Named after the Isle of Man, Manx cats are known for being tailless. This feature is actually the result of a genetic disorder. Manxes, whose tails do not develop due to inflammation in their tails, are divided into species according to their tail lengths. Almost tailless, Rumpy Manxs cats are the most well-known Manx breed. The tail shapes of Rumpy Riser Manxes are similar to rabbit tails. Stumpy Manx is a very short-tailed species. Unlike these, Longies Manxes have a tail that is close to normal in length.
There are many different stories about the homeland of Manx cats. One is the story that they were kept to hunt rats on a ship bound for Ireland, and that they escaped to the Isle of Man when the ship sank. According to another rumor, Manx cats were brought to the Isle of Man by traders from Japan. Another myth is that these cats came to the island with the Vikings from Scandinavia. Other characteristic features of this cat breed, which is not very common in Turkey, are their love of water, their active nature and their very friendly nature.
Manx Cat General Characteristics
- Although it is accepted that their homeland is the British Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, there are different opinions on this issue.
- It is a medium sized cat breed. Male Manxes weigh between 4-6 kilograms. In females, this number can be up to 5 kilograms.
- They have a very short tail due to an inflammatory condition. There are types according to their tail lengths.
- There are two breeds of Manx cats according to their coat. Longhaired ones are called Longhair Manx or Cymric, and shorthaired ones are called Shorthair Manx.
- Their feathers can be many different colors, but they often have patterned feathers.
- They can take a long time to reach adulthood compared to other cat breeds. This process can take up to 4-5 years.
- They are not afraid of water, they even like to play with it.
- They are friendly, warm cats. They are social animals.
- They are very playful and even mischievous cats.
- They are excellent hunters.
- They are chatty cats, purring around the house and meowing their wishes to their owner.
- They are smart cats. They are not difficult to train.
- There are hereditary diseases.
- Their life span is 8 to 14 years.
Manx Cat Care
Manx cats, which are not difficult to care for, are very playful and active creatures. They become the joy of the house with their energy to lead to mischief. If you want a cheerful cat that will come running to you to play with the water every time you turn on the tap, Manx is for you. They also love to play and climb with their owners. It will be in your best interest to have a cat scratching board or house where they can climb in the houses where they are in order to get rid of their energy . Otherwise, they can climb on every tall cabinet in the house and mess up.
Manxes, who are very jealous of their owners, want constant attention. These warm-blooded cats, who get along well with other pets as long as they are not too close to their owners, love to sleep in their owners’ laps.