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The tail of the Manx cat

Saturday, July 23, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

If you first see a Manx cat or kitten, you just may do a double take.  This cat is often born without a tail even if the mother cat has one.  The tailless gene is quite dominant, so one Manx litter can be very diverse.  Kittens may be tailless, bushy tailed or look like their tail was chopped off in some kind of accident. The story of why this cat is tailless is hundreds of years old.  The Manx was thought to originate off the coast of England on the Isle of Mann.  This breed was one of the first to be recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.  The tailless Manx is the desired show cat but any Manx makes a great pet. Many times the Manx’s personality is compared to that of a dog.  This very active cat will run, play and even fetch cat toys.

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