My Japanese Bobtail Story!

by Daniel Hudson
(North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)

That would be Jackson!!

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That would be Jackson!!

My wife and I went to the local animal shelter because my wife wanted to get a kitten. There was only one kitten there that was eligible to be adopted, a white with black patches kitten that had almost no tail (about 4 inches long).

We took him home and we were immediately amazed at the energy this kitten had. Of course all kittens are pretty energetic and playful, but he was without a doubt the craziest, most playful kitty I had ever seen by far! My wife named him Jackson (after Civil War General "Stonewall Jackson").

He is also probably the most affectionate kitty that I have ever seen. On a scale of 1-10 in the categories of "Playfulness", "Affectionate", and "Energy" Jackson would score 10's across the board. Then one evening my wife and I were watching a show on the Animal Planet called "Cats 101" and they began a segment on a breed of cat called a "Japanese Bobtail".

My wife and I looked at each other and both said "that's Jackson". We had no idea that he was a particular breed of cat, especially not one with such a long and interesting history. Anyway, he is truly a wonderful cat (he is now almost exactly 1 year old) with tons of personality, and almost everyone that meets him wants to take him home with them.

Oh yesh, I also have three small dogs, two chihuahua's and a toy poodle and he gets along great with all of them. I am an active member of The Humane Society of Wilkes (Wilkes County, North Carolina) and I foster dogs too, and Jackson always seems to make fast friends with the dogs that I foster. So, that's my story!

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Apr 30, 2011 Japanese Bobtail!
by: Anonymous

Jackson looks like a very beautiful cat, and you are lucky to have him!

Apr 28, 2011 Daniel in North Carolina
by: Anonymous

Yes, he is a pretty good size cat and basically fearless. My wife, who passed away in Dec 2010, did NOT want him to be an outdoor cat, but living out in the country it is extremely hard to keep a young cat indoors all the time, so it was inevitable that he would start going outside, and spending more and more time outdoors. He is without a doubt the kookiest kitty that I've ever had and gets along great with all 5 of my dogs, and accompanies us on walks too.

Apr 28, 2011 Handsome
by: Leah (England)

He's a very handsome cat! I've never seen a Japanese bobtail.

Is he very big? Just that he looks quite substantial.

I think its great that he makes friends with the dogs.

Feb 09, 2011 bobtail buddy
by: Anna

Hello, Daniel:

Thank you for sharing your story. I know how it feels to find out any information about your beloved adopted animal, especially as important as its breed.
It gives you an ultimate insight into the character and needs of your kitty, makes your experience even more exiting!
Me and my Daughter were also very happy to learn that our huge furry and chirping expressively Lyova had something to do with Maine Coons. Not from the Animal Planet,though, but from the
Good luck to you and your bobtail buddy!

Feb 08, 2011 First
by: Michael

This is a first for PoC. You are the first visitor to write about a Japanese Bobtail. And the first to adopt a Japanese Bobtail from a shelter. That is extraordinary as Jackson is definitely a Japanese Bobtail in my opinion. It is written all over him!

He sounds a great character. Thanks for sharing. This is a pretty rare cat and in a shelter exceptionally rare.

Maybe someone will correct me but I don't think so.

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