American Ringtail cat on a table.

American Ringtail Cat Breed

This athletic and plush-coated cat with a twist in its tail is friendly, but it can be reserved with strangers.

No other cat possesses this breed’s unique tail, which is carried in a flexible curl over the back or flank. The American Ringtail was discovered by chance in California and, so far, its development has included the introduction of Oriental-type lines.

These cats are still few and far between, but interest among breeders is gradually increasing. There is also a longhaired version. Ringtails love games, climbing, and nosing around anything that appeals to their strong sense of curiosity. The soft trilling sounds that they make gave them their original name of Ringtail Sing-a-Ling.

Origin: US, 1990s

Breed registries: CFA, TICA

Weight range: 7–15lb (3–7kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: All colors, shades, and patterns.