American Bobtail Cat and Kitten Information
As the name implies, American Bobtail cats have a short tail, about half the size of other cat varieties. Bobtails have a double coat with a fairly dense undercoat. The outer coat can be long or shorthaired. Bobtails need to be groomed weekly to remove debris and dead hair. Some Bobtails can get enough of an oil build up on their fur to require an occasional bath. Coat colors come in brown, dark chocolate, blue and seal.
This is a medium to large sized muscular cat which can resemble a wild bobtail. The hind legs can be slightly longer than front legs with large feet and toe tufts. The head has a wildcat, feral look to it. The eyes are almond shaped, deep set. The tail is visible above the back when aroused.
General Health Considerations
Cats who reside in the house should generally visit the veterinarian yearly, unless health problems are evident. Cats who enjoy the outdoors may need to see the vet as many as four times a year. When you take your cat to the vet, be sure to bring along a fresh stool sample so the vet can do a fecal exam to check for worms such as tapeworm, round worm, whip worms and hook worms. The vet can also check for fleas, ear mites, and oral health.
Decisions about vaccinations can be made at this time. Cats who are eight years plus are considered geriatric and additional blood and urine tests may be necessary to screen for any health problems. At about six months of age, the kitten should also be examined for sexual maturity and decisions about birth control should be made.
American Bobtail History
The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wildcat, the genus Felis Lybica. This genus is comprised of smaller cats. Cats are thought to have been domesticated with the advent of farming and the storage of grain. The grain attracted rats and other vermin which naturally attracted wild cats. As time evolved, certain of these cats were domesticated for the mutual benefit of both cat and man. The African Wildcat has certain features which is obvious in the housecat of today.
The American Bobtail was started with a stray cat found on an Indian reservation in Arizona during the 1960s. He was named Yodie. Yodie crossed with a sealpoint Siamese female and some of the young carried the bobtail trait. From there, various breeders worked on coming up with a bob tailed cat that looked like wild bobcat but had a tame temperament. The breed is still being developed.
American Bobtail cats are often described as having big personalities, charming, energetic, playful and frisky.
She looks untamed
She is made in the USA
The breed is still in a development phase
Known as an escape artist
They meow some
Like to lie in laps
Said to be fearless
Slow to mature, can take two to three years
A well behaved cat
Some are shiny object thieves
Some American Bobtail American Bobtail Registries
American Bobtail Breeders Club
American Bobtail CFA Breeders Club
Cat Fanciers Association CFA
International Cat Association TICA
The Traditional Cat Association, Inc TCA
Canadian Cat Association CCA
The Australian Cat Federation Inc
The American Association of Cat Enthusiasts AACE
American Cat Fanciers Association ACFA
Cat Fanciers Association CFF
United Feline Organization UFO
Cats United International
American Bobtail Kittens
Unlike puppies, kittens should not be separated from their mother until twelve to sixteen weeks of age. Very important emotional, mental, medical and developmental stages that the kitten needs to experience happen during this time period and should not be curtailed. Kittens separated from their mother at too young an age often fail to gain weight fast enough, have immunity problems because they have not had enough mothers milk, have eating and eliminating problems, and can have socialization problems.
Every cat and kitten is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your cat or kitten. This information is meant as a good faith