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The Manx Cat

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

manx-cat1The Manx cat breed originated before the 1700’s on the Isle of Man.  These tailless cats were very common on the island during that time.  Manx cats do not have a tail due to a genetic mutation.

Manx cats are medium sized, plump and muscular. They have a rounded head and prominent cheeks.  Their hind legs are longer than their front legs. Some “seedy” cat dealers have been know to cut off the tails of kittens and sell them as Manx.  There are both short haired Manx and long haired Manx cats.

One legend says that the Manx cat resulted from a litter of a cat and a rabbit because they do not have a tail and they have longer hind lets.

Manx cats make great pets. They are intelligent, active and fun loving.  Get them plenty of cat toys to keep them occupied. They form a strong bond with their owners. They are also fascinated with water.  They are excellent jumpers because of their hind legs and are also superior hunters.