Reasons for and against owning a Manx cat as a pet

The Manx cat was first seen in the 18th century and has become quite popular over the years. The most characteristic thing about this breed is that some of them are tailless while some have short tails and others have regular tails. A tailless or short tail is a feature that makes it attractive to people looking for something unusual in a pet cat.

While they come in all types of tail configurations, the main feature of these cats are their heads which are round with cradle-like ears when viewed from behind. They are a tight-fitting cat with longer legs at the back than at the front. Although they look different to most cats, the Manx will display many of the same characteristics as most cats along with a few characteristics of dogs.

These are indoor cats that should be sterilized or neutered and make sure they have something to scratch. They like high places, so if you can’t find them, look around at eye level and you’ll probably find them on a shelf or on the back of a chair.


The Manx cat is highly intelligent and extremely playful. Their behavior is often confused with dog behavior in that they love to fetch things and will follow you all over the house. They make good guard cats and are very protective of their territory and will attack an intruder regardless of size or type. They are very social and really enjoy being around people.

A Manx will enjoy playing in water. If you let the water drip in your bathroom or kitchen, you may find your pet playing in your sink. These pets are known to enjoy a bath which is ideal for owners who want to bathe their cats without getting scratched.

Your pet Manx cat will be good at learning commands and is therefore normally easy to train. They are not a complicated and complex animal, which makes them ideal for owners who want a companion as well as a pet.

A Manx is usually a calm cat without much verbalization, although they will “roll” to their young or to their humans and will growl when protecting their territory. Even a female cat in heat is pretty quiet about it.


A pet Manx is interested in everything and will therefore play at all times of the day. You can be disturbed at any time, which can be a problem for you and your household. If you do not want to be disturbed by your pet, the best option would be to lock the cat out of the bedroom at night.

Manx Syndrome is the main health problem for a Manx and can be a big concern for you. This causes a shortening of the spine and can be extremely painful and harmful to the cat as it causes problems down the road. Buying your pet Manx from a reputable breeder will eliminate most problems like this. Another thing you may want to do is purchase insurance that can help with the expensive bills associated with Manx syndrome.

Getting a cat that is free of Manx syndrome will mean that you will have a pet that is no more likely to have medical problems than any other type of cat. Due to the high degree of intelligence, the loving nature together with a relatively long life make a pet Manx a highly desirable acquisition for any family.

Consider all of these options when looking to own a Manx cat. Once you know all there is to know about them, you will be able to decide if this particular type of pet cat is what you want in your household or as a companion. I think you will agree that they are not only unusual but also make great pets.

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