The Good Luck Charm
of Japan: the
Japanese Bobtail Cat
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The image of a Japanese Bobtail seated with a paw raised is
called the Maneki Neko, or beckoning cat, and is considered
to be a good luck charm in Japan. The statue of the Maneki
Neko is often found in front of residences and stores there.
The Japanese Bobtail is an ancient cat breed that is born
with an unusual tail that looks as though it has been
bobbed. It should be between one and three inches long and
normally the tail fur fluffs out, making the tail look more
like a rabbit's tail than a feline tail.
The bobbed tail is caused by a recessive gene, so, if both
parents are Japanese Bobtails, all kittens from the pair
will also have bobtails. Unlike the Manx breed, which is
often bobtailed as well, Japanese Bobtail kittens are never
born with full tails or with the complete absence of tail of
the Manx. They are not related to the Manx cat, their
genetics and body types are very different.
The Japanese Bobtail is native to Southeast Asia and Japan
though they can now be found all over the world. There are a
wealth of ancient Asian stories and art that feature the
Japanese Bobtail, which has been known in its current form
for generations. In Japan the earliest written account of
the Japanese Bobtail says that the cat arrived from China
over one thousand years ago.
In 1602, a decree was released by authorities that all cats
should be released in order to save the silk-worm from the
rodent population. The buying and selling of cats was
illegal from then on. Bobtailed cats then became the "alley
cats" of Japan.
In the late 1960's three Japanese Bobtails were imported to
the United States from Japan by the late Elizabeth Freret.
They were accepted by the CFA in 1976 for Championship
status. In the UK the first registered litter of Japanese
Bobtails was born under the Solstans prefix in 2001.
The water-resistant coat may be short or semi-longhaired.
The Japanese Bobtail can be almost any color, but the calico
color is the most favored by the Japanese. As in any other
breed of cat with a multicolored coat, the colors can be
arranged in any pattern, with calico and van patterns being
the most common for purebred cats. Other colorations are
also accepted for the Japanese Bobtail, however, except for
Siamese points or the Abyssinian agouti coloration.
Japanese Bobtails are intelligent, affectionate, active,
sturdy, talkative and healthy cats that begin their lives as
very large, precocious kittens. They are great companion
cats and usually wonderful with children. They are still
somewhat rare in the United States but their charms are
winning them more and more followers every year.
Picture Japanese Bobtail Cat
Unique Needs for a Unique Cat
Dr. Jane R. Bicks
Usually calico patterned (red, black, and white),
the Japanese Bobtail is a unique feline.
It has been immortalized for centuries in Japanese
artworks, is both reserved and playful. In fact, on
a warm summer day, a bob might even climb into a
birdbath or shallow tub for a recreational splash.
It's so inquisitive that it never seems to gain weight
- so you can leave food down all day.
Easy to care for, your bob only really needs a quality
balanced diet of alternative premium cat food and a
daily antioxidant supplement.
What Cat Food I would feed a Japanese Bobtail Cat
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