All about Manx cats
A very old breed of cat which has no tail.
From the Isle of Man, a famous and much-loved cat breed, this cat even has its likeness minted on a coin. The Isle of Man is a small island found in the Irish sea, situated between Britain and Ireland.
The legends about Manx cats
There are many ‘tails’ and legends describing the origins of this unique and iconic tailless cat from the Isle of Man.
One of the more likely explanations is that the Manx cat is descended from rat control cats on board ships such as the Spanish Armada galleons, which sunk off the coast and then the ‘rat’ cats may have made their way ashore onto the Isle of Man. Other stories link back to Noah and the Ark and the cat being a latecomer on board and losing its tail in the door of the Ark. Others tell tales of seafaring merchants bringing a tailless cat via the Far East and then this cat breeding on the Ise of Man, resulting in a genetic mutation being carried on and eventually becoming a unique breed. It is impossible at this time to be completely sure of how the breed came to be. What is true is that it is a genetic mutation which has caused the loss of the tail or the appearance of a short stumpy tail.
The Manx cat – appearance and characteristics
A sturdy, muscular cat with strong legs, no tail, or a stumpy, short tail. They are excellent mousers, with speedy reflexes and enjoy hunting. They are also known for their home-loving tendencies and enjoy being inside and in comfort. The Manx cat is an intelligent and friendly breed, making it an excellent cat for individuals and families with children.
The Manx cat has a nice silky coat and only requires a weekly brushing, it has no special dietary requirements and needs no specialist care. They are long-living cats. Manx cats have attractive broad, egg-shaped heads, beautiful round eyes and a cute broad nose, with rounded ears.
Did you know?
Because the Manx cat has longer hind legs than front legs it has a hopping gait – a bit like a rabbit.
What is a Rumpy?
A rumpy is a true completely tail-less cat from the Isle of Man. You will often find a little tuft of hair at the point of where the tail should start from.
What is a Stumpy?
A stumpy is a Manx cat with the residual of a tail- a stumpy short tail, sometimes also known as ‘Stubbin’.
The personality of the Manx cat
Even-tempered, friendly, easy to train and home-loving the Manx cat makes an affectionate companion as well as an ideal cat for families with young children. Lovely cats with great personalities who enjoy playing. They get on well with people and are not shy cats.
Breeding Manx cats
Breeding can be a problem with this cat. Mating two tailless cats can result in kittens who are malformed. The tail-less trait is a dominant gene and pure Manx cats can die in the womb due to excessive shortening of the spine. A Rumpy can be bred with a Manx cat with a tail as the gene is dominant.
Health problems in Manx cats
Spina bifida can be an issue – increasing the amount of vitamin B in the diet of breeding females (queens) is recommended to help prevent this.
Rumpies (no tail Manx cats) can have a deficient nerve supply to the base of the spine and can suffer from varying degrees of paralysis of the back legs and also urinary incontinence.
The ‘Ren and Stimpy’ show on television based the cat ‘Stimpy’ on a Manx Cat.
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