Manx Cat Info and Facts
Size: Small to Medium
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Activity Level: Medium
Coat: Long, Full
Temperament: Social but shy, playful, highly intelligent, affectionate
Information / Facts: The Manx was recognized as a separate breed sometime in the 1800s. This cat is know for its lack of a tail, or teeny, stubby tail if it has one at all. The Manx is believed to have originated on the Isle of Man, which helped the cat get its name. Thankfully, in cats, balance is controlled by the animal's inner ear, unlike dogs who control balance with their tail. As a result, this cat has no issues with balance or walking and running.
Pros: The Manx is very loving to its human family members, but can be shy with strangers until it gets to know them. This cat is very intelligent and affectionate. It is a great cat for families and those who live alone and want someone to snuggle with. This cat is relatively low-maintenance, making it a great choice for those with active lifestyles. The cat is also playful and energetic, making it a good choice for families with older children who wish for a small playmate. Manx owners should have lots of cat-appropriate toys on hand to keep this cat occupied and happy during the day and evenings, as the Manx is generally not content to sleep the day away on a warm windowsill.
Cons: The Manx can be prone to issues with arthritis, which is very painful for the cat. The lack of a tail can shorten the cat's spine and cause many spinal and bone issues for the animal. Feline spina bifida, bowel, kidney and bladder issues are prominent in the Manx breed. Some of these cats also have problems with constipation due to their spinal makeup. This can be life-threatening if not monitored by the owner and treated right away.