A tailless cat originating long ago during the age of the Vikings on the Isle of Man, the Manx breed is known for its robustness, rounded features, and powerful hindquarters that allow it to jump to perches otherwise out of reach for most other species of feline.
Manx cats become devoted to their families and are a playful and intelligent species. Because of their love of interacting with their families the Manx are often described as being very “dog like” in their behavior. These dog like traits run deep enough to create protective qualities where Manx cats have been known to come to the rescue of family members who are in real or supposed danger.
Manx have retained their instinct and love of hunting so you can forget about mouse traps and rat traps. The rodent community soon learns to avoid your house at all costs. Kittens learn early on from their parents how to hunt using whatever props are available such as toys, bugs, and other household objects that may resemble suitable prey.
Did You Know?
Manx cats were some of the original species of show cats, being displayed at the first cat shows in Great Britain, and one of the founding breeds when the CFA was first formed in 1906.
The Manx breed is mostly tailless but still contains at least one gene for creating a full tail. On rare occasions two cats carrying the gene for full tails have been known to produce a full tailed kitten.
The Manx gene has varying effects on the length of tail. True Manx cats have no tail and are known as ‘rumpies’, those with a short stub of a tail are known as ‘stumpies’, and those with a long although not full length tail are referred to as ‘longies’.
Caring for Your Manx Cat
Manx cats are clean but their lack of a tail can cause problems when releasing feces. The fur may trap a small amount and the Manx will use whatever is handy to rid themselves of it, including your furniture and carpet.
Due to their long fur Manx will need regular grooming but this is not a problem due to their love of attention. New foods should be introduced slowly as Manx have also been known to have sensitive stomachs.
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