5 Things You Didn’t Know About The American Bobtail

Written by: Modi Ramos
| Published on April 27, 2015

With a name like the American Bobtail, it’s clear this cat’s origin and one uniquely defining trait. The American Bobtail is a strong, muscular cat, that also happens to be quite rare. Although this cat may look a bit like a wildcat, they are actually 100% domesticated feline. Take a look at our 5 things you didn’t know about the American Bobtail to learn more about this cool cat breed:

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1. A Cat Who Likes to Travel?

While you wouldn’t consider most cats as being fond of cars, an American Bobtail can actually enjoy car rides if properly introduced to the idea of playing passenger at a young age. These cats are so easy-going that they get along with pretty much everyone they meet, human and animal alike. Fun fact: The American Bobtail is a favorite cat breed among long-haul truck drivers.

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2. One Kind Kitty

Because of their naturally friendly and loving nature, many American Bobtails have served as therapy cats to bring happiness to those in need. The American Bobtail is sensitive to people’s needs, and combined with their unique appearance, they spread much joy to those in need of a few smiles.

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3. Naturally Short

The interesting looking half tail that the American Bobtail possesses comes as a result of a genetic mutation. The tail of this breed is typically 1/3 to 1/2 as long as a common cat’s tail. The American Bobtail is a cross between a seal-point Siamese and a domesticated tabby, and the shortened tail is from a genetic mutation much like the one found in the Manx cat breed. Fun fact: Urban legends have suggested a theory that the American Bobtail is actually the crossing between a domestic tabby and a wild bobcat.

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4. True to the Name

Like a bobcat from the wild, an American Bobtail’s hind legs are slightly longer than its front legs. Because of this length variation, it causes the American Bobtail to have a slanted stance, almost as if they are slightly crouching at certain angles. Fun fact: The American Bobtail is actually one of the smartest of all cat breeds, and have been referred to as the “Harry Houdini” of the cat world because they can get themselves out of nearly any situation possible.

(vetstreet.com is a great online resource for vet info, care tips, and breed facts on domesticated pets.)

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5. Loving, Loyal, and in High Demand

Known as a relatively new cat breed, the American Bobtail is constantly in demand in the cat world for it’s warm personality, strong loyalty, and lovable nature. If you’re looking for a unique cat, with a need to be near (even on a car ride!), who is also wickedly intelligent, then the American Bobtail might be just the cat breed for you!

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