Manx Cats & Kittens for Sale

The Manx cat, originating from the Isle of Man, is best known for its lack of tail and sweet nature. The Manx is described as being entirely tailless rather than bobtail, but in reality, many have a small stub. This distinctive feature occurs from a natural mutation rather than a result of selective breeding.

The Manx is an old breed, thought to have been around since the 19th century. They served as both ship cats and vermin hunters before joining cat shows in Great Britain. Since then, they have become popular feline companions, loved for their gentle temperament and easy-going nature.

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Meet the Manx cat

The Manx is a medium-sized cat with a distinct round, stocky body. Females typically weigh 8 to 10 pounds, and males can weigh up to 13 pounds. They have broad chests, sloping shoulders, and their front legs are noticeably shorter than their hind legs.

Their heads are also round, which sits atop a long neck. They have large eyes, rounded ears and a slightly small nose. Gold is the most common eye colour, but shades vary, and copper and green hues are typical.

Interestingly, not all Manx are tailless, and some have normal-length tails. These Manx are known as ‘longies,’ while tailless Manx are known as ‘Rumpies.’ Additionally, some may have a stump (stumpies) or a half-length tail (stubbies).

The typical Manx will be short-haired, although long-haired Manx are possible too. Their coats are thick and double-layered regardless of the length, making them well suited to cold British weather. However, both short and long-haired Manx shed a fair amount, especially in spring and autumn. Therefore, brushing them at least twice a week is recommended.

Because Manx cats have been extensively cross-bred, they can come in all colours and patterns. Tabby and tortoiseshell remain the most common, but you can easily find Manx cats with white, black, cream, silver, and brown fur, either solid or mixed. Other colours are possible, too, although less common.

The temperament of a Manx cat

Manx cats have an ideal balance between being loyal and independent, making them easy-going felines to have in the home. They love receiving attention, and some may follow their owners around, staying close to their humans at all times.

The Manx is an extremely intelligent breed, and many of them can learn to play fetch and perform tricks. They are playful and interactive and love nothing more than play sessions with their favourite humans. They can also be pretty vocal, but they speak with a quiet trill rather than a whining meow.

While they are friendly with their owners, they can act a little shy towards strangers. Therefore, early socialization is vital with this breed. The more people and animals they meet as a kitten, the more adaptable they will be as an adult.

As prized hunters, domestic Manx cats still display impressive hunting skills. Even as kittens, they can take down prey that is almost the same size as them! They sprint at lightning speed but possess more of a bunny-like hopping motion rather than a traditional stride. So naturally, they love to hunt prey and explore outside. However, if you decide to keep your Manx as an indoor cat, ensure they have plenty of toy mice to chase instead.

10 reasons to add a Manx to your family

  1. They are affectionate yet independent - A Manx cat will regularly show their love with cuddles and nudges. However, they are smart enough to see when you’re busy and respect your space.
  2. They will keep your home free from vermin - You can’t find a better hunter than a Manx, so if you have any rodents or vermin around, your Manx will keep your home pest-free.
  3. They will entertain you - The Manx is an excellent jumper that can reach high spaces. They also sped around the home chasing toys or even invisible prey. Therefore, their playful antics make great entertainment.
  4. They hop like rabbits - Another funny antic of the Manx cat is their bunny-like hop!
  5. They are super smart - The intelligence of a Manx will amaze you. They can sense your moods, learn tricks, and quickly understand the house rules.
  6. They have a gentle nature - Although some can be a little shy, they are super sweet and gentle towards people, children and other animals.
  7. They come in many colours - When choosing a Manx kitten, you’ll see they can be a wide range of shades and patterns, so you can find the one that is most appealing to you.
  8. They make good pets for children - Thanks to their loving and gentle disposition, the Manx makes an excellent pet for young kids. They adore the attention and do not lash out.
  9. They are adapted for cold weather - Originating from the Isle of Man, Manx cats with their thick, double coats can stay warm in freezing weather.
  10. They devote themselves to their owners - Once a Manx bonds with a human that bond lasts for life. Witnessing the strengthening connection with a Manx is one of the most beautiful parts about having this breed as a companion.

Best homes for a Manx cat

A Manx will thrive in any home where they receive plenty of love and attention. They do need an owner who is home regularly, though. So if you work full-time and there is no one else around, they may not be the best breed. Their well-being can suffer if they don’t get sufficient quality time together due to their strong owner attachment.

