The main feature of the American Bobtail Cat is its shorter tail. That combined with a shaggy coat and muscular body gives these cats a distinctive wild look. However, this breed is anything but wild. Its loyal and devoted nature earns it a nickname as the Golden Retriever of the cat world.
The American Bobtail Cat adapts well to almost any environment. So, it’s a great choice for elderlies, singles and families with young children.
This is an intelligent, active, and affectionate breed that enjoys playing and hunting. It can also easily be trained to walk on a leash!
The bobtail is a low maintenance cat that doesn’t have any known hereditary health problems. This breed of cat can live up to 20 years if cared for properly.
The origins of American Bobtail are covered in mystery. But one thing is for sure, they have appeared in various places in America long before the breed was discovered.
The first real effort to create a new breed occurred in the 1960s. John and Brenda Sanders found a bobtailed kitten during a vacation in Arizona. They were captivated by the wild looks and short tail of a tabby kitten.
So, they brought him home to Iowa and named him Yodi. The story says that, in his new home Yodi met Mishi, a seal point Siamese. They had a bobtailed litter together.
Unfortunately, the original bloodlines have died out. But a new one emerged thanks to the efforts of Mindy Schoultz and Charlotte Bentley. They and other breeders in the U.S used feral domestic bobtails and succeeded to create the breed as we know it today.
In 1989 The International Cat Association gave the American Bobtail Cat a new breed status. And in 2002, full recognition as a separate breed.
Today, the American Bobtail is recognized worldwide and has full championship status.
The American Bobtail has a robustly built body, broad head and chest, wide stance and high hips. Their most notable feature is their tail.
The tail is one-third or one-half the length of a normal tail and can be straight, curved, slightly knotted, or bumpy. Every cat has a different tail and some are born with full-length tail which excludes them from show rings.
Because of the strong frame, the American Bobtail is considered medium to large cat. Males are slightly larger and weigh from 12-16 pounds and females are smaller and weigh from 7-11 pounds.
This breed is prone to obesity. So, it is important that a cat is properly exercised and fed with foods like Blue Buffalo Weight Control Cat food.
The American Bobtail’s wild look is a complete opposite to their mild, affectionate, loyal, and loving personality. This breed is known to be a Golden Retriever of a cat world. It likes to follow its owner’s every step and be involved in his daily duties.
This breed isn’t overbearing and will ask the same amount of attention that it is willing to give.
This is a social and moderately active breed that likes to interact with everyone. It will greet you and your guest by the front door. They are highly intelligent cats that love to play fetch with Foam Socker Balls, spend time with Catit Food Maze.
They can very easily be trained to walk on a leash and Pupteck Cat Harness can make outdoor walks safe and fun.
The interesting thing about this breed is its affinity towards shiny and sparkle objects. Thus, owners are advised to keep jewelry and valuables away from their cat’s paws!
The American Bobtail Cat isn’t particularly vocal breed. Instead of loud meows, it will communicate its thoughts with chirps, trills, clicks, and purrs.
These cats have strong intuition and are used in psychotherapy programs because of their ability to read human emotions.
This is a highly adaptable breed that adjusts well to new environment, people, and situation. This trait makes the American Bobtail a perfect travel buddy.
Many truck drivers choose this breed as their travel companion! This is a great breed for all who like to travel and want to make vacation memories with their cats which can be preserved in a Pet Theme Scrapbook Album.
The American Bobtail Cat is a moderately active breed that can benefit from added activities. But this doesn’t mean that these cats don’t like to play. They just need some extra motivation and exercise to stay in shape.
Teach your cat to play fetch or tease her with a Pet Fit For Life Feather Wand to get her moving and burning off energy and extra calories.
Thanks to the diversity in its bloodline, the American Bobtail Cat is generally healthy and doesn’t have known hereditary health conditions.
They have a fairly long lifespan and can live up to 20 years if they are properly taken care of. Still, they can develop the following health conditions:
- Hip Dysplasia: This is a fairly uncommon health problem in cats. It causes an abnormal development and degeneration of a hip joint.
- Shortened Spine: This is a congenital disorder which causes a cat to be born without a tail. These cats suffer from many health problems which are the result of a shortened spine.
- Obesity: Is one of the most common health problems seen in American Bobtail Cat today. It can impact the overall health of your cat. Use less calorie dense foods like Wellness Healthy Weight and exercise your cat properly.
This is a generally healthy breed. Their average lifespan is 11-15 years, but some can live up to 20 years if properly taken care of.
Even though it doesn’t look like it, obesity is a serious health problem with this breed. It can impact the overall health of the Bobtail Cat.
To prevent weight gain, try to keep your cat exercised and on a high-quality protein rich diet like Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food.
The tick and shaggy looking double coat comes in two lengths, short and long, and needs to be properly maintained. The coat is soft to the touch. Short-haired American Bobtail Cat is easy to groom and can be brushed once a week with a Furminator Curry Comb or Mars Boar Bristle Brush.
On the other hand, long-haired American Bobtail Cats have a ruff around the neck, and longer hair on back legs, belly, and tail. They shed almost constantly and the use of Pro Slicker Brush three times a week can prevent the development of hairballs.
If you are diligent in your grooming routine, bathing is unnecessary. However, it can help loosen up the hair and make grooming easier during the shedding season. If you opt for bathing your cat, introduce this routine from a young age to give a cat time to get used to it.
The American Bobtail comes in a variety of colors. The most common being black, blue, chocolate, brown, cream, cinnamon, lilac and white.
Coat patterns also vary, and all that enhance the breed’s wild look are preferred.
This is an amiable and laid-back breed that enjoys spending time with people and other pets. American Bobtails are moderately active and get along best with children who are older than six and can be engaged in various activities.
It is best to supervise any play sessions between an American Bobtail Cat and younger children to avoid injuries on both sides.
This is not an attention seeking breed. Its quiet, calm personality and good nature makes it perfect for quiet individuals of any age. The American Bobtail Cat gets along just fine with dogs because of its dog-like personality. Provided the cat and dog are introduced properly.
Unlike the Abyssinian cat, the bobtail won’t feel the urge to reinforce its domain and will get along nicely with other cats, or cat-friendly dogs.
Even though this is a moderately active breed, these cats love to play and interact with other family members. You can engage your cat in a game of fetch or let her entertain herself by playing with TRIXIE 5 in 1 Activity Center.
Even though they are more mellow than some cat breeds, the American Bobtail will partake in play sessions with children and other pets.