All you need to know about American Bobtail feline breed

All you need to know about American Bobtail feline breed

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American Bobtail is a relatively new feline breed which was developed only in the late 1960s. The most distinctive feature of this breed is its bobbed tail. They are best-known for their bobbed tail and wild appearance. There is an urban legend that these cats got their bobtail as a result of cross-breeding between a tabby cat and wild bobcat. But the bobtail could just be a random mutation, rather than the result of such a mating.

Come in all shapes and sizes

They can grow to medium to large size. They usually have full and broad chests, slightly substantial hips and prominent shoulder blades. The bobbed tail would only grow to half the length of a normal catโ€™s tail. The eyes are usually almond shaped. The shape of their eyes gives them a hunting gaze which is usually identified with alertness. The color of their eyes usually varies with the color of their fur. They have prominent whisker pads, wide nose and strong jaws.Though the tail is small, it is usually visible on the back. They are relatively big and heavy cats. They can be short-haired or long-haired. These cats usually take two to three years to reach their fully-matured size. Usually, male cats are bigger than females. Thanks to the effort various breeders, bobtail cats are available in a lot of colors and categories these days.

The family guy

These cats are fun loving and moderately energetic. They are extremely interactive with their owners. They usually adjust to the conditions they are brought up in. They are usually friendly with dogs. They usually do not have any problem to play with young and energetic kids. They do not require much upkeep, unlike many other breeds.


Usual canine food doesnโ€™t go well with this breed. The excessive sugar present in canine food cannot be processed by a bobtail catโ€™s body. You canโ€™t feed it with a wide range of food items just because it is a part of your family. They need to eat a ton of meat for protein and fat. But still, keep a check on the food they eat and make sure they donโ€™t become obese. Other than checking its diet, you should ensure that they get their exercise in the form of activity.


These felines are largely independent. They donโ€™t require much human grooming. You will just have to brush them every now and then to keep them spotless. Showers are not advised unless those are absolutely necessary. As they are not susceptible to dental issues, brushing them once a week would be fine. Make sure you clip their nails often.

Fun fact: the shrink

As these cats can be extremely close to their owners, they are used in psychotherapy as well.

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