About the Manx Cat Breed

When you picture a cat in your mind, the animal probably has a long, gracefully tapering tail. However, one cat breed actually has no tail at all, the Manx cat. While tailless Manx cats are the only type of cat seen in the show ring, you can also find cats known as stumpies or tailies. These cats make wonderful pets, but are disqualified from the show ring because they are not tailless.

The Manx cat is a very historical breed that was first established before the seventeen hundreds on the Isle of Man. Because this cat has longer back legs than front legs, it walks with an unusual gait that many people say looks very much like a bunny hop. When these cats stand still, they hold their back legs bent so that their backs are still fairly straight. Despite its small, very rounded body, the Manx is still solidly built and the breed weighs in at a respectable eight to twelve pounds. This breed’s head is wide and slightly rounded, with prominent cheeks. This cat’s long ears are slightly rounded at the tips and its gold or amber eyes are very round. These unique cats comes in almost every color and pattern available, just like its close relative, the British Shorthair.

Although the Manx is a quiet, occasional placid cat breed, this cat still has a very sweet and playful nature. The gentle attitude of this breed makes it an ideal choice for families, but these cats are also a good choice for career oriented individuals who aren’t home for long periods of time. Although these cats don’t dislike other cats, they don’t need the company of cats to feel contented.

Children enjoy the playful nature of the Manx, which, despite its legs of different lengths, can leap higher than most other breeds. It is quite common for these cats to perch on top of doorways and refrigerators. Many people comment on the dog like traits of this breed. The Manx will actually bury or hide its favorite toys, just as a dog does. You can easily teach your cat to fetch, come when he is called, or other simple tricks.

If you live in an apartment and are concerned that a cat will disturb your neighbors, the quiet little Manx is an ideal choice. These cats can mewl, but usually choose not to.

This cat breed has both longhair and shorthair coats. The shorthair’s coat is fairly thick, but very little grooming is necessary. The longhair has a silky coat that requires very little grooming, as well. Simply brushing through your Manx’s coat once a week should be enough to keep him looking tidy. You should also accustom your cat to having his teeth brushed as a kitten, so you can control tartar and tooth decay as he ages.

If you want a quiet, playful cat with an unusual appearance, then the Manx just may be the ideal breed for you. After all, even if you can’t bear the thought of owning a tailless cat, the tailies have all the characteristics of their tailless siblings.




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  1. We “adopted” a feral cat 10 years ago that quickly became the most lovable, playful lapcat. We learned recently that he is a tabby-colored manx with full tail with beautiful rings around it. He loves to play, is very strong and can leap very high as described. He also has all the skeletal and facial features described above (for the manx with tail), and seldom meows. His name is Pharoah and he is a wonderful part of our family and sleeps in the bed with us at night. He purrs non-stop when being pet.

    Comment by Clemmie on March 9, 2008 1:19 am

  2. my retired police dog”jake” was recently in our back yard (in the country) and found a little black and white tailess kitty.she was terrified.so we took her in and as no one has claimed her,she has joined our menagerie of 2 dogs 1 pony and 6 other rescue kitties…..the vet says she is a manx cat…she does have really long back legs and jumps real high….shes gorgeous and since she came to us on a sunday..thats her name…..

    Comment by claire on August 27, 2008 9:17 pm

  3. when I was at my friends house i phoned my mum (Claire) and she told me that our doggy jake had found a black shorted haired tail less kitten. when i got home on sunday i found the cutest kitten lying on the couch, we named her Sunday. I think it’s funny because she’s our 7th cat and her names Sunday. nobody claimed her so she is now ours. in a few weeks she will get spayed.sunday is very playful at times but prefers to sleep in the day and play at night when we go to sleep. she plays with our deaf cat Fenella Clementine because she’s the only other cat that stays in. she has really long legs and leaps about like a frog. she is also extremely fond of toy mice,chicken and a cat hammock we have.

    Comment by Robyn on August 27, 2008 9:30 pm

  4. Well, it sounds like Jake is a great dog and found a new friend, and Sunday sounds like a great cat!

    Do you have any pictures of Sunday? If you’d like to send me a picture, I could post it here under this category and show off your new cat! If interested … let me know http://PetLvr.com/blog/contact/ for details.. // Thanks!

    Comment by HART (1-800-HART) on August 27, 2008 9:41 pm

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  6. We have a Manx Cat with a tail. His name is Jack. He is a very intelligent cat. He can fetch, he knows his name very well. He will meow as soon as you call his name. He just recently learned how to break into our house. If we have a window open, he will jump up onto the ledge and press the screen in until it just pops out and he’s in. He is a very good mouser. A Manx cat is a very good pet, we love Jack!

    Comment by Sharon on July 28, 2009 6:45 pm

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