Stub Tail or Tailless
the Manx Cat is
a Beautiful Creature
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The Stub Tail Manx: Medium sized and requires
lot's of Love from their human Companions
By: Baby Kitty and Sir Alfred
The Manx is a cat with a genetic spine mutation that results
in a shortened tail. The mutation leads to a range of
different tail lengths. This from the length of an average cat's
tail to no tail at all and just a dimple where the tail
should be. Many Manx cats have a "stub" tail, but the most
well known Manx is the tailless. Being tailless is the Manx
cat's most well known characteristic.
Manx cats are said to be very skilled hunters and many can
even take down prey larger than themselves when they are
kittens. They have long been used by farmers to control the
rodent populations for that reason.
The Manx breed originated on the Isle of Man, between Great
Britain and Ireland, where they are common still. In the
Manx language the cats are known as "stubbin". For as long
as three hundred years the tailless cats have been common on
the island. The genetic mutation for short or missing tails
is believed to have arisen due to the closed genetic base on
the island. This is an example of the "founder effect".
It is believed that the original ancestors of the Manx breed
came from a Spanish Armada ship that foundered on Spanish
Rock on the coast of the Isle of Man. According to the tale,
the cats from that ship swam ashore and became the modern
Manx breed. It is suggested that these cats originally were
taken aboard the Spanish ship when the ship was in the Far
The CFA considers the Manx to be a rare breed, especially
when the Manx is white in color. A white color Manx has been
sold for over four thousand dollars. The Manx is comfortable
in an environment where it doesn't snow. In general they
like warm climates.
The Manx has back legs that are longer than the front legs.
This creates an appearance of a rounded back, showing a
continuous arch from shoulder to rump. They have a stride
that is almost like a hop because of this. This cat breed
also has ears that are smaller than those of most cats; with
a round head shape, large, expressive eyes and a small,
round nose. Manx cats can come in a wide variety of colors
including calico, tabby, tortoiseshell, and all solid
The standard Manx has two different coat lengths. The Manx
with short hair has a short undercoat and a longer coarser
outer coat that is thick with guard hairs. The longhaired
Manx is also called the Cymric by some cat registries. It
has a double coat that is medium length with a silky texture
and a longer length of hair on the neck ruff, belly and
britches. Tufts of fur are on the ends of each ear and
between the cat's toes.
Picture Manx Cat
Feeding and Care of the Manx Cat
Jane Bicks, D.V.M.
Of medium size, this tailless Manx is a wily cat
who is deceptively powerful, yet very loveable and
in need of loving care from it's owner.
It's awkward gait and build are genetic, not
caused by a nutritional deficiency.
The Manx's thick, double coat needs regular brushing
and a good fatty acid supplement with zinc. The
calcium/phosphorus ratio must not be compromised by
the addition of a supplement to an alternative premium
If you are feeding an alternative premium cat food, add bee pollen,
but if you are feeding a supermarket cat food, add a
well rounded supplement with vitamins, minerals,
amino acids and fats.
Personality wise, a Manx cat is a one person pet, perfect
for single owners. They love to play and exercise,
which will keep their weight down.
Give your Manx Kitty the Best Food Possible
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