Monday, September 16, 2013

This is what Bob thinks about Mondays.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bob enjoying the cat glad we built this for the cats(4) and the dogs(2) love it too! We have about 4,000 square feet, enclosed with special fencing they can't climb, for them to play outside safely and they are in heaven!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Pixie Bob's Face

Bob watching the staff wash dishes from his cat climber.

A Pixie bob eyes should be medium-sized, soft triangle. The heavy hooded bushy brow is one side of the triangle; the almost straight line downward on the inside corner of the eye (closest to the nose break), is the second side of the triangle and the bottom line of the eye, which slants upward toward the ear, is the third side of the triangle. Deep set, one eye-width apart, it is common for the Pixie bob to appear to be half asleep, gazing through partially closed eyes. Appearance of heavy fur above eye (brow).

Sunday, January 15, 2012

How big will a pixie bob grow?

The Pixie Bob is a medium to large cat in size, of substantial, tall and rangy type, but with great depth to the body. Males can weigh 11-22 pounds, with females much smaller. The shoulders and hip bones are very prominent producing a rolling gait.  A straight, flexible, bobcat length tail is preferred, but tail lengths from two inches to hock length are acceptable. The only accepted color and pattern is Brown Spotted Tabby.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Why does Bob have so many toes?

A straight foot Pixie-Bob has the normal number of toes usually allotted to a cat, 5 in the front, 4 in the back. A poly or polydactyl Pixie-Bob has more than the usual allotted number.  There is a polydactyl gene that runs like a fine thread all throughout the breed beginning with the original cats. This is an allowable trait in the Pixie-Bob for show, however, no extra points are given for it.

Nicknames for polydactyl cats include "boxing cats", "mitten cats", "mitten-foot cats", "snowshoe cats", "thumb cats", "six-fingered cats", "Cardi-cats", "Hemingway cats", and "double-pawed cats."

Associations: The Pixie-Bob is accepted by TICA. It is accepted for Experimental status in ACFA.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pixie-Bob and Vaccines

Vaccines should be given under the advice of your veterinarian and tailored to your local area and situation.

Most breeders prefer killed virus type vaccines.

Note: It is essential that the Leukaemia vaccine NOT be given & the Rabies vaccine should be avoided if possible. Both have been known to kill Pixie-bob cats, causing immune system shock. With Rabies there is a slower decline, usually 3 weeks to 3 months, but with Leukemia several have even died on the Vets table.

Keep the litter box very clean or they will find someplace else.

Bob Art

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What are Pixie-Bobs temperment like?

Bob the Pixie-bob is highly intelligent, social with the family, active (but not hyper-active), bold, and enjoy playing with other animals.  Bob clearly has his own drummer and he doesn't follow the other 3 cats. Bob has shown us his "chirps", chatters, and growls; he don't meow often, and when he does its very quiet and doesn't match his size.
Most Pixie-bobs are highly sociable around both their owners and strangers, but Bob seems to be going through a fear stage right now (6 months). Almost all Pixie-bobs like to be in the same room as their owners, and will follow their owners around the house.
Other personality characteristics include the following:
  • Head butting
  • Ball fetching and playing
    • Tennis Balls in Bob's World
  • Leash walking (for the most part)
    • He is currently noise sensitive right now - but we are hoping he may out grow it
  • Highly intelligent
  • Capable of understanding some human words and phrases
    • Comes on command at 4 months

    What is a pixie-bob cat breed history about?

    The Pixie-bob is a breed of domestic cat, it is NOT a hybrid. The breed was claimed by breed founder Carol Ann Brewer of Washington state to be the progeny of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids; while some DNA-tested Pixie-bobs have showed wild markers, few if any contributed to breeding programs. Pixie-bobs are considered wholly domestic for the purposes of ownership, cat fancy registration, import and export.

    It was in 1985, within the shadow of the Cascade Mountains, near the shores of Puget Sound, that a small Coastal Red Bobcat was seen fighting with a short-tailed polydactlyl barn cat.  The owners ran to save their cat from possible harm, and later reaped a harvest of kittens born through suspicious circumstances.  A male polydactyl kitten was purchased by Carol Ann Brewer, who was immediately intrigued with the kitten's appearance and behavior.  She knew that she possessed a kitten with the blood of another world and so began a search for information to help her understand if such an unusual cat would have any special needs.  What Carol Ann discovered was that there was, indeed, documentation by others who also believed that they had a cat with wild heritage.  According to what she read, it seemed that what had occurred there, in the Pacific Northwest, was not that unusual.

    So it was that "the breed" essentially began through what was believed to be a naturally occurring mating between a bobcat and a domestic.  But she called her first cat a "Legend Cat", since there was no real proof.

    For more information on their history check out these sites:

    Best Cat Toy Approved by Bob - Da Bird Fun Pack with Wand

    The Da Bird Cat Teaser cat toy is a high quality, interactive toy, aerodynamically designed to mimic the motion of a real bird in flight approved and is approved by all members in our house hold.  It really sounds like a bird flying and we literally have to lock it up to ensure it makes it thru the night.

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    Echo hangs with the boys....

    It's long over due, but Echo (8 year old stripped cat on the right) finally is hanging out with Jack and Bob!