Energetic, curious and playful, the Japanese Bobtail is said to have been brought to Japan by Buddhist monks some 1500 years ago, when it began to appear in prints and paintings by Japanese artists.
This type of cat breed arrived in the US in the 1960s, where it has proved quite popular.
These highly social cats come in a variety of colors, and each has a unique variation on the tail for which the breed is named.
Japanese Bobtails are medium sized, with short hair and rear legs that are slightly longer than the front.
Should You Get Pet Insurance for your Japanese Bobtail Cat?
These cats are strong and healthy for purebreds, provided that they come from reputable breeders.
Still, they are at risk for a few health problems:
- Feline Diabetes (diabetes mellitus): as in humans, this disease is caused by a deficiency in insulin, a hormone that is crucial for the metabolism of sugars. A cat with diabetes will lose weight, and will drink and urinate excessively. Diagnosis is made based on urinalysis and blood work. The disease can be controlled with a combination of changes in diet and medication, including the administration of insulin orally or by injection.
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD): a number of different problems can result in the chronic condition known as FLUTD, which causes cats to suffer from painful urination and other forms of discomfort. Ultrasounds and biopsies may be required to confirm diagnosis, and treatment can involve anything from medicines to surgery.
- Renal failure: conditions like FLUTD can result in chronic or acute problems with the kidneys. As with FLUTD, drugs and/or surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and to prevent the disease from becoming life threatening.
It is particularly important to be prepared for chronic conditions like diabetes and FLUTD, which may require multiple visits to the vet and medications that need to be administered for a cat’s entire lifetime.
The right pet insurance can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your cat will receive the best care no matter what.