Manx - Tailless Cat
Manx is a breed of cat characterized by a genetic mutation manifested in the spine. This mutation shortens the tail and, in the most extreme cases, the tail is completely missing. Manx breed cats are skilled hunters known as managed to beat booty bigger than them, even when they are puppies. These cats are very popular with farmers who have problems with vermin.
Manx breed originated in Isle of Man, an island in the British Isles. Place of origin give the name and the first specimens were described in the eighteenth century. Manx cats islanders say the Armada ships from the Spanish, who were now near the shores of Great Britain over 300 years. According to local legend, cats have reached the Spanish ships in the Far East. There are many stories about the origin of the mutation of these cats.In one of them says that when Noah closed the door caught the tail of a Manx Ark that delayed boarding. Another story puts absence due to interbreeding cats tail rabbits on the island. That would explain the difference in length between the hind legs and the front of the cat.
This gene mutation causing the Manx cats tail is observed at birth, when babies are brought into the world without a tail. Crossing of two cats without tails can be lethal. Manx breeders are very careful to avoid such problems and cats without tails mate with some specific genetic mutation not Manx cats. These methods have led to reduced cross with spine problems, breed-specific. Manx cats have been recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association since 1920.
Manx cats is very much like the British Shorthair breed. Manx cats hind legs are longer than the front, giving the body a rounded appearance. Manx is a cat of medium size, round head and large eyes. The ears are located high on the head and are slightly bowed outward. The coat is soft and dense, any color and design are accepted.The main characteristic of these cats is short tail or total lack thereof. Copies tail are the most popular with breeders and, unfortunately, there have been cases where some Manx tails were cut to fit better with organizational requirements for competitions.
Manx cat is a playful, affectionate and intelligent. He loves to climb all over and can be taught simple commands.It is understood very well with children and other pets, including dogs. Make very little noise and manage to adapt well to apartment life rules. Short coat care of these cats do not require a long time, especially as the cat likes to keep one clean. A Manx cat can live to 15 years and, as relatives of the British Shorthair breed is prone to obesity. Despite the lack of tail, Manx breed cats have problems with balance.
Spine mutation may affect health seriously Manx cats. The most common feline health problems of those they affect the spinal cord and bladder. It also can be narrow anal tract causing intestinal blockage. Manx cats are most given up for adoption at the age of four months, after which most health problems were identified and possibly removed. The famous feline expert Roger Tabor, said the only thing that stops him to keep a critical genetic mutations so dangerous for cats is that this breed is very old.