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American Bobtail

AmericanBobtail

A Bobtailed Friend with a Wild Look

Fun, energetic, gentle

American Bobtails are adaptable, affectionate, and people-oriented cats. They are excellent with other household pets, children, and they enjoy being around their family. American Bobtails are active around the house and make great companions for singles with other pets, first-time cat owners, and families with older children.

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Moderately long, substantial, semi-cobby Coat:Short or medium-long, resilient

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: American Bobtails need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box, so be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl, try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: American Bobtails can have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Check their ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry — your veterinary team can show you how!

American Bobtails are curious and friendly companions. They are well suited to homes with multiple pets and kids.

Positive Traits:

  • Might "chirrup" or trill their meows to call you when they miss you

  • Loves to play games

  • Highly interactive and playful with owners

  • Laid back and gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

Negative Traits:

  • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

  • Strong hunting instinct – will chase anything flying or scampering

Whether you are considering adding a new American Bobtail to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Bobtail will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Bobtail you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an American Bobtail could encounter:

The American Bobtail originated from a stray kitten that was found by a vacationing couple in Arizona. The bobtailed male cat mated with the owner's female domestic Colorpoint Shorthair and produced a litter of bobtailed kittens. The gene for the bobtail is a naturally occurring dominant mutation. American Bobtails come in a variety of colors and patterns, but all have a bobtail that averages in length from 1-4 inches. Many American Bobtails have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch. The American Bobtail is an intelligent cat that can open closed doors and escape from cages. The calm and sensitive nature of the American Bobtail has made them exceptional therapy cats.

Consult with a veterinarian if your American Bobtail shows signs of the following:

  • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait, “bunny hopping,” increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Stool or urine accidents, difficulty passing stool

  • Care

    Routine Care: American Bobtails need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box, so be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl, try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: American Bobtails can have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Check their ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry — your veterinary team can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    American Bobtails are curious and friendly companions. They are well suited to homes with multiple pets and kids.

    Positive Traits:

    • Might "chirrup" or trill their meows to call you when they miss you

    • Loves to play games

    • Highly interactive and playful with owners

    • Laid back and gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

    • Strong hunting instinct – will chase anything flying or scampering

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new American Bobtail to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Bobtail will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Bobtail you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an American Bobtail could encounter:

  • History

    The American Bobtail originated from a stray kitten that was found by a vacationing couple in Arizona. The bobtailed male cat mated with the owner's female domestic Colorpoint Shorthair and produced a litter of bobtailed kittens. The gene for the bobtail is a naturally occurring dominant mutation. American Bobtails come in a variety of colors and patterns, but all have a bobtail that averages in length from 1-4 inches. Many American Bobtails have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch. The American Bobtail is an intelligent cat that can open closed doors and escape from cages. The calm and sensitive nature of the American Bobtail has made them exceptional therapy cats.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your American Bobtail shows signs of the following:

    • Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait, “bunny hopping,” increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Stool or urine accidents, difficulty passing stool

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