Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A-Z: Japanese Bobtail

By jonny-mt - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4103836



Like our domestic shorthair, Japanese Bobtails are considered domestics in Japan. Though, after America jumped on the bandwagon to consider them a breed, Japan followed.
In Japan, they are associated with good luck.
There isn't a record of their origins but the legend is that one cat slept too near the hearth and its tail caught on fire. It ran through the city and all the houses burned down. Angry, the emperor ordered that all cats' tails be bobbed so there would be no more fires in the city.
These cats were quite prevalent in Japan by the seventeenth century. They could be found in the streets and were used to protect the silkworms from rodents.
Bobtails come in nearly any color but the most popular are the tricolored, red, black and white. These are the kitties that are considered good luck. The Bobtails'  tails more resemble a bunny rabbit's than a lynx. The average length of the tail is four inches, but it appears shorter because it curls up.
These cats are medium in size with lean bodies. Their eyes are large and beautiful. They have a long nose, high cheekbones and a triangular head.
The Japanese Bobtail is intelligent, affectionate, gets along well with children and other animals.
They 'chirp' and like to ride on shoulders. The average weight is around seven pounds. It has little to no health issues and is easy to care for. The average age is fifteen-eighteen.
Japanese Bobtails' claim to fame: It's the inspiration for Hello Kitty.
This is another kitty that is prone to overeating and won't hesitate to beg for more food.
Even though these cats are rare in the states, if you think you might want one, please check out petfinder.com or your local rescue or shelter.

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42 comments:

  1. My Sandra yet another beautiful cat I have never heard of.
    Excellent read and awesome picture.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Just beautiful.
    And congratulations on your latest release. I hope it goes gang-busters.

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  3. Beautiful kitty. I'm afraid I am prone to over eating to....Congrats on yet another book! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Val. And as far as the over eating....aren't we all:)

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  4. you mean they don't have a tail?

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  5. They sound an interesting cat. Have only seem photos of them on the internet..

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  6. Congratulations on the release, Sandra! Will give you a shout out next week.
    So, we can blame bobtails for Hello Kitty?

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Appreciate it.
      Ha! I would use the word thank instead of blame:)

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  7. I've never heard of a Japanese Bobtail - lovely looking cat!

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  8. This make sense. I've often seen in Asian gift shops a waving kitty.

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  9. Hi, Sandra!

    A chirping bobtail cat? A dolphin girl trapped in the Bermuda Triangle (accidentally... on porpoise)? I'm still sipping my first cup of coffee and already this day is getting curiouser and curiouser. :)

    Happy Tuesday, dear friend Sandra!

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  10. Congrats on the book.

    I had a bobtail. She was a mixed breed, part tabby, part bobtail. What was so cute was when she'd get upset - her bobtail would poof and it looked like she had a pom-pom stuck to her butt.

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  11. Congratulations on the book -- and what a lovely cat!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanie.
      It is a lovely cat:)

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  12. Love the kitty and what an imagination.

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  13. Congrats on the release. You don't see many of them around here.

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  14. Congrats on your new release. You must be excited! This kitty sounds like a perfect kitty except it likes to eat but that can be watched. I don't see many around here but a good cat to have for the average joe.

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  15. Congrats on your new book! You must be over the moon. It's such a nice time to savor. I enjoyed your description on this very interesting kitty. Thanks!

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  16. best fishes two ewe Sandra on yur new book, we hope it sellz 90 bazillion coppeez !!!! N honest ta cod, az long az we haz known bout Hello Kitty, we never knew her waz modeled after de bobtail !! awesum ♥♥♥

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  17. I don't know anyone personally who has one.

    I know cats by two categories

    Ones that like me

    ones that don't

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    1. Ha. You are too funny. That's me and dogs:)

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  18. That's an interesting origin story for the bobtail. And now I know where Hello Kitty came from :)

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    1. Yes. That's a good piece of trivia isn't it?:)

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  19. It's amazing that this cat is so well known in Japan, yet I have never heard of it. I'm so glad you are sharing these different cats, because it opens a whole new world of information to me.

    Congratulations on the release of your latest book. I think it will sell well, too.

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  20. I love the unique markings of this breed, and I'm particularly interested in cat breeds with small or no tails.

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  21. Awww, so cute! And, they have such a little tail!
    Congrats on your latest release!

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