Cat breeds
General Description

A sweet and very social breed

I love Manx cats! They have the sweetest personality and are quite dog-like in their ability to fetch toys and to walk with a harness and leash. They are very easygoing with each other, which makes for a tension-free "furmily." They are always nearby and love social interaction. They travel well and are extremely healthy.

Adopt a Manx and smile as they Bunny Hop across your heart! Their long hind legs allow them to run at amazing speeds and jump to amazing heights. Watching them play is a delight! They really are adorable inside and out. Every tale is a Happy Ending with a Manx. If you're looking for variety, Manx range from no tail to full tail and every length in between. They are very intelligent but they won't hold that against you! :) They are precious and priceless. They love to be held like a baby in your arms and can also curl up in their favorite spot if you are busy. They are very photogenic so if you love photography, keep your camera nearby for all the Manx Moments!

  • Active
  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Independent
  • Calm
Living Conditions
Suitable for

Manx cats are extremely adaptable to almost any household that gives them love. X  They are active, energetic, and sociable, yet are also calm and tolerant.  They can do quite well in a household with children who have been taught to respect cats.  They also are very accepting of dogs in the home. X  And yet, while they are quite active, they are a perfect choice for older individuals, as they are very attentive and hospitable.  Provide them with toys and scratching surfaces, and when they have had enough fun, they are ready and willing to sit on your lap or beside you on the couch.  Manx cats will usually want to be where you are, so be prepared for a constant companion.  They are not usually hiding in another room! 

Temperament

Manx cats are famous for being even-tempered and tolerant.  They are highly intelligent and can be trained to perform a variety of behaviors.  They are very active and energetic, and have a high level of curiosity.  They love to learn, and they are always exploring.  If left to their own creativity (and they are quite imaginative and creative!) they will manage to teach themselves how to do plenty of things that may or may not be acceptable in your particular household. They like to climb, and to explore in every corner, including cupboards, cabinets, and closets. Heights are always preferred by cats, and Manxes are no exception.  Expect to find them perched on upper shelves in your closet or on top of the refrigerator!  They are very sociable, and will usually greet even strangers with some level of hospitality.  They enjoy being the center of attention, and will make themselves noticed, by being where you are, and by vocalizing.  In short, when you welcome a Manx into your home, be prepared to have them become involved in nearly every aspect of your daily life. 

Health

The Manx is a fairly hardy breed.  The most well-known health problem of the Manx is a condition called "Manx Syndrome", which is a genetic mutation causing some kittens to be born with no tail at all (called a "Rumpy" by breeders). The health problems that may occur are a result of a shortened spine caused by the dominant mutant gene.  They may include:

* Spina bifida  - occurs as the result of a congenital spinal defect that affects the spine and the spinal cord. The condition is due to a vertebra that is defective. 

* Missing vertebrae 

* Fused vertebra 

* Shortened vertebra 

* Poorly developed sacral bone 

* Poorly developed pelvic bone 

* Bowel problems including fetal incontinence and constipation resulting from deformities in the development of the spine. 

* Bowel stoppage - can result from an anal opening that is too narrow. 

* Bladder problems 

* Digestive problems 

* Hind leg paralysis - may be caused from the spine being too short. 

* A crippled gait

Manx Syndrome most frequently occurs when two "rumpies" are bred.  Most responsible breeders today use at least one Manx with a tail in their breeding program. 

The other, less-known and infrequent health problem is arthritis in the tail and rear legs.  This is debated, as to whether this is specific to the Manx breed, or is simply an indication of age, and the breed is irrelevant.  

Contributors: CityKitty and Ima