Last Updated: 2 years by Caitlin
The American Bobtail is a medium sized breed with an unusual bobbed tail and a buff and athletic body. The Bobtail is a rather uncommon breed of domestic cat.
Breed: American Bobtail cat
Size: Medium-large, 7 to 16 lbs
Energy Level: 5/5
Coat: Medium- to long-haired coat that doesn’t mat
Seeking: Anyone who’s affectionate and willing to play
Child Friendly: Yes
Personality Snapshot: Sociable, affectionate, intelligent, easily trained, loves company.
My biggest asset and what American Bobtails cats are known for is definitely my rather unusual bobbed tail, which is my namesake. It can be around 2 to 4 inches long and gives me a rugged appearance that you’d only normally see on my relatives that live in the wild.
My tail’s even got either a noticeable kink or knobby curve at the end that makes it really eye-catching. Just between the two of us, I think my tail is even more majestic than that of a Japanese Bobtail’s, Kurilian s, Pixie Bob’s or a Manx cat’s because it has a unique hypnotic sway to it that turns heads wherever I go, ‘though admittedly, I don’t get out much.
My friends tell me that I have a fairly muscular body. Well, compared to other cats, I do have a pretty fleshy physique that makes me look somewhat buff and athletic. Some of them even say that I closely resemble my cousin, Lynx, with my big, slanting ears and wiry legs!
I have a blocky head that tapers down to a short neck. My parents told me that my neck isn’t actually short.
They said it looks that way because I’ve got more muscles in the neck area due to my chest that’s broader and fuller than an average cat’s. I also have prominent hips and shoulder blades that are hard not to notice.
Moreover, a lot of felines have always complimented me on my striking cheekbones and wide eyes. I think it’s a family asset because both of my folks have expressive, almond-shaped eyes and heavy brows. I’ve even inherited their distinct full muzzle, wide nose and bushy whiskers.
My paws are roundish and rather large. If you examine them closely, you can see that they somewhat look like snowshoes. I’ve got four toes on my back paws and five in the front.
Depending on the overall length of my coat, they can also have fluffy tufts on the end that closely resemble cotton balls.
A few of my feline pals used to tease me about my stocky legs, but I think they’re just awesome.
Sure, I’m never going to be a supermodel, but they allow me to roam wherever I want without a fuss and thanks to them, I’m also a master at jumping up considerable heights and climbing on top of stuff.
Consider yourself warned.
The American Bobtail breed is one of the most playful cats you’ll ever come across. I have very high energy levels and I won’t mind playing vigorously with you for an hour or two. Unlike other felines, I have a very outgoing disposition and have no problem taking the lead in asking you to play with me.
Now while I may be very bouncy, I am not overactive like my friend, Abby the Abyssinian.
If you’re not up for a game, just give me a few thoughtful, interactive toys and I’m good to go.
Oh, and just to get this off my chest, I am easily bored and can do a number on the sofa and other furniture in the house if I don’t have anything to focus my energy on.
Compared to other cats, I am very cooperative during training and can be easily taught tricks like catch and fetch.
I am also quite attentive and will listen to your instructions closely if you want me to learn something new.
I also don’t mind going on regular walks, which some felines find rather tiresome. I’ll be ready as soon as I put on my collar and leash.
In many ways, I’m like a cleaner, smarter canine.
I don’t mean to show off but the American Bobtail breed has above average intelligence. And I will put it to good use – I’ve got this uncanny ability to easily break out of secured cages and closed rooms if I just put my mind into it. Although I don’t have a problem adapting to any kind of environment, I need lots of space to frolic around and toys to play with to keep me busy.
I can be a little high-maintenance like that, but hey – if you’re reading my profile, you’re probably not looking for a wallflower, right
That being said, I’m not as talkative and noisy as some felines. You won’t hear me meowing unceremoniously just when you’re getting ready for bed or when you leave the house for work.
Although I am not a fan of solitude, I am very patient and will be greeting you at the door when you arrive.
