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American Bobtail

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Intelligent, laid-back and easy-going, American Bobtails are unique in look and personality. Their short tails are their most distinctive feature with no two bobtails being the same. These creatures love a bit of company and won’t mind hitting the road with you to see the countryside.

Where I'm From

The history of the American Bobtail is best told in a story. One that involves the unexpected meeting between a brown tabby kitten named Yodi and a young couple by the names of John and Brenda Sanders.

The trio first met when John and Brenda, who were holidaying in Arizona stumbled upon a little short tailed feline they called Yodi.

The couple took the kitten home with them to Iowa, where it mated with their female cat Mishi, who’s believed to have been a seal point Siamese. The resulting litter ended up with Yodi’s short tail.

Family friends Mindy Shultz and Charlotte Bentley recognised potential for the kittens to become a new breed, and managed to produce the first true American bobtails.

The breed was recognised by The International Cat Association as naturally occurring in 1989.

What I Look Like

American Bobtails are medium sized felines. Their bodies are long and substantial, their hind legs slightly longer than their front legs and they proudly sport a distinctive short tail. No two tails are alike, and they’re roughly one to four inches long. Some are straight while others are curved or bumpy.

These cats have almond-shaped eyes and a wild look about them. They come with either a shorthair or medium longhair coat, in any pattern.

How I Act

The American Bobtail is a unique breed of cat. It’s known to enjoy travelling which makes it popular amongst truckies and grey nomads. Evidently, it’s an adaptable animal who will find happiness in a noisy or calm household, it really isn’t fussed.

It’s a highly intelligent breed that quickly picks up tricks and games like fetch. Unlike Balinese cats, American Bobtails are pretty easy going and won’t be too in your face. They enjoy companionship, and have a beautiful affectionate and loving nature. This breed is a suitable pet for all types of people from young families to single professionals.

Looking After Me

There’s a moderate amount of grooming required to keep American Bobtails in top form. Brushing their coats twice weekly will keep them healthy and remove dead hair. A weekly nail trim and ear clean is also recommended.

While most American Bobtails are born healthy, those born without tails are more likely to develop spinal problems.

Am I the pet for you?

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.