American Bobtail

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  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Origin: Mutation
  • Scientific name: Felis catus
  • Colors: All colors
  • Weight: 3 - 7 kg
  • Coat: Long / Short
  • Temperament: intelligent, sociable, energetic
  • Litter size: 4 - 7 puppies
  • Lifespan: 11 - 15 years
  • Price: 200 - 2000$
american-bobtail cat

The American Bobtail is one of the newest breeds. It appeared in the 60s managing to attract the world’s attention because its tail. Unlike the tail of an ordinary cat, the American Bobtail has a really short tail, due to a natural genetic modification that affects only this extremity.

According to urban legends, these cats would have appeared after a mix between a domestic cat and a wildcat. Yodie, a male domestic cat, with short brown hair mated with a wildcat thus giving birth to the first Bobtail cat. The tail is the result of an unusually small spontaneous genetic mutation among domestic cats, some breeders assign it to the dominant gene observed in Manx cats. Breeders improved the breed so that today the American Bobtail can be met in a wide variety of colors and sizes. This breed is accepted by the International Cat Association since 1989, the owners of American Bobtails being able to participate in various national and international exhibitions.

Aspect American bobtail cat

Matures after the age of 2 or 3 years. In terms of appearance, the American Bobtail has its hind legs slightly longer than the front ones and the paws are bulky and round equipped with pads.

Behavior American bobtail cat

Although the aspects of this breed are still developing, the professional breeders have characterized these cats as being very energetic, friendly and intelligent. They are sociable with humans and do not require lots of attention. They can be trained to do tricks and learn to walk on a leash. They easily assimilate places and people with names, so it should not surprise you if they will react differently when someone mentions the name of a loved one.

Also, it remembers its name and responds when called. Like dogs, these cats like to follow their owner around the house. They love to play with the ball, to bring something when it is thrown. Unlike other cats, the American Bobtails are quite silent, even when they are happy. They like to show their love and devotion to family, they will not hesitate to mess around in a show to attract everyone’s attention.

Features American bobtail cat

Of course the most important feature is the little tail, a quarter of a normal cat’s tail. The tail is straight and articulated but may bend or shape depending on the size and mood of the cat. They are pets open to the new, devoted to their masters. They attach fast to the family and get along well with children and teenagers.

It gets along well with other breeds, accepts dogs and tolerates strangers. The tailless cats are not accepted by most cat associations because of the ilnesses resulting from the shortening of the feline’s spine. The tail is not just an extension but has a role in the animal’s locomotion. They get to weigh around 7 to 9kg, females are smaller than males.

Diseases American bobtail cat

It's imperative to be combed 2 times a week if they have short hair and 3 times a week if they have long hair. In the second case, you have to pay special attention to grooming so the hair won’t tangle. Otherwise injuries can occur to the skin. It is advisable to brush them since young, thus deepening the connection between owner and cat. The cat will feel loved and safe.

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