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.

Did you know?

According to VetStreet.com,

  • The American Bobtail has a very short tail, which is the result of a natural mutation.
  • This breed came into being in the 1960s when a Siamese cat was crossed with short-tailed male tabby.
  • The health problems you need to watch is due to their bobbed tail.

"The American Bobtail is generally healthy, but tail-less American Bobtails can have spinal problems that affect their ability to control defecation. It is always wise to buy from a breeder who provides a written health guarantee."

This dog-like cat has a lot of fans! The bobtail is very sensitive to human emotions so it's often a therapy cat. Another fun fact is that a lot of truck drivers bring these cats on their long-distance adventures.

The Manx cat is another "tail-less" breed but doesn't have a tail at all!

Ever wonder the difference between an American Bobtail and the Japanese Bobtail?

The American Bobtail has a stubby tail that is longer than his Japanese counterpart, averaging 1 to 4 inches. The Japanese Bobtail resembles a tufted pompom and is no longer than 3 inches, and usually shorter. How cute!

To find bobtail breeders and more information about breeding programs, visit The International Cat Association.

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