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Manx Cat

No tail, no worries, it’s the rumpy, stumpy Manx! 

Manx cats are said to have originated in the Isle of Man through a random gene mutation. Tailless cats exist elsewhere as well, but it isn’t known if they are related to the Manx from the Isle of Man or not. 

The Manx (also known as Manks, stubbin, or rumpy) is a medium sized cat, weighing around 3 to 5kg. They come in all cat colours and patterns. They have a round face and their hind legs tend to be longer than their front legs meaning their rear ends are higher than their front end. They may have no tail at all, or a short tail. Their life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. 

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Origin

Isle of Man

Also known as 

Manks, stubbin, rumpy 

Size 

Medium 3 to 5 kgs 

Colours

All cat colours and patterns

Life expectancy

10 to 12 years 

Coat

Short, low maintenance, long-haired variety is less common 

Temperament 

Active, good hunters, sociable 

Activity levels

High

Best suited for 

Households with time for a playful companion

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality 

Manx cats are clever and playful with strong hunting instincts. They make sociable and exuberant companions at home. They are well suited to apartment living if they are provided with cat trees to climb and jump on as well as plenty of toys

Keep your Manx cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure to help keep them safe from roads, other cats and snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat.

Grooming 

Most Manx cats have a short thick coat with minimal grooming required. A cat grooming glove can be used a couple of times a week to help remove loose hair. They may also have long hair, however which requires a little more maintenance. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat flea "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea control all year round and tick control if you are in a tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Manx, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Consider a premium food that offers urinary tract protection for your cat. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Manx cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common health concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Manx cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations), PetSure claims data from 2016-2020.

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Traumatic accident, including cat bite abscesses, wounds

$241

$1,379

2

Immune mediated haemolytic anaemia 

$543

$5,084

3

Defecation problems, including constipation and obstipation

$265

$1,384

4

Diabetes

$137

$1,136

5

Gastrointestinal problems

$323

$1,315

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

The five most common reasons for a Manx to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data from 2016 to 2020 included Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA), constipation, diabetes, and gastrointestinal upsets. Problems with the bowels and digestion may be related to being a Manx. In some individuals the nerves in the spine may be damaged which can cause complications involving the bladder and bowels. Constipation may be caused by a condition called megacolon which occurs when the muscles within the rectum don’t function properly, resulting in a build up of stool within the body.  

Traumatic accidents including cat fight abscesses and wounds were also noted as the top reason for Manx cats to visit the vet from 2016 to 2020. It may be possible to lower the risk of your cat from having a traumatic accident by keeping them indoors or in a cat safe enclosure. 

Most popular Manx names (PetSure data 2019-2020)

Most popular names 

  1. Rosie
  2. AJ
  3. Luna
  4. Mr
  5. Sasha
  6. Ace
  7. Amber
  8. Angus
  9. Bam
  10. Billy

Most popular female names  

  1. Rosie
  2. Luna
  3. Sasha
  4. Amber
  5. Bonnie
  6. Dusty
  7. Frankie
  8. Gary
  9. Jet
  10. Leah

Most popular male names 

  1. AJ
  2. Mr
  3. Ace
  4. Angus
  5. Bam
  6. Billy
  7. Charlie
  8. Dexter
  9. Leo
  10. Mac

Did you know?

The Manx cat featured on a commemorative coin in 1988 in the Isle of Man. 

Where can I get a Manx cat? 

Manx cats are not very common in Australia. If you are looking for a feline companion, shelters generally have many beautiful cats looking for loving homes. It may be possible to find a Manx through a breed specific rescue. But check out your local animal shelter or rescue organisation where you may just find your perfect kitten or cat! 

References

  1. Cattime.com, Manx, Accessed on 30/03/2021
  2. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Manx, Accessed on 30/03/2021
  3. Wikipedia, Manx cat, Accessed on 30/03/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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