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American Ringtail
Records: TICA

The American Ringtail It is one of the newer breeds of cats existing without registering, It is at this time as a race in a pilot phase.
American Ringtail
3rd Generation American Ringtail cat Chunky Monkey – Suemanley1, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons



The cat American Ringtail originated a few years ago, When in 1998 a male stray cat was rescued in Fremont, California. When the cat grew up, it was found that he tended to keep his tail in a hunched position on his back. There was no deformity or physical defects in the animal, the cat did not seem to have any kind of discomfort while holding its tail in that particular way.

Soon, other cats in the locality were observed with a similar “ring” in the queue. After the genetic consultation, the final decision was made to develop these cats as the only formal breed. The original ring-tailed male was crossed with a short-haired female cat. Since then, several litters are born with the features that show the “Ring-tailed cat”. Originally called “Ringtail Sing-a-ling” these felines were called American Ringtail and they are currently on the road towards the full recognition of the bodies of registration of the feline breeds.

Physical characteristics

A relatively large size, the RingTail it is a long and muscular animal. Both sexes can reach a weight of 5 to 7 Kg. in adulthood. have a back long and strong. The skin is soft and silky and can come in any color or pattern. The color of the eyes is also not strictly defined at the moment. The tail it's straight with curls at the tip that fall down the back. The legs are medium-sized fingers linked by membranes.

"American Ringtail"

Spunky American Ringtail

The famous ring tail is due to two different genes that produce the ‘upright’ appearance’ and 'curved’ the tail. It is seen in certain wild cats and domestic, and even in purebred dogs. They are not associated with any health problem. Its own tail is muscular and broad at the base, well-developed bones are not fused. Cats have tails ring position when it is calm. It serves not only to balance the cats in movement, but also to slow down during a Chase at high speed.

Character and skills

The American Ringtail he is very kind and loving by nature. They interact well with children and other family members, They even developed a strong attachment with one person in particular, however they are a bit shy in the presence of strangers.

curious by nature, explore everything what they see in their surroundings and are particularly fascinated by water sources, perhaps a relic of his wild days when he used to quench his thirst by drinking from the backwaters in the wild.

Another “Wild” attribute, It is their habit of its food storage, hiding in different places of the House for food at a later time. For its unique design and beauty, these fascinating safe cats win the attention and fame to prosper as a distinct breed, widely recognized for years to come.


Although their ringed tail does not cause any specific health problems, the American Ringtail you may experience some problems as you age.


Grooming your cat is a great way to spend time alone with him.. The American Ringtail usually has a short to medium coat length. Their coat is usually easy to maintain and tends to stay clean..

Brush your cat about twice a week to remove any stains or tangles, or just spend some time bonding with him and develop your relationship. They don't shed much, but brushing helps keep their coat soft and shiny.

What is the price of a "American Ringtail"?

The American Ringtail can be challenging to find, as they are still thought to be a rare breed. But, if you can find a breeder of these kittens, you can expect to pay between 500 and 1.000 $. They are currently only recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA), but with the status of “Registration only”.

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  1. We really should require that people who breed animals for profit must have a license to do so that requires a kennel and breeder inspection the way horse and cattle breeders are examined and any serious violations they lose the license. I am a small hobby breeder but I took canine and feline classes at a vet school so I had some idea of what was important to know before breedings.

  2. I adopted or should day rescued two 5 week old American Ringtail sister. One is larger and shorter haired, while the runt is a medium haired girl. The oldest escaped accidentally at almost a year and was pregnant by a male larger Tuxedo DS. She lost 2 of her four babies due to stillborn. We never allowed our girls to drink Did Palos .CA water again.

    I currently have my beautiful sisters age 3.5 years. I have the amazing daughter from the first litter. She had the softest cost of all 3 Queens. She is amazing as well. I have two 1 year old males that one is my baby boy. I have recently gotten color point red males from a litter and one is medium haired and the other is long haired. They have the palest blue eyes I have ever incountered since they at some angles seem almost white. They have a sister whom I am keeping whom is almost a siamese, but has some snowshoe spot characteristics. She had white spotty areas on her mask and areas of her Siamese coloring. She then has some dark spots on her chin. I have not once ever had a kitten born without the Ringtail larg muscles at the base of the tail. The don’t seem to have C or S curves which they curve over their backs. Every single kitten I have been able to take the tail and lay it on their back and touch the base of their skull.
    The have all had longer back lwgs, which most litters will be General a little wobbly up to 8 weeks. They all have a triangular shaped face, long muscular torso, and some have small couger tips. They all have webbed toes. Are very verbal and trill regularly while holding a conversation with me. The are loving, liyak, intelligent and very active. They love other pets including the dogs. The can leap up to or longer then 12 feet either up or straight across a room at ages of 4 to 5 months. They are very demanding in such things where one of our first queens assumes when she had her harness on, that we were not being good parents when we took the two small dogs for a 4ide bit didn’t include her.,

    I have never really loved female cats until my Ringtails. I do enjoy watching the tail acted up over their backs when they are happy. They are varied where some tend to be very laid back in life, where as others can be bossy and needed you to meet their demands. Lol Would never trade this breed for any other. They have become our fur babies and with a preemie boy as now my so demanding son. Lol

  3. I have cats bar and one of the litters I came out a kitten with the well ringed tail behind the very elegant while walking without any defect or health problem is intermediate hair and grey and white


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