Longhaired bobtails require more grooming – a thorough combing with a steel comb twice or three times a week prevents mats and keeps the fur looking its best. Begin grooming your bobtail young and she will learn to accept and even enjoy the grooming sessions. During the shedding seasons – spring when they shed their heavier winter coats and fall when they shed their lighter summer coats – additional grooming may be necessary.
If oil buildup is a problem, a once a month bath is recommended for both hair lengths.
The American bobtail is accepted in both long and shorthair by the following North American cat associations:
- American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA) (New Breed and Color class)
- Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) (Provisional class)
- The International Cat Association (TICA) (New Breed and Color class)
- United Feline Organization (UFO) (New Breed and Color class)
Since American bobtails are rare, you will likely have to get on a waiting list, even for pet quality kittens. Unless you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of a bobtail breeder, you may either have to take a lengthy trip or buy your kitten sight unseen. If you can’t see the kitten beforehand, screen the seller carefully and insist on a written contract. Ask for photos of the parents and all the kittens in the litter, not just the one you’re offered, and check references. Call the breeder’s registering association to make sure he or she is in good standing.