Just don’t forget to keep my litter box spotless. I am a stickler for bathroom cleanliness and I’ll make sure to let you know if I am not happy with it. Oh, you will know.
Unlike other cats, American Bobtails have no problem with kids, other pets and visitors coming over. I don’t even mind if there’s another dog or cat around.
As long as they don’t try to hurt me or steal my food, I’ll be their best friend and playmate. I can also easily handle rough play with children who sometimes can’t help but pinch my coat hard and tease me by pulling my tail. I am extremely tolerant and would prefer walking away instead of showing aggression. Despite my muscular physique, I’m a softie at heart.
My Ideal Human
Newbie cat owner? Have tons of other pets? I don’t mind either – as long as you’re affectionate and willing to play with me on a regular basis.
To be honest with you, I actually think it’s more fun to have lots of companions around. I also don’t have a problem with very young children who can be rowdy and boisterous to play with. As long as they’re playful, I can keep up.
Now while I am on the active side, I don’t expect my human to sweat it out with me just every minute of the day.
Having at least a half hour of energetic play is pretty much what it takes to keep me happy.
I’ve been told that I am quite independent and don’t need as much attention and grooming as other felines require. I am also very affectionate and won’t hesitate to hop in your lap if I think that you’re feeling a bit under the sun.
The American Bobtail family tree began to take root sometime in the 1960’s through the efforts of avid cat enthusiasts, Brenda and John Sanders. Grandpa Bob shared that they went to an Indian Reserve in Arizona for a holiday and stumbled upon a baby feral-looking cat whose most prominent feature was a very dramatic bobbed tail while going for a hike. They named him Yodi.
John and Brenda fell in love with Yodi so much that they ended up taking him back home in Iowa. Little did Yodi know he would eventually become the patriarch of our clan in the next few months when he became of age and was paired with the couple’s young Siamese female, Mishi.
The resulting litter produced kittens that all flaunted Yodi’s noticeable bobbed tail. News of the distinct attribute of the kittens spread so far and wide that Charlotte Bentley and Mindy Shultz, friends of John’s and Brenda’s who were also cat aficionados, also began breeding them for their unique bobbed tails. The rest is history and here I am!
By the way, we were officially recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) as an independent breed in 1989 and by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 2000.
How to Keep Me Healthy
It really doesn’t take much when it comes to keeping me happy and healthy. To tell you the truth, I am quite self-sufficient and don’t need as much attention compared to other felines. Let me give you two very good reasons why.
First, my coat is resilient to matting. Now while it will need a careful brush or two from time to time to keep it clean and dirt-free, you won’t need to slave away at it for hours on end compared to the coat of my friend, the Persian. This also means I won’t need a bath until it’s really necessary. Just keep in mind that I shed the most during fall and spring.
Second, I am not prone to dental issues like gum disease and teeth problems. I simply require a weekly meticulous brushing and that’s pretty much it. Don’t forget to trim my nails every two weeks though. They tend to grow really fast, especially when I stay indoors most of the time.
However, compared to other felines, American Bobtails have a shortened spine and have a tendency to become obese if food intake is not monitored carefully. Besides checking if food portions are right, I really do need my exercise. So play with me, okay!
- Don’t let my appearance fool you! A lot of people are scared of me because I look like I just stepped out from the woods hunting for birds and other prey, but I am really a very nice kitty. Although I may share a few physical attributes with cousin, the lynx, I m not grumpy and bad-tempered like him. Don’t tell him I said that.
- I have a penchant for sparkly things. If you suddenly lose your silver necklace or sequined glove, chances are I’ve borrowed? it.
- Due to our sensitivity to human emotions, some of my family members are used by medical professionals like psychiatrists and family doctors to help patients relax during therapy and before undergoing minor surgery.
- Grandpa Bob told me that the bobcat ancestors of Yodi, our family’s patriarch, were brought along by European settlers to keep them company during their voyage to North America.
- Unlike other felines, I prefer to trill and chirp rather than meow. Most people rather enjoy this idiosyncracy.
- We were given a Championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 2006, if you care about that sort of thing.