The short, round Manx is known as the sprint car of the cat world due to her quick acceleration and turns. This feline has powerful back legs that enable her to jump high. One usually finds a Manx in the tallest perch of a room. This breed likes to retrieve and bury toys, much like a dog, and is fascinated by water. Sweet and affectionate, the Manx is a good family pet.
Manx are tailless cats that come from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, where they developed their taillessness centuries ago because of a genetic mutation. The best way to identify a Manx is to analyze its physical features. Manx often have no tails, or only a stumpy tail. They have large eyes, a compact and sturdy build, and ears that appear to form a cradle-like shape when viewed from the rear. Behavioral clues are also helpful when identifying a Manx. They are playful and friendly, and produce a distinctive trilling sound.
Looking at Physical Characteristics
- Look at the tail. Manx cats have four different tail varieties. “Rumpies” have no tail at all, and instead sport a dimple at the base of the spine where the tail would normally extend. “Rumpy-risers” have a stubby tail of only one to three bones. “Stumpies” have a short tail that is curved or kinked. And finally, “longies” have tails that are almost as long as those of regular cats. Most breeders cut the tails off of longies, so unless you’re a breeder, you probably won’t encounter a longie.
- Look at the build. Manx cats are muscular and compact, with a sturdy skeleton. They are medium to large in size with a wide chest.Their hind legs are noticeably longer than their front legs, giving them an appearance some have likened to rabbits.
- Check the head for a cradle-like shape. When viewed from behind, the ears appear as a cradle or rocker shape. The ears are broad-based and taper to a rounded tip.Manx cats have broad faces.
- Touch the cat. There are two varieties of Manx coats. Short-haired Manxes have a long overcoat with a dense, fluffy undercoat. The hair of the overcoat might feel coarse even though it looks fluffy. If you pet the cat during summer or late spring, the fur might feel thin due to spring shedding. The long-haired Manx has a silky coat of medium length, and tufts of fur between its toes and around its ears.White Manxes might have a softer coat than Manxes of other colors.
- Look for large eyes. Manxes have large, round eyes. The outer corners of the eyes will point up slightly toward the ears, while the lower corners will angle down and inward slightly toward the nose.Eye color in Manxes varies. Green, hazel, gold, copper, and blue are all common. Some Manxes are odd-eyed.
- Weigh your cat. Male Manxes weigh around 10-12 pounds . Females weigh about 8-10 pounds . Weigh your cat on a scale to determine if it falls within or near breed averages.Manxes feel surprisingly heavy when lifted.
- Use color to identify the cat. Manxes come in a wide variety of colors, so using color to identify one can be difficult. Common colors include tabby, calico (multicolor), and tortoiseshell. You can eliminate certain colors, though, since Manxes do not come in chocolate, lavender, or pointed varieties. They also do not come in any of these colors plus white.
- Look for a friendly demeanor. Manxes are playful and friendly animals. They are affectionate and love hopping in people’s laps. They get along well with children and other pets. If that sounds like your cat, you might have a Manx.
- Look for a playful cat. Manxes enjoy jumping on shelves and other elevated perches. They have dog-like characteristics that include chasing after balled-up pieces of paper or ping-pong balls. They also enjoy swatting at running water. If your cat comes running when you turn the tap, you might just have a Manx.
- Listen to the cat. Manx cats do not vocalize often, but they do have a distinctive vocalization. In addition to normal feline purrs and meows, they also produce a trilling sound. This sound is most commonly heard from mother cats callings their kittens. Manxes have soft voices.