American Ringtail Cat
Federation Internationale Feline World Cat Federation
The American Ringtail Cat (also known as the Ringtail Sing-a-Ling) is a fairly new experimental breed that started with a rescued cat named Solomon in 1998. When Susan Manley found him, he was a 2-day-old kitten who needed to be bottle-fed in order to survive. As he grew and reached the age of 4 weeks, she noticed that he had a unique tail that would curl over his back.
After having Solomon examined by a veterinarian, it was determined that there was no underlying medical issue or deformity that caused his tail to curl. The cat seemed perfectly comfortable and content, holding his tail curled over his back when relaxed.
In 1999, Susan started a breeding program whose goal was to reproduce this curled tail, which she had also noted in other feral cats throughout the northern California neighborhood where she lived.
A few breeders began working with Susan by 2005. The cats with curled tails were bred with purebreds and Domestic Shorthair cats. And in that same year, The International Cat Association, also known as TICA, gave this new breed “Registration Only” status.
American Ringtails are large- to medium-sized cats that carry their tails curled over their backs. They have a graceful, alert and athletic appearance.
The breed comes in both short and medium-haired varieties, and can be found almost all colors and patterns.
Head should be slightly longer than wide.
Nose is straight.
Ears should be slightly larger than medium sized.
Torso is medium-long.
Back is strong, flexible, and long.
Paws are medium-sized.
Toes are long, webbed. Toes can spread wide when playing and climbing.
When born, the tail will be straight, but as the cat grows, the tail will begin to smoothly curl over the back. The tail, which is muscular and broad, especially at the base, features well-developed bones that aren’t fused together, so it has complete range of motion and can even be held straight if the cat wants to uncurl it.
Owners of American Ringtails also notice that these cats use their tails more than other cats do. For example, in addition to being utilized for balance, the tail can be used to slow them down when descending from a cat tree, or to slow down during a high-speed chase.
Fur is silky soft.
The American Ringtail cat is bred to exhibit all patterns and colors.
Weight — 3-7 kg.
American Ringtail cats are very affectionate, outgoing, friendly, and loyal, though they may be a little shy around strangers. They are great with children and often develop a really strong attachment to one particular member of the family. They are also curious and love to explore. Often, they enjoy analyzing running water and may also hide their food throughout the house for consuming later on. These characteristics are considered “wild traits” that may be carried over from their feral roots.
This breed can feature a coat that is short or medium in length. Cats with medium-length coats would require regular grooming, probably around two times a week. Overall, though, this breed doesn’t shed too much, so grooming once a week can help keep the fur soft, shiny, and healthy.
Because they enjoy climbing, playing, and exploring, owners should have plenty of toys and cat trees for them to keep busy throughout the day.
Lifespan — 15-20 years.
Not aggressive. Smart.
Not for those people who live quiet environment.
The spine vertebrae are normal. The tail is very flexible. The base of the tail is more muscular than normal. As mentioned there are no associated health issues accompanying the genes that produce the curl in the tail.