🐾Mekong Bobtail: Your new pet
This is a kitten that will steal your heart immediately. Its sweetness has no comparison, it is also so cute that it becomes attractive to everyone who observes it, learns fast and has very good living habits, can be a bit spoiled sometimes, but not so much that it upsets its owners, besides, who doesn’t love a Bobtail?
The origin of this kitten is Russian, but its predecessors and the base from which this breed originates is from Thailand, where the appropriate crosses were made to form the felines that were characterized by having such a particular pigmentation.
As a result, interest in their upbringing was extended and they reached Siam, where the species’ parameters were finished purifying, giving origin to the Siamese kittens that were exported to some areas of Europe and the United States.
But the fact that they had such a short tail did not give them enough fame, and, compared to the Siamese, did not cause so much attraction for what they were disappearing. It is there when Russian fans enter the story, who managed to take the few who they were left and recreated the breed, giving them more support and exporting it again.
On the other hand, many legends are associated with their physical characteristics, but so far none has been proven, what has been recognized is that it has been due to its extraordinary finesse and how adjusted they are to the human customs that they became more and more loved and adopted.
And as you can see, these are very well proportioned animals, their face is almost perfect, with eyes wide open in clean and bright blue tones, they steal the whole show and finish it off with the pompom of the tail that they develop.
Besides, the pigmentation of the Siamese, with a light beige base and dark spots degraded in strategic areas, such as the face, ears, legs, and tail give it some distinction between others, since its size is medium and its weight is regular, according to its proportions.
Their temper is incredible. This cat is sweet, loving, especially with humans, playful, active and also enjoy being by themselves, but what is most surprising is that they develop such a fondness for their adoptive family that they do not like being away from them, which is something that rarely corresponds to the attitude of most cats that have a more relaxed behavior in this regard.
They get along very well with children and love being caressed by everyone, in fact, they tend to get along with everyone without much trouble.
However, they require an early socialization process, as they may develop a bit of shyness, so, the sooner they are taught to spend time with both humans and animals, the better it will be for their temperament. They will quickly get used to this kind of interaction and see it as a natural part of their life.
Its maintenance is not so demanding. They are short-haired animals that only shed during molting season and that, due to their tendency to remain indoors, do not get very dirty; also, their preference for licking helps them both to cool off when it is hot and stay clean.
This is not enough and they need to be cleaned and brushed, preferably once a week, as for baths, once a month should do. Also, cleaning the teeth and ears and nail-trimming should be done with the products specially designed for kittens of this type.
Their health is very good, although some of them suffer from strabismus, the majority have not reported any incident with hereditary conditions, so basically, their treatment will focus on the adequate supply of vaccines and monitoring their eating habits as well as preventing contagion of any local virus.
They are carnivorous kittens, they need to feed on animal protein to be healthy and they can eat both homemade food and canned or compote, but always regulating the amounts according to their weight and verifying that they have an adequate water supply. They are also very strict with cleanliness, so food should be served in clean, odorless containers.
Inside the house they can live peacefully in the spaces their owner gives them, a clean and comfortable basket would be enough, with additional toys and time for walks and fun, although sometimes they behave somewhat stubbornly, that in some moments they decide to do as they please, for example, sleep wherever they want, especially in their owner’s lap.
🐾History and Origin of the Mekong Bobtail
The history of the kittens of this breed dates back to the 19th century in Thailand, where there was a proliferation in the breeding of felines with the characteristics of the Siamese, especially in terms of their size and pigmentation of the skin. Due to the continuous crosses, several derivations emerged, knowing that these specimens are the ancestors of three breeds nowadays that have similar aspects.
At the time, the new coloring of the felines was «boom», so the first exports from Siam to Europe were made in 1884 and a little later, in 1890 they arrived in the United States, in fact, one of these kittens became the favorite pet of one of the presidents of that country and the breed was named Siam.
These colorful animals that came from Siam and were first brought to Europe had a very different character than the others regarding their tail, which was short and curved; this is what gave them more attention. In that place, this breed was called «the kings of Siam», which suggests that they were loved by the princes and princesses or rulers of their cities.
However, sometime later, the popularity decreased and led too many breeders refraining from continuing their crosses and killing the kittens that were born with this badly called tail defect, jeopardizing the strength and survival of the species, but, fortunately, there were many Russian fans who loved these kittens and fought to save the breed, generating new breeding houses.
This new breed was called Bobtail of Mekong, for the place where it was rescued, and also spread to Moscow where a house that became very famous called “Korgorushi” was established, and in other countries such as Iran, Vietnam, and China.
