About the Japanese Bobtail Cat
Playful, intelligent, and with an attitude that’s only a little demanding, the Japanese Bobtail cat is a rare breed with stunning looks, soft silky fur, and a melodious singsong voice.
If you’re lucky enough to bring a Japanese Bobtail cat into your home, you’ll have a friend for life. These cats are exceptionally loyal and loving, even though they believe that you live to serve them. They love to follow their favorite people around, meowing and tapping for attention, and bringing toys to ask for games of fetch that can seem to go on forever.
Japanese Bobtail cats are renowned for their friendliness. Many are so outgoing that they will even greet strangers like old friends. They love to be involved in everything, reading the same books you do, playing computer games and surfing the Internet together, and helping you with all of your projects, carrying on a conversation the entire time.
The breed’s friendly nature doesn’t just extend to humans: These cats typically enjoy the company of other felines and they will readily make friends with dogs as well.
Most depictions of the Japanese Bobtail cat show the Mi-Ke color variants, which is pronounced ‘mee kay.” Mi-Ke is a unique tricolor pattern that is normally displayed by female cats. This is atrait that is shared with calico cats, which also display three colors in their coats.
Even though Mi-Ke (calico) is the best-known Japanese Bobtail cat color, these kitties can be of any shade and pattern including solid colors, van, tabby, and bi-color. Whatever your favorite cat color, it’s likely that there’s a Japanese Bobtail to match!
As natural athletes, Javanese cats don’t require much encouragement to play. Simply set them up for success, and they are likely to do the rest – perhaps with a little bit of help from you. These cats love to play fetch, they adore feathered wands, and chasing laser beams is a favorite pastime.
When you aren’t able to join in the fun, they’ll keep themselves entertained, climbing their cat tree, watching birds from the windowsill, jumping up onto the highest shelves they can find, and of course playing with toys from their personal treasure trove.
Most Javanese cats are very healthy, however genetic issues do occasionally arise including crossed eyes, arthritis, deafness, and hip dysplasia. Responsible breeders typically test to ensure that parents are healthy, however there is never a 100% guarantee that all individuals will be free from disease.
Some Javanese cats slow down quite a bit with age. A reduction in activity level can lead to obesity, which can compound other health problems. If your cat isn’t as active as before, you may want to check with your vet concerning reduced portion sizes or dietary changes based on a more sedentary lifestyle.
If you guessed that Japanese Bobtail cats are native to the islands of Japan, you’re correct! The first cats to arrive in Japan probably came from China or Korea, sometime around 600 to 700 A.D., when Buddhist monks needed help keeping rats out of the rice paper scrolls they used for temple records.
As the bobtail gene became more prevalent, more bobtail cats were seen. During the 1600s, rats plagued Japan’s silk industry and cats were released from the temples and tasked with the important job of rodent abatement.
All Japanese Bobtail cats trace their heritage back to these incredibly helpful feline assistants. The first Japanese Bobtails to make their way to the United States arrived in 1968, with the help of Elizabeth Freret. CFA accepted shorthair Japanese Bobtail cats for championship status in 1976. The longhair Japanese Bobtail cat was granted official recognition much later, in 1993. Today, the Japanese Bobtail is recognized by all major registering bodies except the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.
Did You Know?
No two Japanese Bobtail cats have the exact same tail structure: In fact, it has been said that each of these cats have a tail as unique as a fingerprint.
While members of the Japanese Bobtail family may not be lap cats, they truly enjoy the company of their favorite people. They like to be close and will often snuggle next to a person on the sofa. It’s not uncommon for them to climb under the covers with their favorite companion at bedtime.
If you have ever noticed a statue of a cat with its paw raised up, perhaps with a hinge attached to allow the paw to swing back and forth, you’ve seen one of the most popular artistic interpretations of the Japanese Bobtail cat ever created. These statues are called Maneki Neko (beckoning cat) and are generally believed to bring good luck. In shops, they are used to attract good customers.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Japanese Bobtail cat cost?
Japanese Bobtail cats cost between $500-$2,000.
How big do Japanese Bobtail cats get?
Japanese Bobtail cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Japanese Bobtail cat might weigh between 6-10 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 10″-14″ inches tall.
How long do Japanese Bobtail cats live?
The Average lifespan for Japanese Bobtail is 12-16 years.
Do Japanese Bobtail cats shed?
Japanese Bobtail are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don’t shed as much as other cat breeds.