Manx cats do well with children and other animals, especially when introduced from a young age. In fact, because of their high social needs, we recommend getting a pair of Manx kittens or another feline companion for your baby Manx. Like many breeds, Manx kittens thrive when they grow up with a buddy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Manx Kittens

Why should I choose a Manx kitten from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
Despite prohibitive breeding laws in place in Britain and parts of the EU, illegal cat breeding businesses sadly still exist. However, kitten welfare is the number one priority of The Pedigree Paws, and we strive to fight against unethical pet farms. Therefore, we run extensive checks before partnering with any breeder. These controls ensure that we only work with professional, ethical breeders who are as passionate about animal welfare as we are. What's more, all our breeders are licensed, registered and work privately, raising their Manx kittens in their homes. Thanks to our comprehensive requirements and checks, we have fast become a trustworthy matchmaking agency for British and European kitten lovers.
Is a Manx the right kitten for me?
While Manx cats are easy-going, they develop very close bonds with their owners, and thus, need humans who are home regularly. They will do great with older couples who are retired or families where one parent is often home. With a Manx kitten, early socialisation is critical. Although the breeder will have started the process, you should introduce them to people and other animals straight away. This way, they will act confidently towards strangers. A Manx kitten thrives when they grow up with other cats, so they are an excellent choice for those who are looking for a furry friend for an existing young cat.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
At The Pedigree Paws, our mission is to facilitate a pleasant, stress-free experience for cat lovers buying a new kitten. We act 100% transparently, so you will know exactly where your kitten is coming from. Plus, we thoroughly explain the process, so you know what to expect and can focus on enjoying the exciting experience. We do not support any illegal pet breeding farm, so you know they are coming from a good home when you buy a Manx kitten from us. We have carefully selected the most ethical breeders and can confidently say all kittens on our platform receive excellent care. You can also read the impressive reviews from many of our past happy customers, which reflect this.
Are Manx kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Kitten health and welfare is our principal concern, so we would never sell any kitten that is not entirely healthy. Plus, every breeder we work with follows strict health protocols set by breeding organisations and us. One thing we require from them is proof that each Manx kitten has had a full health checkup with a licensed vet. Another requirement is that they conduct DNA tests for both parents of their Manx kittens. This proves their heritage and checks for genetic diseases, which is essential for the Manx breed as some can have inherited diseases. Furthermore, the breeder will deworm, microchip, and vaccinate your Manx kitten for you.
When can I receive my new Manx kitten?
No kitten should leave their mum until they are at least eight weeks old at a minimum. However, we like to keep them together until they are 10-13 weeks old, as typically, this is when they are fully weaned and ready. Therefore, the exact age you receive them will depend on the kitten and breeder, who will confirm the date with you.
Can I see the parents of a Manx kitten before purchase?
Yes, we will happily arrange a virtual meeting between you and the breeder before purchasing your Manx kitten. So, via video call, you can see the parents of your new kitten and check that they come from healthy Manx cats.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Manx kitten?
Yes, when you buy a Manx kitten through The Pedigree Paws platform, you will receive official documents from one of the top pedigree organisations, such as GCCF or TICA. As a result, the pedigree record of your Manx will be recognisable worldwide.
Do your Manx kittens come from good breeders?
Before we start to work with a breeder, we carry out thorough checks, ensuring they are registered, licensed and ethical. As a result, we can say that all our Manx breeders are the best in the industry and treat the kittens they raise like family. All our breeders meet the top pedigree organisations' regulations, too. Therefore, you can rest assured that your baby Manx has had the very best care, is in top health, and thrive in their new home with you.
Are your Manx kittens raised in a family home or a breeding facility?
You will not find any breeding facilities on The Pedigree Paws as all our breeders raise their Manx kittens in their own homes. A family home is the best environment for raising kittens. They gain vital socialisation with humans and often other pets, plus they spend 100%of their time with the mother cat. We do not associate with any commercial breeding business as these places run extremely unethically, keeping kittens in cages. What's more, they will often keep the kittens separate from the mother cat and wean them too early, which will lead to development issues.
How can I help my Manx kitten settle into my home?
Your Manx kitten might be a little nervous around you initially, but as they are still young, they tend to warm up to new people pretty quickly. However, leaving their mother may be an upsetting experience for them, so we recommend making the process as stress-free as possible. To avoid overwhelming them, set them up in a cosy space in a small room for the first day or two. Try to spend as much time as possible petting and playing with them during this time so you can start building a bond straight away. If you have other animals in the home, postpone introducing them until your baby Manx feels settled.