Pixie-Bob Cats are said to have originated when a bobcat mated with a barn cat in Washington State in the 1980s.
Known for their bobbed tails, rugged look and mild temperament, these medium to large cats are brown with a dotted tabby pattern. Some of these cats have extra toes, a condition is known as polydactyly (which causes no problems for the animal).
Pixie-Bobs are highly social quite vocal. They get along well with children, dogs, and other cats, but are also fine spending time alone.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Pixie-Bob Cat?
Because of their mixed origins, Pixie-Bobs are less prone to hereditary diseases than other purebred cats. However, there are some health conditions, which Pixie-Bobs may develop, including:
- Cryptorchidism: in some male cats, the testicles fail to develop descend properly. The condition can be asymptomatic or may cause pain for the cat and contribute to unwanted behaviors like spraying. The problem is relieved when the cat is neutered, although the procedure may be more complicated than it would normally be.
- Feline cardiomyopathy: all cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a vet examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
So though the Pixie-Bob is relatively healthy cats, they are bound to face health issues as they age; and a condition like a cardiomyopathy may call for additional care, including expensive medicines. One way to be sure that you will be there for your Pixie-Bob no matter what is to purchase insurance from a reputable broker.