Intelligent, curious and playful, Manx make great household pets.
Physically, they are defined by their round eyes and head and their shortened tails.
The distinctive tails are the result of a genetic mutation that appeared on the Isle of Man at least as early as the 1800s.
In temperament, they are sometimes described as dog-like because of their great loyalty and skill as hunters.
The Manx is also one of the original show cats, being among the cat breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association when it was first established in 1906.
Should you Purchase Pet Insurance for your Manx Cat?
Manx tend to be sturdy cats, but, as is so often the case, their special genetic makeup comes with a special health issue:
- Manx Syndrome: a certain percentage of Manx suffer from problems relating to their tailless condition. Specifically, the nerves and bones of the tail and spine can become deformed, resulting in a range of pathologies from spina bifida to arthritis to incontinence. The syndrome usually, but not always, develops by around six months of age, and can in part be prevented by clipping the tail stump.
In most cases, Manx syndrome is detected before a kitten is sold, but the problem may manifest itself later.
In any case, many owners will want the security of knowing that they will be able to provide their Manx with the best care possible, which is what the right pet insurance policy affords.