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Manx

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Ready for Adventure

Dependent, Friendly, Protective

Manxes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Manxes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Manx and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Muscular, compact, medium-sized, well-balanced Coat:Glossy, short, dense

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: Brush her coat at least weekly.

Dental: Manxes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


He is playful, intelligent, and devoted to his family.

Positive Traits:

  • Energetic and playful

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • An affectionate companion and family cat

  • Alert, curious, and busy

  • Brave and ready for adventure

Negative Traits:

  • Strong prey drive - will chase small animals and moving feet

  • High likelihood of getting to know at least one veterinary specialist


Whether you are considering adding a new Manx to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Manx will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Manx you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. 

Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Manx could encounter:

  • Urolithiasis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Megacolon
  • Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis
  • Mast Cell Tumors

There are many stories about the origination of the Manx cat, most of them include the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, where the name, likely originated. The Manx will have one of four tail types. Rumpies are completely tailless, often with a dimple at the base of the spine where the tail would be. Rumpy-risers have a short knob of tail. Stumpies have a curved or kinked tail stump, and Longies that have tails almost as long as that of an average cat. The Manx is a docile and playful cat. They are loving companions and adore people. They are also smart and nimble, capable of using paws to get into cabinets or to open doors. The Manx is an excellent jumper, even without a tail to aid its balance.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Manx shows signs of the following:

  • Stool or urine accidents, difficulty passing stool, “hopping” hind leg gait

  • Hard stools, either large or small pieces, straining to pass stool

  • Hard or large stools, frequent constipation, digestive upset

  • Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

  • Lack of response to noises

 

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: Brush her coat at least weekly.

    Dental: Manxes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    He is playful, intelligent, and devoted to his family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Energetic and playful

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • An affectionate companion and family cat

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Brave and ready for adventure

    Negative Traits:

    • Strong prey drive - will chase small animals and moving feet

    • High likelihood of getting to know at least one veterinary specialist


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Manx to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Manx will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Manx you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. 

    Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Manx could encounter:

    • Urolithiasis
    • Fecal Incontinence
    • Constipation
    • Megacolon
    • Sacrocaudal Dysgenesis
    • Mast Cell Tumors
  • History

    There are many stories about the origination of the Manx cat, most of them include the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, where the name, likely originated. The Manx will have one of four tail types. Rumpies are completely tailless, often with a dimple at the base of the spine where the tail would be. Rumpy-risers have a short knob of tail. Stumpies have a curved or kinked tail stump, and Longies that have tails almost as long as that of an average cat. The Manx is a docile and playful cat. They are loving companions and adore people. They are also smart and nimble, capable of using paws to get into cabinets or to open doors. The Manx is an excellent jumper, even without a tail to aid its balance.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Manx shows signs of the following:

    • Stool or urine accidents, difficulty passing stool, “hopping” hind leg gait

    • Hard stools, either large or small pieces, straining to pass stool

    • Hard or large stools, frequent constipation, digestive upset

    • Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

    • Lack of response to noises

     

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