

Temperament

American Bobtails are friendly and outgoing. They are kind of like dogs in the sense that they love spending time with their owners playing games like hide and go seek. They are curious, like most cats, and have amiable dispositions.

Coat

The Bobtail coat can be shorthaired or longhaired, and really any color or pattern. The gray tabby coloration that looks most like a wild bobcat is most preferred by Bobtail breeders. The coat needs to be brushed, but not any more than usual grooming, and actually is double-layered.

Body

The Bobtail is a solid, muscular cat that can weigh up to 13 pounds. The chest is broad and the body is considered long for a cat. They are athletic cats and love to play games that practice their natural predatory instincts, like fetch.

Tail

The American Bobtail's most prominent feature is its short tail. Each tail on a Bobtail is different in the sense that it can be kinked, be straight or curly, or slightly curved. The Bobtail tail is extremely expressive and you can tell whether the cat is agitated or alert by the position of its tail.

Health

The Bobtail takes two to three years to come into full maturity. Looking for a reputable breeder is important due to the selective process that makes the Bobcat into the breed it is. They have no genetic health issues but vaccinations, neutering or spaying, and correct socialization is still important to have a happy and healthy feline.


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Everything You Need to Know About the American Bobtail Cat