#japanesebobtailcat101 #cat101 #bobtailcat101 #bobtail In today's video, we are going to look at a cat breed that appears to be part bunny and part cat.
The Bobtailed cat breed.
The Bobtailed cats arrived in Japan, as forms of gifts from the emperor of China. They have been known to live in the island nation for at least 1,000 years. Their short tails were a naturally occurring phenomenon, that was then set through selective breeding.
Over the centuries, the cats were not only imperial pets, but also guardians of grain supplies and protectors of the lucrative silkworms, both of which were threatened by rodents. Bobtails with a tricolor coat, red, and black, on a white background, became known as popular symbols of good luck.
Three of the cats were imported into the United States in 1968. By 1976, the shorthaired variety had been recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association. The longhaired Japanese Bobtail did not achieve CFA recognition, until 1993. Today, the Japanese Bobtail is recognized by all North American registries.
This breed’s most iconic characteristic is, of course, it's short “bunny” tail that can be flexible, or rigid, with one or more angles or kinks, and should be ideally extending out from the body, no more than three inches. The fur fans out to create the look of a pompom on a short hair, or a blooming chrysanthemum on a longhair. Each cat in the breed has a unique tail.
The Japanese Bobtail, is known as well for his tricolor calico pattern. Other popular colors are black and white, or red and white. He also comes in solid colors, like tortoiseshell and tabby patterns. Some cat registries permit pointed, or sepiatone coats. Bold, dramatic markings and vividly contrasting colors are a trademark of this breed. The eyes can be any color, including blue or oddeyed.
The silky coat can be shorthaired or longhaired. In both lengths, the cats have a little undercoat. Longhaired Bobtails may have a ruff around the neck, long fur on the belly, and fur that is noticeably longer on the tail, and upper hind legs, than it is on the upper part of the body. Some have tufts of fur on the ears and toes.
Bobtails have a slender yet muscular body. They also have long and slender legs, that are noticeably longer in the rear. Though they are angled in such a way that the body remains leveled, rather than rising up toward the rear. They are also known for having a finely chiseled head, with high cheekbones, large oval eyes set at a slant, and large, upright, and expressive ears.
This active and affectionate cat will “talk” to you in a soft, chirpy voice. You will be amazed by the range of his feline vocabulary. He’s not loud at all, but he does have a lot to say and a range of tones in which to say it.
When he’s not telling you about his day, or asking about yours, he is very likely carrying around a favorite toy or splashing his paw into your koi pond or aquarium. He likes playing with water, so you may find your faucets turned on or puddles beside his water dish.
This is an adaptable cat who travels well, making him a good choice for boisterous families or people who enjoy an RV lifestyle. On the downside, he can be headstrong, and it’s difficult to change his mind about which things are okay to do and which ones aren’t. He is a busy cat and must have companionship. Remember that a bored Bobtail is an amazingly creative Bobtail, and not necessarily in a way that you will appreciate.
The Bobtail is a great match for families with kids because he shares their high energy level. He is up for anything, from playing fetch to being a guest at a tea party to being dressed up in doll clothes and paraded around in a baby buggy. Always supervise children to make sure they pet and play with the cat nicely, making sure that they don’t pull the cat's ears or twist it's tail. He is happy to live with catfriendly dogs too, thanks to his amiable and fearless disposition. It is ideal to introduce pets slowly in controlled circumstances, to ensure that they learn to get along together.