WHO’S THAT CAT?
Tufted ears like his namesake, the bobcat; a brown spotted tabby coat; and, of course, a bobbed tail come together in the Pixiebob, a relatively new cat breed created to give the impression of wild blood without the actual presence of it. But he’s no mild-mannered Clark Kent of
a cat, either. The Pixiebob’s founding breeder, Carol Ann Brewer, describes the cats as
“part monkey” because of their intelligence, curiosity and dexterity.
“Life will never be the same
once you decide to share it with a
Pixiebob,” says Shari Fedewa Richards
of Living Legend Pixiebobs in Winter
Park, Florida. “They are true compan-
ions and members of the family.”
These active cats enjoy being friends
in high places, preferably at “heart
level” so they can help you or keep you
company in whatever you’re doing.
Pixiebobs want to be with you, near you
or on you, but they’re not obnoxious
about it, Shari says. Keep that in mind,
though, if it would annoy you to have a
cat, er, dogging your footsteps.
“The best family for a Pixiebob
would be one that would interact
with the cat,” says Marilyn Trenk of
Colorado Pixies in eastern Oklahoma.
“They love their family members,
become quite attached and are as
loyal as any dog.”
Living with a Pixiebob
The Pixiebob enjoys conversing
with people. He communicates with a
pleasant voice. In addition to the standard meows and purrs, he chatters,
chirps and chuffs.
Pixiebobs often love going for car
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rides, making them a favorite companion of truckers and RVers.
The shorthaired Pixiebob needs
weekly brushing. The medium- or
long-haired variety should be
brushed more often to ensure that
he doesn’t develop mats or tangles.
Other grooming needs include regular nail trims (be sure you don’t miss
any claws), ear cleaning and fang
What you should know
The Pixiebob is a large cat and
typically weighs 10 to 18 pounds. His
medium-length or short coat usually
comes in a brown spotted tabby pattern. Pixiebobs with a classic tabby or
mackerel-striped coat or who come