Aldrich Animal Hospital

American Bobtail

Basic American Bobtail Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 11 - 20 pounds

American Bobtail Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

American Bobtail History

  • This American-born breed was created in the late 1960s, but the specifics remain unclear.
  • One popular theory centers around an Iowa couple named John and Brenda Sanders on a vacation in Arizona in the late 1960s. There, they found and kept a bobtailed cat named Yodi wandering on an Indian reservation. This cat was mated with a long-tailed female named Mishi. Yodi and Mishi produced several litters with bobbed tails.
  • The CFA first approved the American Bobtail for registration in 2000 and for provisional status in 2005.

American Bobtail Behavior Concerns

  • Capable of being able to leap six feet in the air due to its strong hind legs.
  • Welcomes the companionship of all, including children, cats and dogs. Loves to love and be loved.
  • Masters walking on a leash easily and enjoys taking a neighborhood stroll with you as well as fetching tossed paper wads.
  • Guilty of being a true cat burglar, so keep jewelry and other shiny objects out of paws reach.
  • Highly touted for being an ideal therapy cat to visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools to spread cheer.
  • Craves interaction and often beats you to the door to greet guests or may even go to the phone when it rings.
  • Not very chatty. Tends to converse by chirping and trilling rather than meowing loudly.

Look of American Bobtails

  • Blessed with wildcat looks and a charming personality, this large breed comes in all coat patterns and ranges from medium to large, athletic builds
  • American Bobtails bear bobbed tails that range from one to four inches in length.
  • The wedge-shaped face features giant, almond-shaped eyes in a variety of colors plus a strong chin.
  • The coats can be medium or long in length but always dense and the chest is broad.
  • This breed takes up to three years to fully reach physical maturity.

Grooming American Bobtail Cats

  • Weekly brushing is advised to keep the longhaired versions free of matted fur. The medium-haired varieties benefit by twice-a-month brushings.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for American Bobtails

Please consult with your veterinarian about the type of diet and amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have a greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabloism, activity and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source of information on this topic.

Fun Facts of American Bobtails

  • The American Bobtail is touted for wagging its tail like a dog when happy.
  • Great cat choice for cross-country truck drivers and recreational vehicle travelers looking for a willing co-pilot to join them on their treks.
  • Nicknamed the "Golden Retriever of the Cat World."

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Aldrich Animal Hospital is open Monday-Wednesday 8AM-8PM; Thursday-Friday 8AM-6PM and on Saturday 8AM-4PM (we are closed on Sunday). If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 631-669-3161. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

      Aldrich Animal Hospital
      537 Sunrise Highway
      West Babylon, NY 11704

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following 24/7/365 veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island
75 Sunrise Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
Open 24/7/365

Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury NY 11590 
Open 24/7/365