7Constant companion American Bobtails find comfort in new surroundings and serve
as great companions on the road.
They buddy up with long-distance
truckers and RVers who maintain a
steady, freewheeling lifestyle.
8The cat will see you now
American Bobtails often act as
therapy animals and have been
used in treatment programs by
psychotherapists due to their high
sensitivity to human emotions and
skill at providing comfort.
9More tail talk While some American Bobtails
have no tail at all (rumpies), most
have a shortened tail that ranges
from a 1-inch bob to a hock-length
bob. The cat’s balance is unaffected by the shortened tail; however,
rumpies are unacceptable by breeding standards given the health problems caused by the shortened spine.
No two tails are the same.
11All in the family
are excellent cats for
single people or families with children as
well as other animals.
As playful characters,
they hold fast to the
notion of “the more
the merrier” and like
to bond with the
entire family rather
than a single
12Love me! American Bobtails love a lot
of affection, so shower him with
TLC, or else he may just steal a few
shiny objects that you treasure —
just another one of his quirks. Don’t
say we didn’t warn you.
Writer and blogger Erika Sorocco
has written about small mam-
mals and cats for 10 years. Erika
currently fuses her love for
felines and fashion together in the blog
Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans, where she waxes
poetic about her favorite makeup look
(cat eyes, of course) and love for cozy knit
sweaters (which she unwillingly shares
with her cats Minky and Gypsy). Follow
Erika on Twitter at @cateyesskinnies.
10Hear me chirp, hear me trill While not as vocal as some breeds, American Bobtails are verbose in their own way. Purrs and meows are a part
of their vocabulary, but
Bobtails are known for their
chirps, trills, and clicks —
all of which are expressed
in moments of pleasure.