From the Ancients to America

The Japanese Bobtail?s history and unique look win over hearts.

By Elisa Jordan

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There’s a reason babies are so cute. Their adorable little faces melt your heart when they have an “oopsie” moment — like when a couple of Japanese Bobtail kittens entered Nikki Siebert’s bathroom and turned the toilet paper into a toy. 

“I have a cute picture of my bathroom with two Bobtail kittens perched on the counter, and they seem really innocent, and the whole carpet from the door to the other side of the bathroom is covered in shredded toilet paper,” the Illinois breeder chuckles. “They just looked so innocent, like, ‘What? We didn’t do anything!’”

That’s not atypical. Japanese Bobtails are happy, active cats that involve themselves in all aspects of the home. It’s not just their bodies that are busy, but their minds as well. If left with nothing to do, they’ll find an activity themselves. 

California breeder Jennifer Reding notes that her cats open cabinets and pop open cupboards, but is quick to point out that just because they’re active doesn’t mean they’re high-strung. 

“They’re very playful,” she says. “They tend to be really great cats. They get along with dogs and children. They get along with other cats. They go with the flow.” 

**Get the August 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Arlene    Colonial Beach, VA

9/1/2010 12:17:41 PM

I loved the article about the Japanese Bobtail. However I was especially interested it the inset article on the Maneki Neko. I am a collector of The Maneki Neko and wanted to share this with my friends either via email or Facebook. However, online I am only able to obtain just a part of the Japanese Bobtail article and The Maneki Neko is no where to be found. Please help. I want to share all of this.

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