The Manx Cat
The CFA has recognized the Manx as a specific cat breed since around the 1920’s. In all of the 40 or so breeds listed with the CFA, the Manx is definitely one of the most unique. It’s main distinguishing feature is its lack of a tail. The gene that causes the lack of tail is dominant, and new kittens may possibly be born without a tail, or have a small rise, which is known as a rumpy riser. They may have a shorter tail, or a normal, long tail. Some breeders have discovered that it is entirely possibly for a single litter to contain a variety of tail features, some may have long tails, and some may have no tail. However, for competition sake, only the “rumpy riser” or completely tailless Manx are eligible to compete.
Another distinguishing feature is the Manx’s coat. Though the hair may be long or short, it is always soft and silky. The longer hair cats have a coat of about medium length, and the hair on the breeches, abdomen, and neck will essentially be longer than that on the main body. The shorter haired cats have a double coat. outer hairs, called guard hairs, are hard, and appear glossy.
The Manx always looks like an angel. Their expression is sweet and loving. They also have a rounded shape. Just imagine a cat drawn by circles. The head is round with very rounded cheeks. You might say it looks jolly. The back legs are generally longer than the front lets, so the rump is slightly higher than the shoulders, and there seems to be an arch that runs from the rump to the shoulders, due to the short back.
The Manx is an all around playful and loving cat. They bond very deep, and once they have bonded with someone, it is difficult for them to be removed from that person. They are often found perched on the highest point in a room, due to their high jumping ability. Their hind quarters are very strong, and can send them jumping higher than you might expect. They also find joy in “fetching” and burying toys, much like a dog. They are a fine choice for a family pet, as they are even tempered and love human affection, as cats normally do.
Origination of the Manx is believed to have started on the Isle of Man, just off the coast of England. Many trade ships hundreds of years ago had ship cats, and it has not yet been established which parent cat was the originator. Island records have indicated that the Manx is a mutation of domestic cats on the island. It is not known, however, if any of the island cats came from the ships. The complete origination of the Manx may forever be a secret.
It is agreed, however, that the Manx is indeed a treasure. It’s recommended to keep the cat inside, and spay or neuter it as soon as acceptable. Also, a scratching post is a definite necessity, as the CFA disapproves of the declawing surgery. All in all, the Manx is a joy to have around, is very loving, and not a big chore to care for. The Manx would make a loving and interesting addition to any family.