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Pets (Singapore) - - Contents - BY CHRISTIANN PRIYANKA

Pixie Bob

The Pixie Bob may look like a reg­u­lar Bob­cat, but this tail­less fe­line has got ex­tra toes and a big heart.

the Pixie Bob’s ori­gins be­gin in the north­west­ern re­gions of the United States. While closely re­sem­bling the wild Coastal

Red Bob­cat that was na­tive to the coastal moun­tains of the area, they are not the same. In 1986, Carol Ann Brewer res­cued a feral male cat who mated with her neigh­bour’s brown spot­ted fe­male. One of the kit­tens in the lit­ter had a muted spot­ting on a red­dish-fawn coat and had a wild look to it. Re­al­is­ing that this kit­ten had a unique ap­pear­ance, Carol named the cat Pixie and be­gan to breed cats to look like her.

The Pixie Bob has a stocky, mus­cu­lar build with large bone struc­ture and legs.

Its back legs are longer than its front ones, which have large paws with long toes.

Hence, when it walks, this breed ap­pears to have a rolling gait, which is seen in wild­cats. Pixie Bobs also have ex­tra toes, mak­ing their paws unique. Th­ese cats can have up to seven toes on one paw that they use like fin­gers. Per­haps the most ob­vi­ous fea­ture of the Pixie Bob is its lack of a tail. De­spite its ap­pear­ance, this breed do not pos­sess any wild­cat DNA.

Pixie Bobs are great for fam­i­lies with chil­dren as they are very lov­ing and de­voted to their fam­i­lies. They are re­spon­sive to vo­cal com­mands and will ex­press them­selves through a range of vo­cal­i­sa­tions that in­clude chirps and chat­ters. They rarely meow. If you’ve got other pets at home, the Pixie Bob would most likely get along well with them be­cause of how friendly and

mel­low it is. The breed is also highly adapt­able and ex­cel­lent for apart­ment liv­ing.

Of­ten de­scribed as very “dog-like”, Pixie Bobs make fab­u­lous ad­ven­ture bud­dies. This fe­line can be walked on a leash, en­joys car rides and even plays in wa­ter. Though ad­ven­tur­ous, this isn’t a cat that’s hy­per­ac­tive. The Pixie

Bob is ac­tu­ally quite a laid­back cat that en­joys par­tic­i­pat­ing in fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. Since th­ese cats are very so­cia­ble and friendly, they are not ideal to be left alone. How­ever, this does make them ex­cel­lent cats to be around fam­ily and chil­dren and would do very well if they have peo­ple to in­ter­act with. They are very loyal and will even come to greet you at the door.

While they do not need con­stant at­ten­tion, Pixie Bobs do need to have ac­tiv­i­ties to oc­cupy their time. As th­ese cats are in­tel­li­gent, pro­vide them with stim­u­lat­ing toys. Pixie Bobs are gen­er­ally healthy cats. The breed is avail­able in both long- and short-haired coats. Its thick dou­ble coat needs to be brushed weekly to re­duce shed­ding and pre­vent mat­ting. Its claws need weekly trim­ming as well.

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