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Mekong Bobtail Cat History, Character, Health, Breeding & more

The Mekong Bobtail cat is a relatively rare cat breed, formerly known as the Thai Bobtail, which originally comes from Asia, specifically named for Thailand, the country of origin of its progenitors, the breed is now named after the Mekong River. Typical for the Mekong Bobtail is its short stubby tail and the so-called "point" pattern.


The origins of the Mekong Bobtail cats are in Thailand. It is believed that they are descended from the Siamese cats. The breed owes its name to the Mekong River, which also flows through Thailand, among other places. Sometimes the cat breed is also called "Thai tailless" in English-speaking countries.

In Asia, this unusual cat breed is said to be relatively widespread. Also in Russia Mekong Bobtails have a community of lovers and this goes back to an interesting history:

In the 19th century, the King of Siam (now Thailand) is said to have given about 200 kittens to Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Most of them had a stub tail. Even today this breed is bred mainly in Russia.

Other cat breeds with stubby tails are the "Japanese Bobtail", the "Kurilen Bobtail" and the "Pixiebob".

The appearance of Mekong Bobtail cat

If it were not for the short tail, the Mekong Bobtail cat could easily be mistaken for a Siamese. Both breeds are short-haired and have a light-colored body coat with a point pattern.

Mekong Bobtails weigh an average of between 3.6 and 4.5 kilograms, making them medium-sized cats. Their physique is muscular, yet slender and elegant. The legs are of medium length.

Typical Mekong Bobtail: The stubby tail

The characteristic of this rare cat breed is the short, bobbed tail. According to the standard of the cat breeders association "World Cat Federation," the tail must have at least three vertebrae. However, its length must not exceed a quarter of the body length.

Coat with point markings

The coat of the Mekong Bobtail cat is short, shiny, and has a little undercoat. Mekong Bobtails can also be recognized by their striking coat color with the typical point pattern.

What is meant by Point pattern? Point cats have a light body coat. Muzzle, ears, legs, and tail are darker colored.

Responsible for the striking color combination is a hereditary metabolic disorder: The enzyme tyrosinase, which is necessary for melanin production, functions in this case only at colder temperatures. However, melanin is needed to darken the coat.

In point cats, the dark coloration only works in the colder, outer parts of the body, the "points". In the middle, where the body is warmer, the coat remains light (partial albinism). Shortly after birth, these kittens are completely white, because it is so warm in the uterus that no melanin is produced.

Siamese cats, Burmese cats (Holy Burma), Thai cats, Ragdolls, and Balinese also belong to the cat breeds with point pattern.

The large oval eyes of the Mekong Bobtail shine in an intense blue. They also have this in common with other Point cats, such as the Siamese.

Character: Bright and playful

Cats of this breed are described as bright, curious, and playful. However, these intelligent animals need a lot of attention - and sufficient activity. If they are bored, they may meow extensively. Like Siamese, Mekong Bobtails are relatively "talkative".

So be sure to make time for regular play sessions and provide interesting scratching and climbing opportunities for the kitties. You may also be able to get your Mekong Bobtail cats interested in clicker training.
With intelligence toys, you can also keep the agile exotic cats busy for a while on their own.

Care and attitude

These cats are considered relatively easy to care for and do not make particularly high demands on their owners. Because it is a short-haired breed, you will only need to brush out the fur from time to time - especially in spring and fall when the coat change is due.

Of course, even with a Mekong Bobtail cat, they should pay attention to such basic things as high-quality food and suitable litter boxes, so that they feel comfortable with you.

Mekong Bobtail cats can be kept as outdoor cats, but also feel comfortable in the apartment. A networked balcony or a secured garden is ideal.

Sociable family cats

With their friendly, affectionate nature, Mekong Bobtails make excellent family cats. They are said to get along especially well with children.

The house cats with the stubby tail are sociable and should therefore move in with you in pairs if possible. They are also said to get along well with other pets.


Certain hereditary diseases are particularly common in Mekong Bobtail cats. These include eye diseases such as eye tremors or watery eyes. You should therefore check your Mekong Bobtail cat's eyes regularly and consult a veterinarian immediately if any changes occur.

Members of this cat breed are also prone to mammary tumors and other cancers. Diseases of the urinary tract as well as the digestive system are also not uncommon.

Also, the fact that Mekong Bobtail cats have very short and addition bent tails could lead to health problems. Cats need their tail to keep their balance when climbing. In addition, the tail is an important means of communication. Cats that lack tails are impaired in their communication.

Tail-less breeds such as Manx cats have serious spinal damage and are classified as torture breeds in Germany. Experts believe it is possible that Mekong Bobtail cats with their stubby tails also suffer from spinal problems.

Despite these limitations, the life expectancy of a Mekong Bobtail cat is quite high: it is 15 to 18 years.

A lovable cat breed

Mekong Bobtail cats are extremely lovable animals: Intelligent, affectionate and especially well suited for families with children. In this country, the breed has rarity value - and that is perhaps quite good. Because members of this cat breed are prone to various health problems.

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