Why the Pixie Bob has Extra Toes and Other Fun Facts about this Breed

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A cat is just a cat, right? I mean, with the exception of Mr. Bigglesworth and those really adorable kittens Taylor Swift owns and shows off at any given moment in time, all cats look pretty much the same, right? Wrong. Cats are so vastly different. They come in many breeds, shapes and sizes. Just like people and dogs; cats are all different. The only difference is that most people don’t realize this about cats, so when they see one that is just a little bit different from the ‘standard’ housecat, they think it’s a very special cat (and all cats are very special animals to those who love them). The Pixiebob is one of those cats that looks a bit different from other cats. For one, it’s really big. Secondly, it’s also lacking a tail. Many people mistake it for a Manx, which is also a tailless cat, but they’re not the same at all.

The Pixie Bob, while not as well-known as other breeds, is a really cool cat (see what we did there?). This is a cat that has some pretty unique features, some interesting facts associated with its life, and a really fun personality. When someone tells us they’re interested in an exotic cat that’s different from the everyday cat you see in most homes, we recommend the Pixiebob, because he’s a cool animal with so much to offer people who love animals. Not convinced, yet, that a Pixiebob is for you? Read on to find out all the cool reasons you want this cat in your home; and you do want this cat in your home.

He Has Extra Toes

You’ve heard about it, you might have even seen it. Some cats have extra toes. Most people have no idea why, and they don’t care. They think that their cat is some sort of special mutation that has a little extra toe, and it’s often their favorite party trick. However, these cats are very prone to extra toes, and it’s not because they are weird or born wrong or inbred (as seems to be the common opinion anytime a cat has something even remotely different about it).

These cats have polydactylism. It’s a congenital deal; an abnormality that’s not necessarily a big deal since it has pretty much zero affect on the health of your cat. It’s a common genetic mutation that could happen to just about any cat, but it’s very common in this breed since it can be passed down (did you know it’s also a common birth defect in many children?). All that it means when a cat is polydactyl is that it has more than the standard number of toes on one of its feet. It’s not sick, special, or even different in any other way. It just has extra toes.  But it is cool since you don’t see many like this in most homes, so your cat will stand out as the most interesting according to everyone you know. That’s always fun.

He’s Like a Dog

Cats and dogs don’t have the best reputation when it comes to getting along, but that doesn’t mean anything. Many cats and dogs get along just fine, some are even best friends. In the case of the Pixiebob, he may or may not care for dogs depending on his personality, but he’s kind of like a dog in many ways. This cat is a bit larger than many others, and he’s also a lot like a dog in the fact that you might see this cat walking on a leash or fetching. Yes, it’s true.

There’s no real reason behind the fact that this cat likes to do these things, and not all of them do. However, if you’re looking for a cat that’s so much like a dog, you might want to consider this one since you can teach this cat some pretty fun things that are unique to dogs. Leash walking (people in your neighborhood will love that) and fetching aside, these cats are also very playful and loving, so you’ll get plenty of affection and attention from them as well.

Where’s the Tail?

We don’t actually know. The history of the Pixiebob is not really all that clear. What we do know about this breed is that it was 1985 when a woman received what is thought to be the first of the line of Pixiebob’s, and she worked hard to create the breed so that she could have more. The male cat she was given had no tail, a very distinct coat and extra toes. The history of this cat is widely unknown, but it is believed that at some point in time, a domestic shorthair and a bobcat mated and created this line. The resemblance to the two, the size and the many different features of this cat speak to that being true, but it’s not been confirmed.

They’re Not Clumsy

There is a thought that cats without tails are very clumsy. It is true that many cats without tails who lose their tales as a result of injury have lived lives filled with clumsiness, but it’s just not true of this breed. The Manx is another cat breed that doesn’t have a tail, and that cat is tailless because of a genetic inheritance that comes from its parents. With the Manx, kittens born to two tailless cats are often spontaneously aborted and die before birth because of the combination of two of the same gene. Much like the Pixiebob, however, the Manx is not a clumsy cat despite the fact that the tail is used as a type of balancing tool.

Pixiebobs are Prone to Obesity

One of the most interesting facts about this particular breed is the fact that it’s prone to obesity. You have to be very careful about how you take care of cat like this, how much you feed it and what you do to it because it’s likely that the cat will become obese if you’re not careful. It is the single biggest health factor to consider when looking into ownership of this particular breed.

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