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  1. I took a good look at the Mother cat when I got home after this conversation we had, and realized in looking at her, that, were it not for the missing tail, the coloring, the (far less frequent) familiar hissing, and how well she gets on with the kittens, I might not recognize her from this picture. I haven’t gotten any pictures of her in MONTHS and this was taken back in August when I first discovered her. Perhaps she was a very young mother here, or regular meals have had an effect, but now that you mention it, she does look stockier these days.

    • If she is hissing less she is less anxious and defensive which means she is more relaxed and confident – great. LIke I said she may have those original Manx genes!

  2. Nice point. Thanks for all of the information. I can’t resist adding one more picture–this one shows how tiny she is, barely bigger than her kitten.

  3. Ok, I secretly thought I might (say Manz-like) 😉
    The tail-less Mommy actually is kind of slender–at least her face is quite petite. She does seem to fit the description I read somewhere of having sort of over developed (rabbit type) back legs though.
    Cricket (the Mom) is in this one. 🙂

    • The original Manx cats were ordinary looking domestic shorthairs, more or less, but without a tail. Cat breeders over many years through selective breeding made them stocky (short bodied and solid looking).

      It is a technical subject but you could argue that a moggie Manx is truer to the original than a pedigree show cat Manx.

    • Yes and no. The thing is, Tracie, she may have Manx genes in her but if she is not registered she is not formally a Manx. It is a bit technical. You could call her a Manx-type cat if you want to refer to Manx. Her body shape is good for a Manx (stocky and not slender).

  4. I discovered a Tortoise-Tabby Manx in my backyard with three kittens. All have long tails and one has long fur like this. Are all long-haired Manx called Cymrics? Is it only a Cymric if it is tail-less? How can you tell a cat with a tail has Manx ancestory? Because the mother is feral we can assume the father of these kittens wasn’t Manx–but since their mother is a rumpy, can they be considered Manx?

    • Hi Tracie. All long haired Manx are Cymrics if they are registered with a cat association. The key to whether a cat is a cat breed in America or Europe is if the cat is registered with a cat association. So a Manx could be a Manx but unless he/she is registered and has a pedigree (family tree of 4 generations) then a person can’t really call their cat a Manx.

      How can you tell a cat with a tail has Manx ancestry?

      The way to tell is to check a cat registry. I’ll presume that your cat is not registered and therefore you can’t really say he/she is a Manx or Cymric. Important: there are probably tailless cats on the Isle of Man (the place of origin of the Manx) right now that are true Manx cats but even those cats can’t be called Manx, officially.

      All modern Manx cats are bred by breeders. The breeder will register the cat at a cat association if she wants to. Then the cat will join the family tree for that line of cats making her/him a pedigree purebred cat.

      Well, there it is. Don’t worry about what I have written. This cat is as beautiful and as good as any pedigree Manx or Cymric.

      Thanks for sharing and asking. I love your cat.

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