Manx Cat – Pros and Cons of Owning This Interesting Pet

Reasons for and against having a Manx cat as a pet

The Manx cat was first seen in the 1700s and has become very popular over the years. The most distinctive feature of this breed is that some of them are tailless while some have a short tail and others have a regular tail. A tailless or short-tailed one is a feature that makes it attractive to people looking for something unusual in a pet cat.

Although they come in all types of tail configuration, the main feature of these cats is the round head with cradle-shaped ears when viewed from behind. It is a stocky cat with longer legs at the back than at the front. Although they look different from most cats, the manx will have many of the same characteristics as most cats, as well as some characteristics of dogs.

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


The Manx cat is very intelligent and extremely playful. Their behavior is often confused with that of a dog, since they like to look for things and will follow you around the house. They are 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 very much enjoy being with humans.

A manx will like to play in the water. If you let the water drip in your bathroom or kitchen, you may see your pet playing in your sink. These animals are known to enjoy an ideal bath for owners who wish to bathe their cats without scratching.

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

A manx is generally a quiet cat without much verbalization although he “trills” to his young or his humans and growls while protecting his territory. Even a cat in heat is rather silent.

The inconvenients:

A manx pet is interested in everything and will therefore play at any time of the day or night. You could be disturbed at all times, which could be a problem for you and your household. If you don’t want to be disturbed by your pet, the best option would be to lock your cat out of your room at night.

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

Getting a cat free from Manx syndrome means that you will have an animal 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 and the relatively long lifespan 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 everything there is to know about them, you can decide whether this particular type of pet cat is what you want inside your home or as a companion. I think you will agree that they are not only unusual but make good pets.

by Don A Levy

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