These kittens are now known as the Mekong Bobtail and that came from those bred in Siam were lovingly accepted, both for their excellent temperament and for their delicate features, becoming known as a very domestic pet and attached to their owners, so it did not hesitate to join society, to the point that they participate even in many family photos.
Besides, another factor that made them known is the old age they used to reach, which caused astonishment in many owners because some of these kittens managed to live almost 20 years, a very rare feature in cats and also that they managed to have offspring regardless of their age.
On the other hand, there are several legends around the way the race developed and its preference over them, which has given a touch of mystery or fantasy to these felines, which are unquestionably associated with royalty.
One of these legends tells that these cats were used for the protection of temples and the extermination of rats or snakes, especially because their skin is elastic and can be stretched in various directions without hurting, preventing the venom from spreading through the bloodstream, ensuring the survival of the Bobtail.
However, this anecdote, although it becomes very likely, is not supported by the fact that the specimens of this breed do not show a marked tendency to hunt this type of vermin nowadays, which would normally be inherited from one generation to another.
Another much less possible legend is that these cats, many years ago, had the task of protecting the valuable vases that adorned the temples, but that once one of them curled its tail on one and stared at it, the vase broke cutting his tail and causing strabismus in vision.
In any case, today it is known that the Bobtail was the result of the Siamese exported from Siam and that the Thai appreciated it in the same way, to the point of prohibiting them from being harmed or held captive, but equally it became the favorite gift that kings gave to their concubines.
Currently, Mekong Bobtail kittens have the advantage of being very loved by many families, and although it is not the most popular in the world, it has become known very easily, both for its resemblance to its Siamese cousins and for the characteristics of its body and tail, accompanied by a very docile character and being quite close to humans, which also differentiates this breed from many other feline breeds that are more independent.
🐾Characteristics of the breed
Definitely these are one of the most tender kittens of the feline family; they are cute, well trained, with very open eyes, compact sizes and perfect to include in your home, their temperament is tailored to suit your figure, drawing even more attention with their short tail, which makes it a very particular specimen.
Their appearance is very light; they are cats of rectangular shape because they are longer than taller, proportioned, with thin legs, but in good shape, agile, sporty, with fine features.
They are kittens that are born without spots, usually, in the base tone that then tends to darken slightly. After a short time, they evolve and develop the colors that characterize them, while their short tail makes them stand out from other breeds that have the same pigmentation and the eyes should invariably be light blue.
The Mekong Bobtails are quite slender and their body demonstrates agility so their weight, regardless of whether they are female or male and whether or not they have reached maturity and total growth, should not exceed 4 kilos.
Generally, these cats are not distinguished whether they are females or males neither by their height nor by their length, so both genders could be classified within the same values. They are considered as medium kittens; remember that they grow up to little more after the first year of life and they can obtain a length that ranges from 50 cm to 70 cm.
Its head is so well-proportioned and so well-formed that it could be considered almost perfect. The upper part is flat with the well-pronounced chin and an oval shape that widens slightly towards the area of the ears, its snout is thin which gives it a Roman profile.
They have a small, well-defined nose in the form of a droplet, it is black and diffuses because they usually have a dark spot on that area of the face.
The shape of the eyes of the Mekong Bobtail is beautiful and very particular, because the lower part is almost oval and the upper eyelid has the curvature of an almond, they are large they are slightly inclined on the face and they are very expressive, being extremely important that the iris is clear blue, without spots and slightly clear.
Its gaze is always attentive, sweet and in search of attention.
The ears of these kittens are well proportioned to the face, although their broad base can sometimes be seen as slightly large, they have a triangular shape and are rounded at the tip, but they are not very tall, they are always carried upright with the flag in front.
There are a number of special considerations in this regard, as the biggest distinction in the Bobtail of the Mekong and that even differentiates it from the other breeds that have the same pigmentation is the length of its tail, which can reach a maximum of only one a quarter of the length of the kitten, and at least three nodes or vertebrae, must not be longer or must be non-existent.
The fur of these kittens is soft, silky, not very stuck to the body, but short, abundant, thick and bright. It has a very thin sub-hair that gives protection to the skin but is not very dense.
If it were to be observed that the kitten loses strength or shine in its fur it is necessary to go to the veterinarian, as this is a very natural quality in them and that could be affected both by diseases and by problems of poor diet.
A characteristic feature in the ancestors of the Mekong Bobtail is that these cats have variations in their color manifesting themselves in spots or dots well located and darker than the base, which tends to be a light and solid tone.
