Are you thinking of adding an American Bobtail cat to your family? If so, you’ll want to know how much they cost. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the average price of American Bobtails, as well as some factors that can affect the cost.
Average cost of American Bobtail cats:
Generally, American Bobtail cats cost between $500 to $1,500. On average an American Bobtail will cost about $800, according to the Cat Fanciers Association, which is a national breed club devoted to breeding and promoting the American Bobtail cat breed.
American Bobtails are a relatively new breed, which means that they’re not nearly as common as breeds like the Persian or Siamese. Their rarity can drive up their price.
Many American Bobtail kittens will have a deposit on them before the litter is even born. That’s because many people want to be the first to get one from a specific litter.
Factors That Can Affect the Cost of American Bobtail Cats
Some factors that can affect the price of an American Bobtail cat include:
- Whether they are purebred or domestic.
- Their bloodline.
- How old they are.
- Their gender (since males are more expensive than females).
You can get a rough estimate of how much your kitten will cost by checking out our post on how much an average kitten costs.
How to Find a Reputable Breeder?
When it comes to finding an American Bobtail cat, reputable breeders are important. Reputable breeders will abide by a code of ethics and will also do their best to ensure that you’re able to get the right kitten for your lifestyle and home.
Most reputable breeders have a waiting list for kittens. However, many will be very upfront about how much their kittens cost.
Reputable breeders will also be more likely to use contracts. A contract is a legally binding document that outlines the responsibilities of both you and the breeder.
When you go to pick out your kitten, make sure you take a look at all of their available kittens first. This gives you a better idea of the kind of kitten you’ll be getting, as well as prevents any attempts by the breeder to “pass off” their not-so-great kittens onto you.
What to Expect When You Bring Your New Kitten Home?
Once you do bring your new kitten home, make sure they have a safe and comfortable place to stay. Keep them in a small area at first so that you can monitor their eating and bathroom habits.
You should also set up your new kitten with food, water bowls, toys, scratching posts, and litter boxes right away. This will help them adjust to their new environment.
You should also start socializing with people and other animals right away. This will help them get used to being around others.
Socializing kittens is important because it can help prevent behaviors like fear and aggression from developing later on in life. However, you should always socialize kittens with people and other animals responsibly.
Do not force them to interact if they’re not comfortable doing so. If a kitten isn’t ready to socialize, it should be left alone.
When you do start interacting with your kitten, make sure you do so safely and responsibly. For example:
- Do not force them to interact if they’re not comfortable doing so. If a kitten isn’t ready to socialize, it should be left alone.
- Avoid using your hands to pet them. Instead, use a fishing pole-type toy.
- Do not kiss or snuggle with them right away. This will make them think that this is normal behavior, which can result in an unhealthy relationship later on.
- Determine what areas of your body they are allowed to be around and petted first (ex: only on the head).
- Keep track of where you allow your kitten to explore. Make sure they can’t get into places that pose a danger to them, such as rooms with chemicals or appliances that could hurt them if they played with them.
- Do not pick up your kitten by their stomach or back legs. You should always support their body and pick them up gently by their base (where the tail meets the spine).
- Keep track of how your kitten is feeling. If you notice any changes in behavior, contact a vet right away.
- Do not feed your kitten human food or give them table scraps. You should also avoid feeding them raw fish since this can make them sick.
- Make sure that any medications given to them are appropriate for their size. Some medicines can be dangerous for kittens, so check with your vet before giving them anything.
How to Take Care of an American Bobtail Cat?
American Bobtail Cats can be very well-behaved and affectionate pets. However, they do require a lot of care and attention.
When caring for an American Bobtail cat, you should:
- Provide them with enough food, water, and toys. You should also make sure that their litter boxes are clean at all times.
- Exercise them regularly, but make sure not to overdo them. Bobtails are great hunters and need time to burn off their energy. However, they can also easily injure themselves if you exercise them too much or encourage rough play.
- Brush them daily (or at least every other day) to minimize shedding and keep their coat healthy. You should also have them professionally groomed every 3-4 months.
- Feed them high quality food to ensure that they are getting everything they need nutritionally. American Bobtails are usually very sensitive to poor ingredients, so you should avoid foods with low-cost fillers or byproducts.
- Give them lots of attention and love, especially if they are used to being alone. If you leave them by themselves for long periods of time, they might become lonely and bored.
- Make sure their litter boxes are well-located and easily accessible. American Bobtails (and cats in general) prefer privacy when going to the bathroom.
- Do not let them out of the house unsupervised. Bobtails do not make good hunters and could get into a lot of trouble if they were to get lost or hurt.
- Do not let them outside when it is raining, cold, or snowy. American Bobtails are indoor cats and should remain so. They can easily get sick if they get wet.
An American Bobtail cat is a great pet as long as you know what you’re getting into and take care of them properly. If you like the look of their tail and make sure to feed, train, play with, and groom them regularly, they will be a loving companion for many years.
Although they might not be the best choice for everyone, American Bobtails can make great pets if given the proper care and attention.
If you’re interested in adopting an American Bobtail cat or kitten, contact a rescue group or local shelter to see what they have available. Adopting a pet is a great way to save their life and give them a loving home – while also getting a loyal, loving companion in return.