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
Best Flea and Tick Collar Available
The Seresto collar is a 8-month preventative for fleas and ticks available for dogs and cats. I had a client yesterday say it is the best tick prevention she has ever used for her outdoor cats and she will never use anything else. Seresto collars are much safer than the over-the-counter Hartz and Seargents -type collars. Unlike those collars they do not use organophosphates or amitraz which can be toxic to you and your pet if ingested. When you apply the collar, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. It is a break-away collar, so if your cat becomes tangled, it will break off. However, the company (Beyer) will supply you with one replacement collar, if you contact them. Although it is available over-the-counter, I recommend getting the collar through your veterinarian due to the fact that we are seeing knock-off versions and counterfeit products that can cause toxicity. .
From sat14 550 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 577 days ago
Adopt a American Bobtail from a shelter near you