We like this cat and we cannot lie. You other folks might deny, but when American Bobtail walks in with that itty-bitty nub, we fall in love. Her stubby tail occurs naturally—after decades of careful breeding, or genetic mutation, or possible chance encounters between bobcats and domestic cats. It's a little unclear; you know how cats are.
One thing that is clear is how beloved the American Bobtail is among cat aficionados—even truck drivers! No, seriously. The American Bobtail is a breed known for being especially good to travel with, so has become a fun companion for U.S. truck drivers.
This breed can grow to between 11-20 pounds and lives an average of 15-20 years.
Did someone say "toy?" Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
Call me Fido
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE AMERICAN BOBTAIL'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
American Bobtails are just big balls of fuzzy love. They bond strongly with their people and are even sensitive to when people are stressed. No wonder they make such great therapy cats
. They crave attention and company.
WHAT IS AMERICAN BOBTAIL'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?
American Bobtails are loving lapcats. And these cats are great with children, dogs, and other cats. They're also a bit sticky-fingered (sticky-pawed?), so be sure to put shiny objects like jewelry somewhere your furry friend can't reach them. They are frisky and fun-loving, but not hyperactive.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY AMERICAN BOBTAIL ENTERTAINED?
American Bobtails are smart and adventurous—you might think about taking yours for a leashed stroll around the block. If you have your American Bobtail from a young age, consider socializing her to the car and leash. She might just want to come with you on your next road trip! She also might enjoy fetching toys or paper balls, you know, in the house.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO AMERICAN BOBTAILS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
American Bobtails are most clearly distinguished by those adorable, abbreviated tails, which are about one-third the length of most cats.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO AMERICAN BOBTAILS HAVE?
Though generally healthy, American Bobtails can have spinal problems that make incontinence a problem.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE AMERICAN BOBTAILS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
American Bobtails aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. (Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers.) If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY AMERICAN BOBTAIL'S BEST DAY?
This is a decidedly dog-like cat—she even wags her tail when she's happy! Consider some leash-training and bring her with you on your daily adventures. Your bond will be even stronger and she can help defuse any tension you feel throughout the day.
SHOULD I ADOPT AN AMERICAN BOBTAIL?
American Bobtails are furry balls of fun who just want to be wherever you are. Whether you're looking to cuddle up on the couch or travel across the United States in your camper, this kitty's along for the ride. Keep in mind that this is not a cat to leave at home alone a lot. Her strong bond with her people makes her happiest at your side.
Have you decided that an American Bobtail is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.