About the Manx cat
The Manx cat breed is a wonderfully different breed of cat. As if you can’t already tell what makes this cat different? That’s right – they have no tail! Well, some do:
- ‘Rumpy’s have no tail.
- ‘Rumpy Risers’ have a rise of bone at the of the tail – a stump.
- ‘Longies’ have a tail that’s longer than a stump.
So, typically the Manx cat draws its attention as a particularly different breed of domestic house cat because of its unique look.
Read on to find out more about this breed of cats temperament and what characteristics make it a wonderful domestic pet.
Manx cat history
The history of the Manx cat is somewhat filled with fairy tales and folklore but the truth isn’t as exciting.
Some would say the Manx cat lost its tail because it was late getting on board the Ark, the door was slammed shut on its tail! Meeowch!
Some would say that Irish or Viking raiders would steal kittens for their tails, which were considered good luck charms, so the mother cat would bite them off!
As wonderful as those tails are though, we know the Manx cats’ lack of tail is due to a genetic deformity. Worry not though, as you read on you will see how this cat is just as nimble and quick as a full tailed cat.
The Manx cat originates from the Isle of Man which is a small remote Island off of the coast of Great Britain. It is thought that due to the remoteness of this Island is why the Manx cat managed to breed, and grow with its recessive gene – Centuries of inbreeding.
It is unknown whether the Manx was born on the Island or whether it was a stowaway on a ship trading or raiding the Island.
The Manx cat was one of the first cats so be represented at some of the first cat shows to ever be held in Great Britain. They are thought to date back to the 1750s or even earlier.
Manx cat appearance
Apart from the obvious missing tail, the Manx cat is a particularly handsome breed of cat. It has a solid muscular body, round head – wide ears and large round eyes. Her coat is short and plush and she also comes in a long-haired variety – The Cymric.
Their front legs are often shorter than their rear legs and are often noted as a well-rounded cat in their physical appearance. Their rear legs are powerful with thick muscular thighs, it was often the speculation the Manx was a cross breed of Rabbit and Cat. Obviously, we now know this is pretty much impossible!
The Manx is available in many different colors and pattern varieties apart from chocolate, lavender and pointed colors.
Manx Cat Size
The Manx is a medium to large sized cat and can weigh between 9 – 14 lbs.
Females can weigh from 7 – 11 lbs.
Manx Cat Personality and characteristics
The Manx cat makes a wonderful domestic house cat. She is loving and well natured, more often than not she will happily follow you from room to room to keep you company or find a spot next to you whilst you work
She loves a lap cuddle whilst you’re watching T.V and gets along with children and other cat-friendly pets. The Manx is an intelligent cat and loves to be stimulated through play and puzzle toys which reward her with a treat.
The Manx cat was known to be a fantastic mouser so your home will be well protected when she is around, from stray dogs or anything she deems as suspicious. She will calm down instantly when she sees no reaction from yourself.
Given the Manx is from an Island it makes no surprise to know she likes to play in water from time to time, you may even find her turning on your faucets or dipping into your fish tank if you have one. They love to have a look through cabinets.
The lack of a tail doesn’t stop the Manx from zooming through your house, taking sharp turns and darting around without any loss of balance.
She is known to make a fantastic companion on long car journeys and will happily pick a spot to stare out at the world going by.
With the intelligence, the Manx has she can also be taught to respect boundaries and will even walk on a leash if taught from a young age.
Manx cat health
The Manx cat is known to suffer from a few health defects – predominately relating to his lack of a tail.
- Arthritis of the tail stub
- Corneal dystrophy which develops around four-six months of age
- Manx syndrome which is a cluster of conditions including; Urinary tract infections, difficulties with bowels and digestion – These conditions usually only affect 20% of the breed and will likely show themselves around the four – six-month mark.
When looking to adopt or buy a Manx cat or kitten it is best to wait until around the four-month mark to make sure you Manx cat won’t suffer from any of the health problems mentioned above.
Don’t forget your cat insurance to help towards any costs involved if your cat catches a disease or fall ill from an accident.
8 – 14 years.
Due to the Manx cats soft and smooth coat, grooming is fine left until once a week. Grooming her with a brush helps to remove dead skin cells and distribute skin oil which helps reduce allergies in people and keeps her looking and feeling healthy.
Adopting a Manx cat
When adopting a Manx cat it is important to give them plenty of space and time to adjust to their new surroundings. Teach young children to respect her and not poke or prod her as she may have come from a quiet home.
Make sure she always has access to her safe space and a route to it if needed. If there are other pets in the household she may already be used to dogs and such, but she will learn to leave fish and birds alone with time.
Remember when adopting a Manx cat is important to ask about her previous home to see how she may fit into your life.
If you’re looking for a Manx cat for sale then it is important o look out for the health issues we mentioned above. Manx kittens for sale should be left with their parents until they are at least four months old – to make sure no illnesses arise.
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