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The Cymric Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 7-13 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjust to surroundings.

Health:

A sickness magnet.

Average Lifespan:

Form 8-14 years.

Need For Grooming:

Thrice a week. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 7-13 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjust to surroundings.

Health:

A sickness magnet.

Average Lifespan:

Form 8-14 years.

Need For Grooming:

Thrice a week. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 7-13 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjust to surroundings.

Health:

A sickness magnet.

Average Lifespan:

Form 8-14 years.

Need For Grooming:

Thrice a week. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!
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The Cymric Cat is a long-haired variety of the Manx breed. This breed is recognized by extreme shortness or complete absence of the tail. There are four different tail types seen in this breed. The ‘rumpy‘ type, is the most valued for cat shows and the only one accepted in some organizations. The other three tail types are ‘rumpy risers‘, ‘stumpies‘ and ‘longies‘. The Cymric is a solidly built cat with a rounded appearance and fluffy long coat. This is an even-tempered and affectionate breed. Some cats form strong bonds with just their owners and hold them in high regard. Others, are true family cats and don’t make distinctions between their caregivers. This is a loyal breed that likes following its owner and napping in their lap.

Breed History

The Cymric Cat is the long-haired variation of the Manx breed that originated in the Isle of Man. The breed got its name from the word ‘Cymru‘ which is the indigenous Welsh name for Wales. According to the records, the tailless trait began as the natural mutation among Manx cats on the Isle of Man. These short-haired Manx cats had on occasion long-haired kittens in their litters. At first, these kittens were considered mutants and sold as common house pets. However, in the 1960s similar tailless long-haired kittens were born in Canada. The breeders become intrigued and started a breeding program. The long-hair gene is recessive. Thus, breeders out-crossed to other long-haired and long-tailed cats. This process widened the gene pool and strengthened the breed we see today. This highly unusual breed started to gain a huge following among cat lovers. However, it took a lot of time for it to be officially recognized. While the Manx breed was recognized in the 1920s, the Cymric Cat wasn’t shown until 1960s. The Cymric Cat is best known in Great Britain and North America, but it’s still a fairly rare breed. The Federation Internationale Feline, World Cat Federation, Canadian Cat Association and other organizations recognize the Cymric Cat as a separate breed. However, some organizations consider it being a long-haired version of the Manx, rather than separate breed.

Size Standards

The Cymric is a medium-sized cat with a muscular and powerful body. This cat has a broad chest, short back, round rear end and strong legs. Other distinctive features are a round head, large round eyes and widely spaced ears. However, the most notable trait of this breed is the lack of the tail. Cymric Cats with no tail are called ‘rumpy‘ and are valued for cat shows. The ones that have just a rise of the bone at the end of the spine are known as ‘rumpy risers‘. Those with knotted, curved or kinked tail stumps are known as ‘stumpies‘. Finally, cats with tails slightly shorter than normal tails are called ‘longies‘. The male Cymric Cats are slightly larger and weigh from 9-13 pounds. Female cats are slightly smaller and weigh from 7-11 pounds. This cat has a stocky body and a healthy appetite which makes it prone to obesity. Invest in automatic feeder like this one to control food portions and keep your cat at the ideal weight. Additionally, provide your cat with lots of toys that will keep her active.

Cymric Cat Personality Traits

The Cymric is a gentle, intelligent, playful and social cat. This is an affectionate breed that is good at protecting its family. At the first sign that anything is amiss, this cat will act as a watchdog emitting threatening growls. However, if the cat sees that you aren’t alarmed it will settle down and continue napping. Some Cymric Cats pick a favorite person and spend their days following their owner around.
On the other hand, this breed can also be a family cat that shows the same amount of affection to all family members. This breed isn’t attention seeking and demanding like other cats and loves having its independence. The Cymric Cat is a playful breed that excels at jumping and running. The chubby body and the lack of a tail don’t prevent it from jumping onto the highest surfaces in a house. Thus, it is wise to provide your cat with a cat tree. The Cymric Cat will find a place close by that will enable it to keep an eye on its owner. The Cymric is a quiet breed that uses unique trilling sounds to communicate with its owner. This is a social and playful cat that likes having lots of toys. Get your cat something like a Petstages Tower to keep her entertained. These cats are also very smart and can easily be trained to do tricks and walk on a leash. This cat knows how to open drawers and cabinets, so all valuables should be kept under a lock and key. Unlike other cats, the Cymric respects boundaries and will obey your commands. So, once it learns that scratching the sofa is a no-no, reward her with a cat scratching post.

Adaptability

This breed has an adaptable nature. However, it adjusts better to people if introduced to them from the young age. Generally, this breed adapts well to changes in the environment as long as it gets the same amount of attention as before. Looking at its stocky body it is hard to imagine that the Cymric Cat is such an activity junkie. These cats love to run, jump and are considered a high energy breed. Keep your kitty exercised with a Whoobee Variety Toy Pack.

Health and Potential Health Problems

This breed is a fairly healthy. However, the fact that this is a tailless breed makes it prone to some health problems. Not all Cymric Cats are affected by these conditions and your cat may be perfectly healthy. Still, it is better to learn early on what you can expect. The following conditions can affect the breed:
  • Manx Syndrome: The genetic mutation that causes tailless cats can also cause serious health problems because of its effect on the developing spine. This syndrome can cause spina bifida, urinary tract defects and bowel or bladder dysfunction. The condition affects approximately 20% of Manx cats. The symptoms start appearing at 6 months of age. Thus, it is wise to postpone getting the kitten until it gets older.
  • Corneal Dystrophy: This is an inherited progressive disease that affects both eyes simultaneously. This condition causes the cornea to become cloudy. The first signs of condition start to show when a kitten is approximately 4 months old.
  • Obesity: This cat can easily gain weight which puts them at risk of obesity. To prevent this from happening, feed your cat with weight control cat food. Furthermore, include plenty of activities to keep the fat burning.

Lifespan

On average this breed can live from 8 to 15 years. The fact that this cat doesn’t have a tail is what makes it popular. However, the lack of tail is also the cause of serious health problems seen in them. Since these problems occur around 4-6 months of age, it is wise to wait for that long before getting the Cymric kittens.

Grooming Needs

The Cymric Cat has a long, soft, silky double coat. The luxurious coat requires a bit of care to stay in pristine condition. The coat is also prone to matting.  So it requires regular grooming. Brush your cat three times a week with a slicker brush like this one from Hertzko. The Cymric is also a breed that sheds a lot. So during the shedding season, this cat starts to lose its undercoat and needs daily brushing.

Cymric Cat Coat Colors

Their soft and silky coat falls smoothly over their body and has a glossy appearance. This breed can be found in a variety of different coat colors and patterns. The most common colors are White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream and Silver. The most commonly seen patterns are Solid, Bicolor, Tortoiseshell, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke and Shaded.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The Cymric Cat gets along well with children and other pets when introduced to them during kittenhood. This is a social and friendly breed that likes playing with older kids. Give your child a Mice Cat Toy and let him throw it for your cat. Teach your kid to pet a cat nicely and don’t allow him to play with its tail. The Cymric gets along with other pets as long as they respect its authority. The Cymric is a fun and playful breed that enjoys all sorts of games. You can also use a feather teaser to play with your cat. These cats remain playful well into their adulthood and love interacting with their owners. Try to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your Cymric Cat.