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.
"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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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
"Watchful waiting is monitoring your cats clinical signs, providing home care and waiting to see if they will resolve. In cases of mild diarrhoea, in which the cat appears bright and appetite is ok, this approach is often recommended!This approach is not recommended for kittens or elderly cats- which can become dehydrated much more quickly. For apparently healthy adult cats, where there is no vomiting and the cat is bright, I often advise the owner to withhold food for 12- 18 hours but allow full access to clean, fresh water. Then gradually reintroduce small quantities of a light, easily digestible diet- which can be commercially bought or a bland, home-prepared diet such as boiled rice with boiled skinless chicken. Many cases of acute diarrhea respond quite readily to this conservative treatment. As the faeces return to normal, the cat's normal diet can be slowly reintroduced. If the diarrhoea continues for more than 48hrs or showing signs of sickness the cat should have a vet consultation."
From M Boyd BVSc MRCVS 30 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