The most popular is the color point, which locates a darker shade than its base, in the area of the face right in the nose, ears, and legs as in the form of degrading socks, as well as in the tail.
However, there are other less popular variations but they are also accepted, such as the red dot, which is almost extinct and marks a degradation in peach tones or the blue points that their degradations are more framed in silver.
With rounded and thin legs of medium length, the movement of the Bobtail is smooth and denotes a minimum and almost imperceptible effort in his walk, in fact, there are times when it seems that it slips; they are agile and can jump good heights, although they are not the best at it.
🐾Mekong Bobtail’s character and personality
The Mekong Bobtail kitten is very unique in character, because, although most cats have a slightly more withdrawn behavior in which they decide when to rest, when to play and when to spend time with their owners, and do not even consider them as such a thing but rather as partners, this breed shows a slightly different temperament, since it is more loving and sociable than normal.
In this sense, these kittens are considered as strangely in need of the presence of their owners whom they see that way, there are even those who think that it is the breed that most tends to resemble dogs in that sense because they are loyal, empathic and they prefer to be close to humans as long as possible, even there is nothing they enjoy more than resting in the arms of their own.
The Mekong Bobtail can suffer from certain episodes of what is known as separation distress, in which pets develop unbalanced behaviors to show that they feel altered by being alone, showing that they are not fit to be without their family.
So if you want to adopt a kitten of this breed you should keep in mind that you ought to spend the most time possible with it, or that, in the best case, there’d be someone in the home to help it feel more comfortable.
However, several training techniques have been developed in which the felines are taught to spend their lonely time in activities that keep them entertained or otherwise could also teach them to travel by car in peace so that taking it out is not such a complicated task.
Another aspect that also characterizes them and that they do share with most cats is their need for rest, although unlike the rest they prefer to do it close to their human family and do not hide away to do it, they simply dedicate themselves to relax every time they are provoked and even more so if they are in the lap of their owners, because these kittens like to be spoiled.
Likewise, it should be emphasized that, although loving and relaxed, the Mekong Bobtails have a great desire to play and would not refuse any invitation that they know will be a fun activity, showing another charming facet in which they can relate widely with anyone in the home.
This fact makes their relationship with children excellent because they are playful, active, have a lot of energy and are quite bold, although they are not so tolerant of their abrupt treatment and try to defend themselves if they are considered threatened or with intentions of being attacked.
That is why it is always recommended to have special consideration both in the education of their pets and in that of their children, who should be taught that they should treat their pets, whom may sometimes be seen as toys by the little ones, and take into account with respect that they have sensitivity and that they could even attack them unintentionally as a natural reaction in their defense.
Although the Bobtail is more willing to remain receiving the appreciation of their owners or playing with them, they often show a natural curiosity that makes them explore in their vicinity, leading them to try to recognize their surroundings and entertain themselves with the objects that can attract them.
Their training capacity is medium, that is, such diligence requires patience, because, although they are intelligent, the fact of wanting to be spoiled makes them a bit stubborn, because they’ll be trying to get their way, so you should try to teach them early which must meet some basic living requirements.
Among these strategies, the first one that should be taken into action is that of socialization, since your kitten will feel more confident with both the humans around him and with the animals that can visit. The sooner the cat gets acquaintanced with them, it will see that the others do not represent a risk or a threat, which would help them have a better response or a better temperament.
On the other hand, the treatment with other animals is quite cordial, although they need socialization, it has been seen that they get along with any partner, not showing a high desire for territoriality, of course, they make others respect its territory, but they do not mind sharing the space, nor have very developed hunting habits.
They have even proved to be good parents, maintaining the filial relationship with their children for much longer than other breeds would and it has been seen that they can adopt other-breeds kittens without any problem.
🐾Diet and feeding
The main factor to keep in mind when making a decision about the diet that will be administered to your kitten is that its nature is carnivorous and that it is necessary to respect it regardless of the food style that you might have as a family, as their physical training, health, and beauty depends largely on the proper intake of animal protein.
Even if your Mekong Bobtail has been adopted from a litter from domesticated parents, these kittens also respond to the way all cats had to resort to feeding, counting remote times.
It is to be remembered that kittens were not always animals appreciated by families and that on many occasions they had to look for their food through hunting, developing tastes and skills in it, even their smell makes the vermin or rodents move away which are normally part of their favorite prey.
