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The American Bobtail and Fun Cat Facts

Updated on October 31, 2019

The American Bobtail's Evolution

The American Bobtail evolution was jump-started in the 1960s. It produced a breed of cat with a furrier, shorter tail. This cat's wild appearance and broad ranges in eye and fur color made them popular with cat lovers around the world.

The American Bobtail is a crossbreed of the Tabby & the Bobcat. It is the result of genetic mutation and engineering. The crossbreeding of the two cats produced unique features such as a more shaggy, and bobbed tail. An American Bobtail has features that resemble the traditional Japanese Bobtails and Manx type of cats. Although similar, the American bobtail is completely different from these cats. The main difference between the two is that the American Bobtail has a tail that is hairier and half the size of the Japanese Bobtail.

Cats are beautiful animals and should alway be treated with love and respect.

Mackerel Tabby Cat
Mackerel Tabby Cat | Source

The difference between the American Bobtail and the House Cat

There are very noticeable differences between your everyday house cat and the American Bobtail. Raising an American Bobtail cat will require your utmost patience and devotion. Compared to other house cats, the American Bobtail needs considerably more attention in grooming. American Bobtail cats should be groomed at least twice a week to maintain a knot-free coat. It will also require special attention when grooming its tail.

Special Features of the American Bobtail

The American Bobtail has a small hairy tail and a wide rectangular shape chest. They also have a gently curved nose, to brow. One of their most beautiful features are their eyes, they are as big as almonds.

Bobtails Are Big Cats

The average weight of the American Bobtail is around 7 to 12 lbs, but they have been knowing to get up to 16lbs. That's one big kitty.

Bobtail Kittens start out small, and get really big.

Mackerel Tabby Cat
Mackerel Tabby Cat | Source

American Bobtails Grooming

There are two types of American Bobtails. One has relatively long hair, and another has relatively short hair. Care for Bobtails will mainly depend on the hairiness and hairstyle of the cat. The age of the cat may also factor in. Generally, grooming will be required twice a week for the long-haired American Bobtails. For shorter-haired Bobtails once a month grooming should be fine. These cats will require additional grooming during March because they will need to shed their winter coats.

Start Grooming ASAP

It is always a good idea to get your cat accustomed to regular grooming at a young age. Start grooming your cat when it is just a kitten. Start with a minimal amount of water in a tub. Don't run the faucet while the kitten is in the tub. It will likely startle the cat and creating a bad experience for both of you. Using a sponge gently squeeze water over the cat' body. Praise the kitten, "good kitty". This will help calm the cat. Before long your cat grooming experiences will go much smoother.

Cat Grooming Tips - Bathing

1) Never run the faucet when the cat is in the tub

2) Only use a shallow amount of water in the tub, no higher than the cat's ankles.

3) When bathing your kitten be sure to find the Goldilocks temperature zone, "not too hot", "not too cold", "just right!"

4) Use a large sponge to help bathing your kitten. Saturate the sponge with water, and gently squeeze water over the animal.

5) Always use tear-free cat shampoo.

Cat Grooming Tips - Drying And Brushing

1) After your bath, you’ll need to dry that kitty off. Leave the cat in the tub. Drain the water, once the all the water has dispersed you can start the drying process. Start by patting the cat down with a soft dry towel. Gently wrap the towel around the cats’ paws and lightly squeeze. Once most of the heavily saturated water has been sopped up, remove the cat from the tub.

2) Next, use a brush and a hairdryer to completely dry the cat. I recommend getting help with this, one person to hold and brush the cat, and the other to operate the hairdryer.

3) Set the hairdryer to its lowest settings, both for temperature and blowing power. If the cat seems fine with the low blower setting, it may be turned to the next highest setting. Always keep the temperature setting low so as not to burn the cat. Do put the hairdryer to close to the cats’ body or face.

Bobtails can be amazing pets!

The American Bobtail makes a great companion for people of all ages. The look and appearance of the Bobtail may be a bit wild but, behavior, and temperament, is not. They are trainable, home-friendly, and quick learners. They can be taught tricks, and are usually able to learn their names quickly. Having an American Bobtail cat in your home can enhance your family life. They are a joy to have and they are very friendly with kids. The cat is said to expressed dogs like loyalty, and friendliness with home members. These cats will let you know they are happy by making chirping and purring sounds.

Love Your Pets

Tuxedo Cat
Tuxedo Cat | Source

A growing alienation among several breeds has led the Board to look into a solution.

In 2007 there had been a bit of controversy over cat breeds. A resolution regarding what the "Definition of a Breed" was desperately needed. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) board met to discuss and resolve the issue.

The CFA had given The Breed Councils three opportunities for input as to what they feel the issues surrounding cat breeds were. For the most part, their response was that they wanted support for the individual cat breeds, to be unique to their own classification. For the most part, this has been an unwritten foundation within the CFA.

The Breed Definition Report

In Albuquerque, NM a board meeting took place favorably endorsing a new policy that protects the integrity of your breeds’ identities.


Reaching championship

The CFA currently admit 42 pedigreed breeds for showing in the Championship Class.

Cat breeds that want to be recognized as valid, need to follow a fairly rigorous process set by the CFA. For a potential breed to be recognized, it must pass through each of the classifications standards; in order for it to be considered for inclusion.

Cats may compete at CFA shows in 7 different categories.

#1 Miscellaneous

If you're just starting the process and you looking for acknowledgment from CFA. This classification puts the breed on the exhibition at the shows. Judges will them look the cat over and talk about their breed standards.

