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Pixie-Bob Cat

The Pixie-Bob breed arose in the mid 1980’s after a woman in Washington USA, Carol Ann Brewer adopted a large cat with a bobbed tail that was allegedly part Bobcat. This cat, called mated with a local cat and one of the female kittens, named “Pixie” started the Pixie-Bob breed. 

Carol Brewer went on to continue adding cats who were thought to be crossed with bobcats to her breeding cats and worked with other breeders doing the same. 

Pixie-Bobs are a medium to large cat, and generally weigh around 5 to 7 kgs. They have a distinct brown spotted coat with grey, tawny or red tones with black skin, very hairy ears and white chins. Their tail may be completely absent or a few inches long. 

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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

United States, 190’s  

Size

Medium - Large, 5 to 7 kgs

Weight Range

5 to 7 kgs

Colours

Brown spotted tabby

Life expectancy

14 to 20 years

Coat

Short and long coated varieties, sheds 

Temperament 

Bold, social, playful, intelligent

Activity levels

High

Best suited for

Cat loving households with time to keep them company 

Apartment friendly

Yes 

Personality

Active, playful, and intelligent, Pixie-Bobs are said to be very friendly cats who love spending time with their families. They are active into adulthood, so it is important to provide them with plenty of cat trees to climb and jump from as well as lots of toys. They are generally quite sociable with other pets, especially if they have been with them from a young age. As they do tend to enjoy company, they may become lonely if left alone for long periods of time, so could be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or there are other pets for them to play with. They can adjust to apartment life if they are given plenty to keep them entertained and active. 

Keep your Pixie-Bob cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure to help keep them safe from roads, other cats and snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat.

Grooming

The Pixie-Bob coat is thick and comes in both long and short varieties that shed. The shorter coat is a lower maintenance option, but both benefit from gentle grooming with a suitable mitt or brush. Many Pixie-Bobs have extra toes (known as polydactylism). Regular trimming of the extra toenails may be required so they do not become overgrown.

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Pixie-Bob, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Pixie-Bob cats can sometimes have urinary tract issues and stomach upsets. Consider a food for sensitive tummies or a diet formulated for optimal urinary health. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Pixie-Bob cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common health concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Pixie-Bob to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data across the 2020 calendar year included traumatic accidents, feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), tummy upsets, cancer, and respiratory problems like feline asthma. 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Accidental trauma 

$479

$5,942

2

Urinary tract diseases, including Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and kidney disease

$343

$2,040

3

Cancers, including lymphoma, and squamous cell carcinoma

$673

$8,771

4

Gastrointestinal problems, including gastritis and gastroenteritis

$303

$1,948

5

Respiratory tract Conditions, including feline asthma, and rhinitis 

$198

$1,733

*Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Pixie-Bob names

The most popular names for Pixie-Bob’s according to PetSure data from 2018 to 2020 were:

Most popular names

  1. Molly
  2. Cleo
  3. Daisy
  4. Dora
  5. Oscar
  6. Simba
  7. Angus
  8. Ash
  9. Bambi
  10. Bonnie

Most popular female names  

  1. Molly
  2. Cleo
  3. Daisy
  4. Dora 
  5. Ash
  6. Bambi
  7. Bindi
  8. Bonnie
  9. Boo
  10. Coco

Most popular male names 

  1. Oscar
  2. Simba
  3. Angus
  4. Boof
  5. Buddy
  6. Buzz
  7. Charlie
  8. Diego
  9. Felix
  10. Finn

Did you know?

Pixie-Bob’s usually don’t “meow” very much, but they do make a variety of other sounds like chirrups, chatters and growls. 

Where can I get a Pixie-Bob Cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may also be possible to find a Pixie-Bob cat through a breed specific rescue. 

References

  1. Wikipedia, Pixie-Bob, Accessed on 23/10/2020
  2. Cattime.com, Pixie-Bob, Accessed on 23/10/2020
  3. American Cat Fanciers Association Pixie Bob Breed Synopsis, Accessed on 23/10/2020

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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