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.
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
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