When she’s not hunting bugs or rodents or standing guard, the Manx is an affectionate, even-tempered and playful cat. She loves to follow her favorite person from room to room and curling up on their lap for a snooze. Your Manx will even carry on a conversation with you in her quiet trill.
When exposed to new activities, people and animals from a young age, the Manx is adaptable and even enjoys meeting and greeting new people. She’s smart enough to learn tricks like fetch and walking on a leash. Your Manx makes a great road-trip companion, as she enjoys riding in cars, and she likes to play with water. She can learn to open doors and turn on faucets. As a people-oriented cat, she needs lots of attention so don’t leave her alone for hours at a time.
Although the breed is known for their lack of tail, not all Manx are tailless. Some have normal-length tails (known as “longies”) while others have nubs or stumps (called “stumpies”). The tailless Manx are called “rumpies” and a rumpy with a rise of bone at the end of her spine is called a “riser”.
In addition to the variations in tail length, Manx are a round cat overall. They have a round head with large, round eyes, a stout body, broad chest, and round rear. Their front legs are much shorter than their hind legs, so their rear sits higher than their shoulders. Manx can have short or long coats. Longhaired Manx are called Cymric in some cat associations.
8 to 14 years
Manx cats come in a vast range of colors and patterns, from solids to tabbies to calicos. The pointed pattern (as seen in the Siamese) is not permitted, nor is chocolate or lavender.
Manx cats shed, particularly during the spring and fall. Brush their double coat regularly to remove loose hair.
The Manx is generally healthy, but they may suffer from some specific diseases and conditions, including:
Your adult Manx cat requires complete and balanced nutrition to keep her healthy and active. Consider a cat food such as Purina Cat Chow Complete or opt for a weight management formula like Purina Cat Chow Indoor to help her maintain a healthy weight.
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Unlike most cat breeds, the Manx doesn’t reach full maturity for about 5 years. She only needs kitten food for the first year or so of her life, after which she can transition to a complete and balanced cat food for all life stages. During the first year of her life, feed her a complete and balanced kitten food to ensure she receives essential nutrients for healthy growth and development, such as Purina Kitten Chow Nurture.
Although their origin isn’t entirely known, records date the Manx to 1750 or later. The breed may have originated on the Isle of Man off the coast of Britain, or a tailless cat may have hitched a ride on a ship to the island, spreading her genes upon her arrival.
The island became known for the tailless cats, which is how they got their name. It was one of the first cats represented at some of the first shows held in Great Britain and was one of the founding breeds of the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1906. It wasn’t recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) until 1979 and is now recognized by many associations.