japanese bobtail breed information

common health issues

Hyperthyroidism is a condition of increased thyroid hormone caused by a benign thyroid tumor. It is the most common hormone imbalance seen in cats, and its hallmark clinical sign is weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite. The disease can be controlled with medication or cured with radiotherapy.

Glaucoma is characterized by an elevation of pressure inside the eye. High pressure in the eye causes extreme discomfort and may lead to an enlarged, bulging eye and result in blindness. Treatment for glaucoma consists of life-long medical therapy, and often requires surgical removal of the affected eye. Long term prognosis for vision in the affected eye is poor.

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.

This rare immune-mediated disease occurs in newborn kittens. When kittens with Type A blood nurse from a mother with type B blood, antibodies from the mother attach to the kitten's red blood cells and cause them to be destroyed, leading to anemia (low red blood cells). Affected kittens are born healthy, but fail to thrive.

The cells of the body need sugar to function and need insulin to carry sugar in through their walls. Diabetic animals do not have enough insulin to transport sugar into the cells, resulting in high blood sugar and starving cells. Treatment entails the lifelong administration of insulin shots, and usually requires frequent trips to the vet for rechecks.

As its name implies, polycystic kidney disease is a disease in which cysts form in the kidney. This causes them to be enlarged, and disrupts their normal function. Polycystic kidney disease generally leads to kidney failure. There is no specific treatment � supportive treatment for kidney failure improves quality of life.

Although her ancestors were domestic cats that came from China or Korea around 1,000 years ago, the Japanese Bobtail did originate in Japan. A visiting German doctor, Englebert Kaempfer, published the first book written by a Westerner about Japan in 1701, and it in he notes the Bobtail’s presence as a cat who “has no mind to hunt for rats and mice but just wants to be carried and stroked by women”. The first three Japanese Bobtails were imported to the United States in 1968 by Elizabeth Freret, but they remain rare in North America today.

The Bobtail’s short coat is usually white with patches of orange, black or red, but any color except the Siamese pattern or Abyssinian-type agouti can be seen. The “bobtail” that the breed is named for is unique not only to the breed, but to each individual cat. Each tail varies in length and can include long tufts of fur.

An active and intelligent cat, the Japanese Bobtail is also quite talkative! She loves to be with her family, especially children, and will often “talk” back to her owners in a wide range of tones. She can also learn to perform tricks a bit easier than most breeds, and is more likely to enjoy learning to walk on a leash and playing fetch.

Ancient heritage aside, the Japanese Bobtail is nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bobtails are prone to include immune-mediated diseases such as neonatal isoerythrolysis; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as glaucoma; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism; and kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Japanese Bobtail inherits anything more than a taste for talking, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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