Cat Breeds

American ringtail cat

American ringtail cat twisted like a pig’s tail. A new breed of cat was created in the 1990s as a result of a natural genetic mutation.


The American ringtail cat is friendly, open, loves human company, but also other animals. Open, extroverted, likes to talk to his guardian. Often, he has very strong bonds with one selected person. He is somewhat shy towards strangers, he keeps his distance, but he is not aggressive. His “plebeian” origin sometimes makes itself felt – he likes to observe flowing water, he sometimes hides food for later in the corners of the apartment. He loves playing, climbing, searching. He is a very active cat, he needs his mind to be constantly exploring the world. It is suitable for singles, families with older children as well as older people. It will be a good choice even for a beginner cat maker.

American ringtail cat. Advantages and disadvantages


  • active, requires that he be constantly challenged
  • requires more time on the part of the guardian to play together
  • bored, easily frustrated


  • healthy and resilient
  • little molting
  • not requiring care
  • unrefined in food
  • nice and friendly disposition
  • great family cat
  • suitable for homes with older children, for seniors and singles
  • suitable for beginner cat maker

American ringtail cat. Health

The breed is generally healthy and resistant. No congenital genetic defects were reported.


Undemanding to care. Short-haired individuals can be combed once a week, and half-long haired – twice a week. Molting relatively little.

American ringtail cat

American ringtail cat. History

American Ringtail is a new breed, which dates back to the 1990s. The breed was started by a cat named Solomon, with a naturally falling sideways and curled tail. Solomon was a street cat, rescued in 1998 by Susan Manley who helped homeless cats. The kitten was only 2 days old and required feeding with a bottle. Thanks to the careful care of Susan, he survived. When he was 4 weeks old, Susan’s attention was caught by the unusual appearance of Solomon’s tail. Similar individuals have seen her in her hometown of northern California. In 1999, Manley began a breeding program to create a new breed – Ringtail. In 2005, other breeders joined her. Also in 2005, the organization TICA granted the newly created breed the status of Registration Only. The American ringtail is surprisingly popular in the United States. Attention is drawn to its appearance and excellent character. Outside their homeland, it is still a little-known experimental race.

American ringtail cat


American Ringtail – Ringtail Sing-a-Ling – Ringtail – a race not recognized by FIFe
  • Origin: California, United States
  • Character: friendly, loyal, intelligent, inquisitive, pet-friendly, quite talkative
  • Size: medium to large
  • Weight: females 3-6 kg, males 3.5-7 kg
  • General appearance: muscular, well-built, graceful to move
  • Head: not too big
  • Eyes: almond shape, any color
  • Body: strong, flexible and long; hind limbs, hindleg slightly longer than forelegs, medium-sized paws with long toes
  • Tail: Well muscled, broad at the base, very flexible, with a full range of motion, can be held vertically, although it usually falls curled to the side
  • Coat: soft, silky, short-haired or half-haired
  • Color: all colors and varieties allowed
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years
  • Activity: moderate temperament
  • Who is it for: single, senior, beginner cat, family with older children
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: resistant; no congenital genetic defects
  • Possibility to buy a kitten: cultures in the USA

Interesting facts

Kittens are born with straight tails, only with age, the tail begins to tend to fall sideways. identified two genes responsible for tail spinning do not carry harmful traits. For the tail to be twisted, both genes must occur simultaneously (one dominant X-linked, the other recessive), which is not very common. The tail of these cats is more muscular, especially at the root, and very flexible. Ringtails can move it just like other cats, but they most often wear a tail “dropped” to the side and slightly coiled in a spiral.

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