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Japanese Bobtail

JapaneseBobtail

An Active Cat

Active, Strong, Vocal

Japanese Bobtails are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Japanese Bobtails, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Japanese Bobtail and some can be quite irritating! 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 them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-sized, muscular, lean, elegant Coat:Medium length to long, soft, silky

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
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care:  Japanese 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. 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: The shorthaired Japanese Bobtails have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine. Longhair Japanese Bobtails have long hair that will need brushed daily.

Dental: They generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

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

Japanese Bobtails are full of energy, always playful, curious, loving, and happy.

Positive Traits:

  • May meow to communicate with you!

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • An excellent playmate and source of entertainment

  • Friendly, extroverted personality

  • Excellent hunting skills

Negative Traits:

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

Whether you are considering adding a new Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japanese 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're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Japanese Bobtail could encounter:

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

Allergies/Atopy

Each tail of the Japanese Bobtail is unique, like snowflakes, no two are alike. Bobtails are very social cats, often greeting guests at the door. They are very people oriented and like to be the center of attention. Japanese Bobtails travel well and adapt well to new environments and other pets. Active and intelligent, it is not unusual to find them splashing a paw in water, carrying toys around, or playing fetch. Japanese Bobtails can be talkative; their pleasant, chirping voices are often described as singing.

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

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care:  Japanese 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. 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: The shorthaired Japanese Bobtails have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine. Longhair Japanese Bobtails have long hair that will need brushed daily.

    Dental: They generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

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

  • Characteristics

    Japanese Bobtails are full of energy, always playful, curious, loving, and happy.

    Positive Traits:

    • May meow to communicate with you!

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • An excellent playmate and source of entertainment

    • Friendly, extroverted personality

    • Excellent hunting skills

    Negative Traits:

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japanese 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're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Japanese Bobtail could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Allergies/Atopy

  • History

    Each tail of the Japanese Bobtail is unique, like snowflakes, no two are alike. Bobtails are very social cats, often greeting guests at the door. They are very people oriented and like to be the center of attention. Japanese Bobtails travel well and adapt well to new environments and other pets. Active and intelligent, it is not unusual to find them splashing a paw in water, carrying toys around, or playing fetch. Japanese Bobtails can be talkative; their pleasant, chirping voices are often described as singing.

  • Watch Out For

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

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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