Originally Posted by FerrisCat
Bob-tailed Japanese domestic cats may be registered in CFA as Japanese Bobtails and can not only be used in breeding program, but they can be shown. There has been a GC/DM import
So that would explain the resemblance!
Except mine has a tail... And she just got fixed.
Really, that's interesting. I don't know how Japense mine is other than the resemblance. There is a cow-patched bob down the street who is allowed to roam. It's in a small colony of mura neko near the riverfront park.
I'd been told that the large feral population here was largely a result of American military personnel abandoning pets in years past (they have much better controls on animals on base now, I understand). But the Japanese/Okinawans seem to regard cats as outdoor pets and are less into reproductive control, and other Japanese cities have feral cat problems.
Don't get me wrong, people love the mura neko or village cats, and often put out food for them. The attitude toward domestic animals is similar to what my mom described growing up on a farm with barn cats.