There are a lot of stories about how the Manx lost her tail. Some legends say that the Irish stole it to use as a helmet plume: we do NOT suggest this. Another yarn suggests Manxes are the result of rabbit-cat romance. Yet another blames Noah for slamming the breed's erstwhile tail in the door of his Ark. OUCH.
Most likely this cat's stubby butt is the result of a genetic mutation, but nobody tells tales of spontaneous feline mutations around the campfire. (Well, almost nobody. We don't know your life.) Though they're naturally bobbed about the buttocks, this kitty's not lacking anything when it comes to jumping ability or balance.
This rare breed hails from the Isle of Man, and even appears on the island's postage stamps. She can grow to between 8-12 pounds and lives an average of 15-18 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
You can SEE me thinking
Call me Fido
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE MANX'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Manxes are social and love to be around their people as much as possible. Good-tempered and easygoing, this breed thrives on routine and company of the two—or four-legged variety. These are playful, gentle cats who do well with families.
WHAT IS MANX'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is a playful and affectionate breed. Manxes are dexterous and clever, so don't be surprised if yours always seems to get the cabinet with the treats inside open.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY MANX ENTERTAINED?
These smarty-paws enjoy learning tricks and outsmarting puzzle toys that yield treats or kibble. Manxes also like playing fetch and carrying their toys around. Try rotating toys in and out of her toybox. She'll continuously get to discover “new” things and feel like the luckiest Manx around.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO MANXES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Rumpies, or tailless Manxes, are the variation you're most likely to see in the show ring. But cats of this breed can range from no tails (Rumpies) to short tails (Rumpy-risers) to shortish tails (Stumpies) to full tails (Longies). Whatever your Manx has going on her back end, plan to comb yours every week.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming. Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO MANXES HAVE?
This is a generally healthy breed. Manxes can be susceptible to spinal defects which can manifest as problems with urinating or defecating. Tail-less cats should never be bred together, since this can lead to genetic spinal deformations.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE MANXES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Manxes aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
If you're worried about allergies, consider male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. Short—or wiry-haired cats do tend to be easier keepers than their long-haired cousins. But shedding less doesn't make this breed hypoallergenic. Dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS MY MANX'S BEST DAY?
Your Manx will enjoy “helping” your with daily tasks, whether by dropping her butt on your keyboard or surprising you while you shower. They also enjoy exploring the outdoors, so consider training yours to walk on a leash.
SHOULD I ADOPT A MANX?
Manxes fit well in many types of household, as long as you stick to a routine and don't try to move them around too much. These are affectionate and playful kitties. If you're in search of a distinctive-looking feline friend with a storied past, the Manx is a purrfect fit.
Have you decided that a Manx is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.