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Japanese bobtail cat: he is not really Japanese by origin but he is there, in that country, which is very much appreciated and famous. The Japanese bobtail cat it is practically "national cat" and is, there as elsewhere, known above all for its extremely short tail. It is also called the cat with a pom-pom tail, or a chrysanthemum, the official flower of Japan and a symbol of the imperial house.
The Japanese bobtail cat he is not big as an animal, he does not exceed 5 kg of weight, and ah an athletic and slender physique, in fact he is an excellent jumper. Its legs are long and thin and the hind limbs are slightly higher than the front ones, but the Japanese bobtail cat as a whole it is very well proportioned.
As already mentioned, the characteristic of the characteristics of the Japanese bobtail cat is the tail. It is very short, rigid and just 8-10 cm long, born from a deliberate work of mutation that took place a long time ago. The appendix of the tail in the Japanese bobtail cat however, be careful, it is not absent, the tail is there, "chrysanthemum" but it is there.
Familiarly called Bob, he has a head that can be said to be almost triangular this oneJapanese bobtail catand he can have eyes of any color, even odd ones, but always well spaced and rather large as well as the ears. As for colors, there are "established" ones but there is a wide choice, due to the coat that is silky and thin to the touch, with no undercoat. To keep it that way, it is better to brush it once a week.
The colors allowed are almost all, except those typical of the Siamese, but for the Japanese bobtail cat, at home, the most popular are red, black and white, together! Yes, it's the Japanese bobtail cat model called “Mi-ke” which means three furs. It is with this coloring that the Japanese bobtail cat, considered a good luck charm, is depicted, and with a raised paw. Anyone who finds one in front of the door on the first day of the year will have a lucky year. An inviting doormat can help.
In addition to bringing luck, for those who believe in it, the Japanese bobtail cat, our Bob, has a character active and affectionate, he is outgoing, playful and sociable towards strangers and family members. With other cats he sometimes tends to quarrel, that yes, but he becomes fond of humans easily, so much so that he pleases them by learning some games and learning his name easily, dog style, and even more dog style, he lets himself be led on a leash.
The Japanese bobtail cat he has elegant and refined ways of doing things, but being very intelligent, he easily adapts to home or outdoor life. It makes itself heard, wherever you put it, with its typical meow defined as "melodious": questionable judgment, but you will recognize it anyway!
He is not at all shy, in fact, and he is curious: beware that at home with a Japanese bobtail cat so many secrets cannot be kept. If he is wandering around, also pay attention to the fish stocks, he is very greedy and should be served in a bowl at least once a week. Then, the Japanese bobtail cat he can follow a diet based on packaged foods, but he must be constantly fed with new intellectual stimuli, woe to abandon him to lull himself into a boring daily routine.
In this, I feel very much a Japanese bobtail cat, as in curiosity. Who knows if this also happens to sailors. What is certain is that in Japan, seafarers keep one or two specimens of this particular cat even on board ships to ward off the danger of storms at sea with their magical presence.
Not to be confused with other Asian cats with truncated tails, such as the Manx, the Japanese bobtail cat has a legendary history behind it. This too contributes to its strong magnetism, and to the aura of mystery that already begins with the fact that, even if it is said Japanese bobtail cat, this animal was introduced more than a thousand years ago in Japan via China and Korea, by Buddhist monks.
Charles Darwin was the first to see hers characteristic tail and note how common it was in those areas, and in the archipelago of Malaysia, Siam and Burma. Not at all in Europe. Over the centuries, then, the race of Japanese bobtail cat, it is understood that she found herself well in Japan and stabilized there becoming "Kazoku Neko", that is the Japanese common cat.
He began to breed it in Japan Judy Crawford, wife of a soldier stationed in that country, then in 1968 it was always she who sent someone Japanese bobtail cat in the United States and in 1976 the breed was recognized and admitted to the Championship of the Cat Fanciers' Association. It arrived in Europe in the 1980s, thanks to a certain Rolf Voehringer, a Swiss breeder and judge, and finally the International Feline Federation recognizes the Japanese bobtail cat. It remains rare but at least officially cat, we are in 1988.
In Europe, I don't know, but in Japan they are still sought after and well respected lucky charms, and it would be good if they were all over the world. There, it's a question that has to do with the tail and the devil. Ancient Japanese legends describe a Okabe's demon cat who possessed a forked tail: who better can fight him than a Japanese bobtail cat with a short tail and a pom pom!
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