Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted Jan 17, 2009
Tenchi is the only Japanese Bobtail I have ever owned. He was my son's cat originally. Joel (son) decided he wanted a JB after we went to a show with friends of mine who had a lovely female JB. He was a huge change from owning Abyssinians. I put 5 on appearance because I think he looks like a JB should. He did okay showing with the exception that he hated being handled by people he didn't know. Unlike the Aby, who swore the whole time, he just cowered. On the other side, he can be a velcro kitty if he thinks he's not getting enought attention. He loves snuggling under any afghan I'm crocheting, which is not as much help as he thinks it is. It takes him a little while to warm up to people who come to the house. His friendly to other cats is mixed. He loves my Aby and got along reasonably well with the others when I had several. However, he hates (underline) the cat I inherited when my mom died. I have introduced any number of cats to each other, and this is the first time I failed to get them to at least tolerated each other. His activity level is fairly high, but he was raised with Abyssinians, so I don't know if he is typical. When an Aby insists it's play time, it's time to play. An Aby's way of including a cat who doesn't want to play, is to jump into the middle of that cat or race across them until they give up and join the chase. Tenchi is much more vocal than my Aby, with a number of different vocalizations, from plains meow and purr to long winded complaining if I don't get supper on at the right moment. He is a bit more destructive than my Aby, because he is a clutz. I thought I would have to tape down my reading lamp before he learned not to dash across the end table. He is quite a bit bigger than the Aby and doesn't fit as well thru small spaces as she does, but he is willing to try. He is also stubborn, so it took me awhile to convince him that my kitchen chairs are not scratching posts. I put him as low maintenance, and neutral costs because other than the normal feed, water, vet care, etc., he doesn't take much else. In the spring he sheds like crazy, but loves to be combed so it's not hard to do. I doubt I would have ever owned a JB without my son wanting one and I can't say I'm terribly sorry my son didn't take him along when Joel moved out. For those of you who watched Japanese animation 9-10 years ago, yes, he is named after the hero of one of those, but I can't remember the name of the series.