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Manx Cat Characteristics — 8 Comments

  1. Every tail-less cat I’ve ever had experienced problems in the litter box. Poop wouldn’t finish pooping to put it bluntly. Almost like the tail pumping action completed the final step in exiting the body. The cats who had a very short tail had no problem. Has anyone else had this issue?

    • I hadn’t heard that. Interesting. I’ll investigate it. It may be due to anomalies in the spine (and intestines), which may affect the peripheral nerves that control the intestines that ejects feces. I’ll get back on that.

        • I am the proud owner of a beautiful Manx. Her name is Luna. She is two years old and since she was younger, she’s had issues with her bowel movements. I believe it is the lack of a tail. She no tail at all, not even a nub. She will use the bathroom in the little box, but when she exits she leaves me little presents throughout the house. I have termed them “Luna’s Nuggets”. It will always be a single nugget that she leaves. I have witnessed her after she leaves the box. She will walk and notice something didn’t come out, she cleans herself and there you have it. Nugget gets left behind. The Vet told me that this is a very common problem. But I must say, she is a very elegant kitty. I love to watch her walk, jump and climb. She amazes me.

          • Thank you for commenting and telling us about your Manx cat. As you say, they can health problems and the issue that you mention is probably, as you state, due to the genetic abnormality inherited. I have a page on the Manx cat which refers to health issues so you might like to read that or perhaps you already have.

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  2. This makes me wonder about the cloweder of Manx my mom’s cat Fluffy came from. Her older uncles/fathers (my aunt was a cat hoarder so there were many, many cats) were very large cats with medium-long grey hair and short tufts on their ears. They did have the rounded heads and no tails to speak of at all. I wondered why they stuck their behinds in the air when they walked, but don’t recall if they had the bunny walk or not. (I was 4 or 5 at the time) Either way I remember they moved elegantly and with purpose. I only wish I could of pet one of them. The tufts make me wonder if they were moggies. I just realized, they were my first HUGE cats! I was in awe of this huge group of giants. So big they made an adult raccoon look like tiny. (I LOVE big domestic cats — the bigger the better.)

    Love the pix. Thanks!

  3. The rabbity gait was a breed requirement in the early days. If you read early cat breeder literature (mine goes back to the 1870s) you’ll find it described along with a requirement for the hind legs to be longer than the forelegs to give a raised rump (the 1900 cat has longer hind legs, but this is not shown to best effect with its posture in the photo). In those early days, the hopping gait was a way of distnguishing between a genuine Manx and a faked Manx. Faking was common and lucrative in the early days of the cat fancy resulting in many docked cats being shown and sold as Manxes. The rabbity gait continued to be a breed requirement and was documented by PM Soderbergh in the 1950s. The preference for a hopping gait was eventually removed from the breed standard when it was realised that this was due to abnormalities of the nerves tht controlled the hind legs (possibly as late as the 1980s). Hope this helps.

    • Thanks Sarah. Your comment is very much appreciated. So, the hopping gait was because of a defect in the nerves that controlled the hind legs. The defect was caused by the genetic mutation that removed the tail but also affected the spine and other nerves.

      I have updated the page slightly to take account of your comment.

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