Despite the wild appearance, the American Bobtail has a heart of gold. They are a family cat: loving, devoted, and social. Their kind nature and the seemingly intuitive ability to seek out those in emotional distress have made them a popular therapy animal. Their outgoing nature and adaptability has earned them a reputation as good traveling companions, and they are a common breed among long distance truckers and RV travelers.
Rumors abound about the origin of the American Bobtail, with the most colorful version speculating that the breed is the result of a domestic cat mating with a wild bobcat. Though possible, it is highly unlikely that this is the case for the American Bobtail, and far more likely the short tail is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation in the local feral cat population. What we do know is that in the late 1960’s, a couple vacationing in Arizona found a short-tailed kitten and decided to take him home. This kitten, named Yodie, was later bred to the couple’s non-pedigreed seal-point domestic cat. The resulting kittens were born with Yodie’s short tail, and development of the breed has continued throughout the United States since.
Appearance / health:
The American Bobtail is a medium to large cat, known for its wild bobcat appearance. They have a rectangular body, broad-chested and broad-hipped, with a large bone structure, and appear muscular and athletic. Their stance and movement resembles that of the wild Bobcat. The male American Bobtail averages from 12 to 16lbs, while the female averages 7 to 11lbs. They are slow to mature, and may not reach full size for 2 to 3 years.
Their hind legs are longer than the front legs, which make the hips sit slightly higher than the shoulders. They have large, round feed and may have tufted toes. Most signature of the American Bobtail is the shortened tail, which can be anywhere from a third to a half of a normal-length tail. The short and expressive tail may be slightly curved or kinked, with shaggy fur, and should be clearly visible above the back when alert. They have a broad, wedge-shaped head, with a well-defined, broad, medium-length muzzle, and strong chin. Their almond shaped eyes can be of any color.
The American Bobtail may be short or long-haired with shaggy fur. They can come in any color or pattern, though the most popular are those colors and patterns that enhance their wild look.
Behavior / temperament:
The American Bobtail is moderately active, with a playful and fun-loving nature. They enjoy having toys that they can pack around the house, and may be persuaded to take part in a game of fetch. Intelligent and self-assured, they are often easy to leash-train, and if well socialized, do well around strangers. The American Bobtail makes a great family pet and bond closely with the whole family rather than a single individual. They have an easy-going attitude, and while they will want to spend time with their owners, are not overly demanding of affection. When they are in the mood, however, the American Bobtail won’t hesitate to take over your lap. While good with children and other pets, young children should be supervised around the American Bobtail so that they do not take advantage of the cat’s sweet nature with poking, prodding, and tail-pulling.
The American Bobtail is a quiet cat, but they may let you know they’re happy with a repertoire of chirps, trills, and clicks.
My Sweet, Affectionate Little Man
Morpheus was one of the sweetest, most affectionate cats I've ever owned. It was hard to sit in place for very long before he'd be on your lap. He'd throw himself over (he liked to lay on his back with this belly up) and if you weren't paying attention, he'd slide right to the floor. He had absolute trust that you wouldn't let that happen. He was my cuddle-bug. He liked to cuddle up on the couch while you watched tv or read, and he'd snuggle up near my head when we went to bed. He was mellow, and happy, and the best stress relief you could ask for.
He was incredibly social and outgoing. He'd always be at the door to greet me when I got home, and in fact, my family could rely on him to let them know when I'd arrived. He'd greet strangers, too. People often remarked about how friendly he was. He got along equally as well with other cats, including the many short-term fosters that found their way through my home. I even ended up keeping one of my fosters because he had bonded to her so closely. They slept cuddled up, so that it was difficult to tell where one cat ended, and the other began.
I really have nothing negative to say about my experience with this breed. He was an amazing cat. I have always bonded closely to my animals, but he holds a special place in my heart. His love and his affection got me through some very hard times. It was very, very difficult when he passed away. I've had (and have) many cats, and none of them have been able to fill the role of companion and comforter like he did..
From Natasha2283 Sep 26 2015 3:04AM
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
A bobtail cat is surely a sight to see. A bit of a change from your average house cat. They are extremely athletic and can jump to incredible heights. Roofus got his name from his dog like tendencies. Oddly enough he enjoys fetch and is a bit territorial. Being an intact male may be the reason for his protective instincts but nonetheless he's been an interesting roommate. Unfortunately he hasn't been the easiest to house train and without being able to have his natural food source from hunting he's been difficult to feed. He is picky and his stomach is sensitive. He has a long coat that mats easily. He isn't very vocal unless he feels something is wrong. Roofus is lively but his activity isn't too much to handle, he enjoys toys and something to keep him busy. He may have been better as an outdoor cat because he has proved to be a poor house cat given his inability to use the box..
From kpstruble Sep 16 2015 9:52PM