Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Virginia, United States
Posted Oct 14, 2014
Back in the 90's I adopted the sweetest little black and white cat and later found out that she was a pregnant American Bobtail. She was med. long haired and soft as silk with the most loving personality you could want. She loved to hunt and brought us mice and other small gifts from the woods.
When her time came to have babies she had them in my shower and there were 4 little darlings....two bobtails and 2 long tails. When they were old enough I found homes for all but one little blue-gray long haired bobtail, who happened to be my favorite. He was also the only kitten in the litter who purred loud enough to hear, so his name was Purr.......and he was a keeper.
We lived in the country and Purr and his Mom hunted and generally came in to cuddle and get treats at night. They were delightful, smart cats that had just the right balance of independence and affection. I did not like the fact that Purr in particular would stay out for a couple of days at a time, even after he was neutered, but that is the nature of males who get used to being outdoors (which I would not allow if I had it to do again).
Both American Bobtails were friendly and good with other pets such as the little mixed breed dog I had. The dog and cats would sleep on the couch together and Purr took great joy in hiding and jumping out to scare the dog. I loved those cats and would definitely recommend the breed.