#2 Kittens

In order to enter this class for the show, your kitten must be pedigreed between the ages of 4 and 8 months.

#3 Household Pet

This classification of this type of cat, fall under non-pedigreed. The cat must be 4 to 8 months in age, they can’t be declawed, and they need to be spayed or neutered.

#4 Provisional

This classification of cats will compete for the Best in Breed, however, they will not be allowed to attend finals until they move up to Championship status.

#5 Championship

This compaction is only for the elite pedigreed cats. They must be unaltered and over the age of eight months.

#6 Premiership

This compaction is held for pedigreed cats in an altered manner only. The cat must be over the age of eight months.

#7 Veterans

This competition is for the older pedigreed cats only, they can be altered or altered, and they must be over the age of seven years.

Cute cat pictures.

Tuxedo Cat
Tuxedo Cat | Source

Taking Pictures of Bobtail Kittens

Pictures of Bobtail kittens are one of those things that are hard to resist. The cute factor is just too high not to take a picture. Photographing your kitten is a great way to see the actual growth of the animal. Kittens turn into cats fairly quickly so those first few weeks are the time to keep a camera handy. With this in mind, there are a few tips to consider when you take some of your first pictures.

It's always a good idea to have an item in the frame to show the size and scale of your kitten. Surrounding your kitten with say; yarn balls will help give the photo depth and scale. While photographing the cat against a blank will offer 0 points of reference as of how big the cat actually is.

Photograph cats when they are playing or stretching.

Mackerel Tabby Cat
Mackerel Tabby Cat | Source

What is that?

As with human children; the sense of wonder makes for a fantastic photograph. Snap some photos of your kittens as they begin to check out their new world. They can be as inquisitive as a toddler. Take the photograph while the kitten's mind is working "what the heck is this?" This type of curious look on the cat's faces shows up remarkably well in a picture. To catch these thought happening are what makes good pictures.

A child's first kitten

Another idea for a picture is a child's first interaction with a young kitten. This may be the first time a child has held another living thing in their hands. The look of a child holding a kitten for the first time can be priceless.

A kitten's first encounter with the outdoors

Try to photograph your Bobtail's first encounters with the outdoors. Your own backyard can offer many photographic opportunities. While it may not look too exciting to you, your new kitten will likely find it to be thrilling. Thus a photo opportunity is born. Be at the ready with your camera, because anything can happen. A butterfly may happen by, and your kitten could engage in playful jumping or swatting. Even the swaying of the grass would likely inspire play in your Bobtail kitten.

Cats can bring you many year of joy.

Tuxedo Cat
Tuxedo Cat | Source

Be Ready, Be Alert, Snap Your Picture!

As much as a photographer would like to be able to plan a funny picture it will rarely occur. Cats are just too unpredictable. When something does happen with a cat, it often happens fast. In some respects, a photographer looking for a funny picture from a cat will need to be like a Wild West gunfighter. They need to have the camera on the hip and at the ready to "click".

Generally, a person can use their instinct to feel when the cat is about to get into trouble. It is just one of those things. Funny cat pictures stem from the photographer knowing when the cat just cannot resist doing something foolish or mischievous. Then taking the photo when it happens.

Be ready

Some cats like to push their limits while some are innocent bystanders. Whichever cat is around the house they are sure to get themselves into situations at one time or another. Funny cat pictures happen at the most unexpected times so have the camera ready to "click".

Meow, meow, meow.

Tuxedo Cat
Tuxedo Cat | Source

More Than Meets The Eye

Did you know there is more to cats than meets the eye? There are so many interesting things that most of us don't even know about cats. Yeah, sure we have all heard about how cats have "nine lives" or how they always land on their feet. Though, these interesting facts aren't just all myths. Which is why they are called facts. These facts are all about domestic cats and do not apply to wild cats or other families of the cat, such as a tiger or jaguar.

Cats Are Truly Amazing! Below are 14 Fun Cat Facts:

Black Cat
Black Cat | Source

Cat Fact #1

Cats have been domestic for over 8000 years!

Cat Fact #2

Cats can tell the mood and feelings of their owners.

Cat Fact #3

Every cat has an individual print on its nose. We can relate by comparing our fingerprints to their noses.

Cat Fact #4

The word cat is short for felis-catus, meaning house cat in the Latin language.

Cat Fact #5

The cat was sacred in ancient Egypt and was a cult animal.

Cat Fact #6

There are approximately 60 million cats in just the United States.

Cat Fact #7

Most cats contain 20,000 genes with 38 chromosomes.

Cat Fact #8

Cats have a chemo-sensory, or a sensory receptor, in their taste buds which makes them dislike sweet-tasting foods such as berries or fruits.

Cat Fact #9

White cats with blue eyes are more likely to be deaf than any other appearance.

Cat Fact #10

Most cats, no matter what type (Siamese, Bengal, Bobtail, etc.), are roughly the same size.

Cat Fact #11

Cats are known to have a sixth finger, because they have a dewclaw which is a longer claw than the rest, appearing to look like an extra one.

Cat Fact #12

A cats' heart should beat 120 to 140 times every minute. This assures a healthy kitty.

Cat Fact #13

Cats are carnivores and have a hard time digesting vegetables or any plants.

Cat Fact #14

The oldest living cat was born on august 3rd 1967 and was 44 last time I heard. That is one old kitty cat! That just shows how remarkable and extraordinary cats are! No wonder why so many of us love the presence of these little furballs!

Please be good to your cats. They love you.

Mackerel Tabby Cat
Mackerel Tabby Cat | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jason Nicolosi

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