This predilection also responds to the nutritional needs of its body and not only to the satiety of hunger, because the felines require the aminoacids that meat provides them to stay healthy and vigorous, preventing diseases such as blindness or alopecia, on the other hand, the amount of water it contains (which is a high percentage) helps your pet stay hydrated.
It must also be complemented with the accepted carbohydrates and vegetables that provide the rest of the nutrients, as well as the vitamins found there such as B12 or A.
On the other hand, there is another generalized aspect that also concerns the kittens of this breed and is that they all pass through ages of maturity in their organs that force them to have foods with different qualities, recognizing mainly three stages, provided they are not affected for other causes such as diseases, stomach problems or even pregnancy.
Thus, the first thing to consider is that the Mekong Bobtail should preferably be fed in its first two months by its mother through breastfeeding, emphasizing the fact that there is no better way than this, although if there are many options in the market, the ideal is to be breastfed because it helps nutrition, growth, immunization and even in socialization and development of the temperament.
Once they reach six weeks of life they can start eating other foods such as canned foods that are soft and do not hurt their denture, stabilizing the stomach until the cat enters the adult phase where a style is defined more prolonged, being able to opt for both homemade foods and croquettes.
In any case, it is always important to take your Mekong Bobtail to a regular visit with the veterinarian, which would indicate which are the most appropriate options and even if it should require a special diet according to the nutritional needs of your kitten.
Homemade Mekong Bobtail Meals
Unlike humans, the felines of this breed cannot tolerate in their gastrointestinal system many components that we ingest by habit, so their food must be prepared apart from ours and with slight differences.
First of all, the food should not be seasoned with salt, peppers, spicy, garlic, prepared sauces, or any spices, and cooking should avoid fried foods and stews, being served naturally both grilled like steamed or baked.
Also avoid basing your menu exclusively on fish or tuna, trying to serve them cooked, do not offer them raw or canned because they cause damage to their digestive system.
Croquettes or preserves
Undoubtedly, this is an option that greatly exceeds the preparation of homemade food because it facilitates in terms of selection and in terms of the time spent in the process, it also has the possibility of offering all the values that are needed in a very homogeneous way, which is guaranteed simply by knowing how to choose the right product.
What should be monitored is that the packaging indicates that it contains a good proportion of animal protein, as well as vegetables and carbohydrates, try to avoid by-products; cereals are not entirely harmful but should not be the main element.
One of the considerations that you should have if you want to provide this type of food to your kitten is that they are going to require more water, this because the meat in its main form is composed of water which hydrates the cat but in the form of croquettes is different and must be supplemented with a separate dose of this liquid.
🐾The health of the Mekong Bobtail
To date, there has been no evidence of the existence of any hereditary pathology in kittens of this breed and can be classified as very healthy animals that do not tend to suffer from diseases that could seriously affect their quality of life.
However, you should avoid falling into the error of thinking that because of this there is no chance that it will get sick, especially when it can be threatened by parasites, viruses in the environment or nearby felines, bacteria and even by a poor diet, which should stay under surveillance and with proper immunization authorized by the veterinarian.
To do this, the first thing you should do is take your Bobtail to an initial check-out with the specialist of your preference, who will evaluate the general conditions of your kitten and propose the dates on which you should apply the first dewormers and the immunization schedule.
In this regard it is important to try to respect at least two months before separating the kitten from its mother and allow breastfeeding to go on during that entire period, as it is the time that is expected to start with vaccines and breast milk provides immunization while taking it, in addition to making the babe stronger in its constitution and helping in the correct maturation of its organs.
Along with the vaccination process, the cat must go through a stage in which the eating routine is adjusted, providing the rations with the appropriate doses and ensuring that it eats the necessary nutrients and vitamins, but the most important thing is that you keep their weight controlled.
Like most of the felines that are dedicated to making life with humans and especially this particular breed that is very likely to stay with them as long as possible, Bobtails can suffer from obesity much more easily because of bad eating habits.
This means that not only is it affected aesthetically, but also a series of reactions are triggered based on it, such as the affectation in their hormonal values, blood problems, joint problems, loss of mobility and even depression for not being able to act as it would regularly.
Another condition that has nothing to do with hereditary aspects but with the customs of felines is their tendency to groom themselves, which is very good for keeping it clean on their own, but due to the roughness of their tongue, it tends to bring many traces of dirt, parasites, and hair.
The latter is not digestible by what accumulates in the digestive tract and stomach, becoming a kind of hairball that is complicated and produces the disease called trichobezoar, which by its nature and the few possibilities of extraction it has become deadly many times.
