The Manx Cat is best known for being entirely tailless. However, many cats have a small sub of a tail, and some are even born with normal length tails. This is a medium-sized breed with a strong body, broad chest and hind legs longer than forelegs.
The Manx has a short dense coat that lies close to the body and comes in many different colors. The long-haired version of Manx is known as Cymric Cat.
This is a people-oriented cat that likes being involved in the lives of its people. They have strong hunting instincts and watchdog qualities. Thus, they react rapidly and growl threateningly if anything seems out of ordinary.
This is a playful and affectionate breed that likes being close to its owner. The Manx Cat will readily jump in an empty lap, and if one isn’t available it will nest comfortably near you.
The Manx is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats. However, the exact origins of the breed are still unclear.
The Manx comes from the Isle of Man and is the result of the naturally occurring mutation. Many interesting folk tales surround the Manx Cats.
One of them says that the Manx was napping when Noah called the animals on the ark. The cat awakened just as Noah was closing the ark’s door. Thus, cutting the cat’s tail entirely.
Another story says that these cats arrived on a ship that sank off near the coast of Isle of Man. These cats than swam to the shore where they bred with the local population spreading the tailless gene.
One of the most popular legends states that the Manx is the offspring of a cat and a rabbit. However, this is biologically impossible, no matter how cute the notion of cabbit is! The tailless gene is a dominant one.
Therefore, many people believe that being in the proximity to a Manx will cause other breeds to produce tailless kittens.
The Manx was exhibited as a distinct breed in cat shows since the late 1800s. The Manx was one of the first breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association. The International Cat Association also recognizes this breed, as do all other major cat organizations.
The Manx is a medium-sized breed with a broad chest and muscular, but lean body. The hind legs are noticeably longer than forelegs causing the rump to be higher than shoulders.
These cats are known for the lack of tail. However, the tail can also be long, or any length between two extremes.
Hence, Manx Cats are categorized by the length of the tail to, rumpy (no tail), rumpy risers (a bump under the fur), stumpy, stubby and longy.
These cats have rounded heads, small noses, large upright ears and large rounded eyes.
Male cats are slightly larger and usually weigh from 8-10 pounds. Female cats are smaller and weigh from 6-8 pounds.
This breed is known for having a healthy appetite and real love for food. Thus, meal size needs to be carefully monitored. To prevent overfeeding and manage food portions, use an automatic pet feeder. Furthermore, daily play sessions will keep your cat exercised and at the ideal weight.
This is affectionate, gentle and people-oriented breed. These cats possess watchdog traits and will alarm their owners of any unusual activities. The alert Manx will growl threateningly, or even attack, if it feels that its family is in danger.
However, if the cat sees that you aren’t flustered, it will relax and lie in your lap.
These cats love to be close to their owners and will follow them around the house. They are always close by, carefully observing without being demanding and clingy. The gentle Manx will jump in an empty lap as soon as it sees one, and if a lap isn’t available, the cat will curl next to you.
They have great hunting skills and will quickly make an entire neighborhood pest-free. Despite having a mellow temperament this breed likes to play. Keep your cat active with a variety of toys that will keep her occupied when you aren’t at home.
This is a clever and intelligent cat that can learn to how to play fetch and perform tricks. If thought early on, the Manx is more than willing to walk on a leash, and will enjoy exploring outdoors. The Manx Cats know how to open drawers and turn on the faucets. Therefore, all valuables need to be kept locked up.
Get a cat tree condo to keep your cat off your furniture and prevent unwanted behavior. These cats accept boundaries and usually respect their owners wishes. Hence, it won’t be hard teaching your cat right from wrong with positive reinforcements.
This is an even-tempered and sweet cat that likes spending time with its people. They aren’t particularly vocal but will speak in a quiet voice and have a conversation with you. This breed is best suited for people who are able to give their cat time and attention it deserves on a daily basis.
The Manx has an adaptable nature if it is exposed to other people and different surroundings from a young age. So, socialize your kitten properly to avoid any problems in the future. Generally, these cats love meeting new people and react well to changes in scenery.
This is a moderately active breed, that needs daily exercise to stay in shape. A squeaky mice toy will engage your cat’s natural hunting instincts and get her moving. Try to play with your cat for at least 15 minutes every day to keep her lean and healthy.
- Arthritis of the tailbone: This condition is seen in cats with partial tails. It causes a cartilage to degenerate leading to pain and inflammation. A cat with this condition can have a reduced mobility of the tail, spend less time grooming the tail or be grumpy when the tail is touched. Treatment involves meds that reduce pain and inflammation.
- Corneal Dystrophy: This is a progressive condition which affects both eyes. The cornea is the most affected and causes an eye to become cloudy. Treatment varies depending on the seriousness of the disease. Thus, some cats are treated with eye drops while others need surgery.
- Manx Syndrome: This is a collection of birth defects that may include a spine that is too short, urinary tract defects, digestive and bowel problems. This condition is caused by the same gene that causes Manx Cats to be born tailless. This disease affects approximately 20% of Manx Cats, most often rumpies. The first symptoms start to appear when the kitten is 4 months old. Thus, it is best to wait until that age before bringing a cat home.
This breed has an average lifespan of 8-14 years.
These cats are prone to some genetic health problems. So, only buy your cat from a reputable breeder who will give you a health guarantee.
Furthermore, wait until a kitten reaches 4 months to avoid any Manx Syndrome issues.
This breed has a dense short coat with a soft under layer and coarse outer layer. The coat lies close to the body and has a fine texture. This breed is easy to groom and needs to be brushed twice a week.
Use a grooming glove to remove dead hair, stimulate circulation and give your cat a massage. Generally, this breed doesn’t shed a lot. However, they start to lose hair during the shedding season. Therefore, you will have to brush your cat more often during spring and fall.
These cats aren’t afraid of water, thus you won’t have troubles giving your cat a bath. Use a good cat shampoo and be careful not to rub the tail excessively while giving a bath.
This breed comes in a variety of different colors and patterns.
Most commonly seen colors in this breed are Blue, Black, Red, Cream and Silver. The various patterns seen in this breed are tortoiseshell, solid, bi-color, calico, and tabby.
Chocolate and lilac colors and the pointed pattern aren’t permitted in the breed’s standard.
If socialized properly from a young age, the Manx Cat is a perfect choice for families with children. These cats love to retrieve toy balls and will happily play with kids for hours. Just teach your child how to handle a cat, and pay attention that he doesn’t play with her tail.
The Manx gets along with other pets as long as they respect its authority.
The mellow Manx likes games and will enjoy playing with cat feather teaser. To keep your cat exercised play with her for at least 15 minutes every day. When you aren’t around, keep your cat entertained and stimulated with puzzle toys.