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The Manx Cat

The Manx cat will grab your attention immediately and the reason is their lack of a tail. The tailless Manx is the result of a genetic mutation that became a dominant trait due to natural selective breeding that was then heightened by the pet cats’ remote location on the Isle of Man, an island which is off the coastline of Britain. The first Manx cats appeared there in the mid 1700’s, however whether the first tailless cat was born there or came off a ship is unknown. What is known is that the breed prospered and the island became noted for tailless felines.

The Manx is a medium-size cat who weighs 8 to 12 pounds yet feels surprisingly heavy due to its compact stature. The Manx matures slowly and will not reach his full adult size until he is near five years of age.

When you own a Manx, you will not find that it will roar threateningly and go into attack mode at the sight or sound of anything unusual. When he’s not protecting his home from rodents, stray animals, or other threats, the Manx is a very good natured pet who is even tempered, very affectionate and loves a quiet environment. The Manx is a delightful pet who loves to be around his owners and will take part in all family activities. The Manx will seek attention at every opportunity. He will take pleasure in meeting new people, greeting them with a poke or  rub, and an older animal will adjust to a new home or family if adopted or rescued.

This is a clever cat who will play fetch, and even wear a leash for an outdoor walk with you if trained to do so at an early age. He loves to ride in a car, making him a great companion on long-distance trip. The Manx loves water and it is not uncommon to find one turning on kitchen faucets or playing in puddles. He opens doors, so make sure you securely lock him out from areas where his attention is not desired. Unlike many pet cats, the Manx will accept boundary limits and will typically respect your wishes if you stop him =when he leaps on the counter or scratches your furniture. Just make certain you give him an acceptable alternative as an alternative.

The Manx is a very social animal. If you can give him the attention he requires you will have a wonderful pet and a constant companion.

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