That is why it is recommended that your weekly brushing be performed without fail and that the frequency be increased when the kitten is shedding.
Other common diseases in them that could bother him would be osteoarthritis or senile blindness, which usually occurs when the kitten has exceeded more than ten years of age, so they are associated with the conditions of old age but can be delayed with good nutrition, preventive controls, exercises, and their respective associated care.
Likewise, several cats of this breed have been seen with obvious signs of alopecia which is observed as punctuated baldness or hairless spaces, which fall without being manually extracted but have nothing to do with the molting process because it is not homogeneous or temporary.
When this happens, it is best to go to the veterinarian immediately, because the causes are so varied that they can range from endocrinological to psychological problems, separation anxiety, and even nutritional issues, this is because alopecia is more a consequence of other diseases than one in itself.
Topical ointments or creams are good options to help the exposed skin not be more compromised and avoid possible infections, but they are not the treatment to eradicate them; it is necessary for the intervention of your specialist.
Generally, these cats reproduce normally like any cat breed, responding to the zeal that affects the female in regulated periods and that can be calculated after the first happens and that they continue more frequently until they get pregnant.
They manifest it through the expulsion, in different ways, of the pheromones that attract males and that force them to satisfy their reproductive instinct, so if you want to take care of the litter and plan the union you should be very careful in the protection of it so that it is not compromised with unexpected hybridizations.
The Mekong Bobtail is a pretty clean animal, its preference for always being close to humans makes the majority of its playtime or interaction time inside the home, so they are unlikely to get dirty, but they should have the forecasts to try to keep it healthy and calm.
However, they do not always provide it to their owners because they are not at all water lovers, having to resort to various techniques to calm it and make it accept the treatment, among them the main one is to accustom it from a puppy.
The younger (as allowed by your veterinarian) the Mekong Bobtail begins to receive their care the better it will be and everything will depend on the perseverance because the more they see it as a regular part of their routine the less fear they will have unknown and they will accept it better.
Although its fur is not quite long and there is very little chance of knots forming, the Mekong Bobtail will need to be offered a weekly brush with a soft bristle comb, in which mainly parasites are eliminated that you could have acquired on your walks and help you stay clean as long as possible.
Besides, due to their tendency to groom themselves continuously, it is very possible that they ingest dead hair and accumulate it in the stomach or irritate the throat so brushing would eliminate much of that danger by removing the damaged mantle with the brush.
Another benefit of performing this practice is that the kittens of this breed feel better while more affection is offered so that the owners can take advantage to speak with sweetness and try to strengthen those bonds of union between them.
Baths for the Mekong Bobtail
These cats indeed have the same habit of cleaning with their tongue, but it is not a reason to believe that they do not require a bath with some periodicity, because they can also get dirty in places of little access for them, have acquired spots, vomit or diarrhea, in short, there are many causes that make them have to receive their bath.
However, in doing so you must have certain forecasts, such as establishing a calendar to schedule the frequency with which the kitten is going to bathe, trying to plan it every six or seven weeks always considering his health status and weather conditions, in addition of the cleaning needs of your pet, which sometimes requires dates to be advanced, but if you have to delay it, try not to be more than eight weeks.
At the time of bathing, ensure that your movements are fast and effective, wet it, lather it well and remove the shampoo with enough water, remember that these cats pass their tongue through their body and with this they can swallow these chemical components, in addition, you should not wet or lather neither the face nor ears.
Once you have finished removing all the shampoo you have to dry it with a towel and apply the dryer with a pleasant temperature, ensuring that there is no water or moisture left.
The small denture of the Mekong Bobtail has the characteristic of getting dirty very easily, especially if it is fed based on moist products that usually stick to the teeth and accumulate tartar causing oral diseases of various types and degenerating the denture in such a way that they can reach lose the pieces prematurely.
Thus, it is necessary that you brush at least once a week and sometimes try to apply a rinse or flossing, if you find that the task is very difficult, you can choose to buy special powders or tablets in the market to ingest them as food but they have the function of washing your mouth without causing any harm.
It is always a good practice to take your pet to a veterinarian where appropriate baths are performed and given special care that it will occasionally require, providing beauty and pampering time, but you must remember that the Mekong Bobtail won’t feel completely safe if you are not near it.
On the other hand, do not allow it to be offered treatments that include a haircut as it would affect it severely, this is because the kitten’s fur has special functions in addition to covering it and it is that, on one hand, it allows it to be aware of the conditions of space, giving it the perception of depth or closeness of objects and on the other hand it serves them in their adaptation to temperature.