By Lili Soeprapto (Netherlands) (28th Oct 2015)
Hello Michael. Here a little little story from the Netherlands. My man and myself always had cats. Our beloved ‘guys’ died last year from old age and we were heartbroken. After a while I gave my husband a kitten (Suki) for his birthday and he was over the moon with her.
Suki is a very sweet girl and after a couple of months we decided to get her a little brother to play with. And Bima came into our lives. And Bima is a ringtail.
We never heard of a breed with curly tails nor did we ever see a cat like that. I do not know if his parents are from California so for all I know Bima is a Dutch ringtail.
He is 6 months old now and very sweet and talkative and always within reach. He likes to play with Suki and they love each other but Bima loves to play with us. He is strong and athletic and he loves to play with water. A very special boy! 🙂
The American Ringtail cat is a rare cat breed that some of us have heard about. It is an American creation and not yet established. However, there is no reason why this genetic anomaly cannot surface in the Netherlands. Therefore I have called this post “Dutch Ringtail Cat” which is exactly what Bima is unless for some reason he was shipped from America where he was bred. This is highly unlikely. It is much more likely that the genetic mutation took place in the Netherlands and so here we have an excellent example of this cat. Thanks Lili for sharing.
As you know Bima is a classic (blotched) tabby cat. His ringtail is very pronounced as as good as the American, bred version.
P.S. Americans come forward occassionally and show off their ringtail cat. These are often not registered ringtails. They are random bred cats carrying the genes which make the tail curl over. You can see their cats on this page (comments section).