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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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- They hop like rabbits - Another funny antic of the Manx cat is their bunny-like hop!
- 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.
- They have a gentle nature - Although some can be a little shy, they are super sweet and gentle towards people, children and other animals.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.