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Manx Cat Breed: Characteristic, Personality & Care

by Mohamad Rustam
Manx cat

The Manx cat is a breed of cats that have no tails, and are known for their sweet dispositions. They’ve been favorite sailors or farmers since being around centuries ago due to their gentle nature and hunting abilities. The Manx cat is medium-sized stocky and heavily boned. The round rump gives her the appearance of being larger than she actually is, which fans may not notice until they pick up their adult cats that can be quite heavy in weight.

The Manx cat is a lovable, affectionate type of feline who hails from the Isle of Man. They are best known for their taillessness and have large eyes with thick coats in many colors such as tabby, tortoiseshell, or calico. The Cymric (pronounced Kim-rick) is an equally loving longhaired variety that shares most features except coat length to its counterpart breed; both breeds share many characteristics including having solid bodies and round heads.

A Manx cat is a highly intelligent breed that can be taught tricks and given treats for playing with puzzle toys. He should always come from an experienced breeder who raises kittens in the home, ensuring they’re handled at all times.

The Manx cat has existed for hundreds of years. Since the Isle didn’t have an indigenous feline species from which it could develop, people came to settle there with their domestic cats and that’s how they probably got started.

The origin of the Manx cat’s taillessness is uncertain. Researchers think that it may be due to a spontaneous mutation within domestic cats on Isle, which was an isolated and closed environment with a limited gene pool. The dominant tail-lacking trait easily spread through generations because there were only a few types of felines living in this small island community

Manx cat

Height 7 – 11 inch
Weight 8 – 12 pounds
Kid-Friendly  High
Friendliness  High
Shedding Amount Medium
Playfulness  High
Life span  8 to 13 years
Intelligence  High
Vocalness Medium
Colors White, black, orange, ebony,  gray, silver, brown, cream, beige

Appearance

The Manx cat is known for a variety of physical characteristics, but there’s one feature that stands out: their heads are round. In fact, they even have “round eyes” and ears with rounded shapes. Additionally, the hind legs of these cats can be noticeably longer than their front ones so when they stand or move around in any way it will seem as if both ends touch each other to create something akin to an oval shape!

The Manx cat moves very much like a rabbit. They move both hind legs in unison to give them the appearance of bunny hopping, their fur is thick and double-coated which makes it healthy but also cold tolerant, there are many color combinations with orange being most common followed by tabby then tortoiseshell.

Despite being known as a short-haired cat, long-haired cats of the same genetic makeup do exist. How these cats are treated is up for some debate: The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) says that Manx can be both long or short-haired but all exhibit them to have only shorter hair regardless of actual coat length. Other governing bodies in Europe and Asia list the Cymric breed apart from other existing breeds; this type has longer fur than most others on record since its creation date in the 1950s/’60s at Isle Of Man where their first appearance was noted by British sailors who brought back two specimens with longer coats after visiting an island off Scotland.

Characteristics

The Manx cat is a completely tailless breed, your hand will slide right down the rump with no stopping and not feeling any protrusion. These cats are called Rumpies. Not every Manx cat is completely tailless; some have small stumps of tails while others have tiny nubs that rise when petted by their owners due to age. The kittens may be born full-tailed or half-tailed depending on whether they’re related to other breeds in their lineage (such as Persians).

Manx cat

Body

The Manx cat is a muscular and sturdy breed that appears powerful without looking coarse. The constant curves make the cat appear substantial with plenty of depth to its body when viewed from one side. Broad chested, rib cage well-sprung in appearance while remaining compact, it has minimized bone structure for ease of movement.

Legs

The Manx cat has short forelegs with a broad, deep chest. Its hind legs are much longer than its front ones and cause the rump to be higher than the shoulders while also having five toes in front and four behind.

Head

The Manx has a round head with prominent cheeks and a jowly appearance. The face is medium in length, with a gentle dip from forehead to nose. There are definite whisker breaks along the side of the muzzle that creates a strong chin area which makes it look like there are large, circular pads around the mouth as well for an even more unique design!

Eyes

Manx cats have large and round eyes with a slight slant towards the nose. Their outer corners sit higher than their inner ones, which are usually golden to copper in color. There’s an odd number of them: one is blue or green while the other can be hazel depending on its coat color.

Color

The Manx cat is a color that is All colors and patterns with the exception of those showing evidence of hybridization resulting in chocolate, lavender, or Himalayan pattern. The only other allowed color for this type of cat would be white as well.

Manx cat

Care

The double coat of the Manx cat requires a lot of care to keep it looking smooth and free from tangles. It sheds twice per year, so brushing daily is necessary during these periods.

Some of the biggest challenges faced by Manx cats are associated with taillessness. Partial tails can get arthritis, and sometimes kittens born without a tail will have kinked short ones instead if there is incomplete growth during development.

For an easy grooming experience, brush your Manx’s coat once or twice a week to remove dead hair. You can expect him to shed more heavily during the spring and fall seasons – therefore it is important that you groom him even more frequently at these times! Trim his nails weekly for good health and clean up any excess dirt in his ears with vet-approved pet wipes every now and then. He will have fresh breath as well since brushing your cat’s teeth helps keep the tartar down too!

 

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