Manx review

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The Manx is a medium-sized cat but she is stocky and heavily boned. The Manx can appear larger than she is and fanciers may not realize how heavy she can actually be at maturity.

The Manx is a rounded cat with a round head, round eyes, a roundness at the whisker pads, and a round rump. The ears form a rocker shape when viewed from behind. The hind end of the Manx is higher than the front, which is apparent when she is standing.


In the completely tailless Manx, your hand will slide right down the rump with no stopping and not feeling any protuberance. These cats are called Rumpies. Not every Manx is completely tailless. Some Manx are called Stumpies as these cats have a small stump of a tail. Others are called Rumpy Risers because when your hand goes down around the rump, it causes the small tail to rise. As a Rumpy Riser ages, this little tail may be covered by a fat pad and will no longer rise when you pet it. Some Manx kittens are born with full tails and some are born with half tails.


Manx must have their nutrition strictly controlled in order to keep them in good condition. They tend to have a wonderful appetite and can become overweight rather quickly.

Despite being rather placid, the Manx loves to run and play. She has a peculiar gait and looks like a bowling ball running around the room.

The fur must be groomed daily because of the double coat. A good brushing is important to keep the coat in smooth condition as the undercoat will build up over time if this brushing is neglected. Special attention should be paid to grooming during the shedding season.


The Manx began life as a mouser, and he retains his fine hunting skills and alert nature. With a Manx around the house, you don’t need a watchdog; you’ve got a “watchcat” who reacts rapidly and will growl threateningly or maybe even go on the attack at the sight or sound of anything out of the ordinary. If he sees that you aren’t alarmed, he’ll settle back down. When he’s not protecting his family and property from mice, stray dogs, or other threats, however, the Manx is a mellow fellow: an even-tempered and affectionate cat who enjoys serene surroundings. That’s not to say he is inactive. This is a happy, playful cat who likes to follow his favorite person through the house and assist with whatever he or she is doing. When you are ready to relax, though, the Manx will be in your lap, ready for a comfy nap. If no lap is available, he’ll curl up on the nearest available spot that allows him to keep an eye on you. He “speaks” in a quiet trill and will carry on a conversation if you talk to him.


They get along particularly well with other cats and well-behaved dogs and enjoy romps with these compatible companions. Despite their playful temperament, they are usually very gentle. Their playful yet tractable dispositions make them good pets for families with children. They are fascinated by water; perhaps this fascination comes from originating on a small piece of land surrounded by the liquid. However, if you dunk them in the nasty stuff they quickly lose their fascination.

Clara Dandridge

I love cats but these are a bit creepy


Manx cats are amazing to many feline lovers. This site is dedicated to the description of Manx cats, their behavior as pets, and their history. Many have speculated about the reasons why these cats lack a tail, unlike most of the species in their family. The answer is unknown, however, there are many speculations that date back to centuries ago.


i happened to have several manx over the years. we moved to a farm that had a small cat living in one of the out buildings, she already lived there when we brought the property. she would come and go as she pleased. we started putting food out for her. she had two litters of kittens the first year we lived there. most of the kittens were manx. None of them had birth defects. She was not a manx but there were at least a couple manx toms in the neighborhood i would see hanging around. we were advised by the vet that the defects can happen when two manx mate otherwise it's extremely rare. Ours have been very sweet and healthy cats. As for the breed being late bloomers....i really don't think it's true because my cats all seemed to age as most cats normally do, and i know my female manx went into heat under 1 year of age {like 6 months old} like most cats do.... so i just never experienced any difference with their aging as all of my manx's {all rumpies} reached full size by their first birthdays.

Positive reviews


love me some manx!!!


What a handsome cat. :D


We have been lucky enough to have had 2 Manx cats! Our first Manx was a tailless, white cat with blue eyes. He was not deaf. Our 2nd Manx is also tailless. They are amazing cats!