Once again, I have chosen this amateur picture as it shows the rump of a tail on this Manx Cat (a stumpy). Sarah Hartwell of Messybeast discusses the origins of the short tailed cat generally. She is not sure of the origins of the Manx Cat. If that is the case the origins are unclear.Some Manx Cats have short and twisted tails. Malay cats also have short and twisted tails due to a deformity of the bones. Sarah Hartwell asks the question whether the Manx Cat originated from the Malay Cat as a result. Because of the great penetration of the dominant tailless mutated gene, when the Manx is crossed with another breed of cat you are almost certain to get some tailless kittens and sometimes all the litter is of tailless kittens.