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:

nashvillecats2 said...

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

Elephant's Child said...

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

Valerie-Jael said...

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

DEZMOND said...

you mean they don't have a tail?

Margaret D said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Susan A Eames said...

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

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CJ Kennedy said...

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

Shady Del Knight said...

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!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

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.

Jeanie said...

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

donna baker said...

Love the kitty and what an imagination.

Pat Hatt said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Yvonne;)

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, EC:)

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

They have a stub.

Birgit said...

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.

Stephanie Bird said...

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!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

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 ♥♥♥

Adam said...

I don't know anyone personally who has one.

I know cats by two categories

Ones that like me

ones that don't

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

They sure do, M-w.

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

They sure are, Susan.

Sandra Cox said...

Hi, CJ:)
Yeah, I've seen them too.

Sandra Cox said...

A good cat indeed, Birgit:)

Sandra Cox said...

Accidentally on porpoise. Ha!

Sandra Cox said...

Too funny!

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Jeanie.
It is a lovely cat:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Stephanie:)

shortybear said...

very nice

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Tabbies;)

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Shortybear:)

Elizabeth said...

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

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

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.

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Elizabeth:)

Carrie-Anne said...

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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Magic Love Crow said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

They are unique kitties.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Magic:)