The Manx cat originated on the Isle of Man off of the coast of England. The genetic mutation known as the Manx (or tailless) gene is common on the island. Kittens that inherit the gene can still have a full tail, or can have a short tail, a rise (known as a “rumpy riser”) or can have no tail at all (known as a “rumpy”). Only rumpies or rumpy risers are eligible for competition in cat shows.
The Manx cat can have short or long hair, and will capture your heart with its sweet expression. It is a playful breed, and can display dog-like characteristics such as retrieving and burying toys.
While they may act dog-like, Manx cats are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions which can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Manx are prone to include spinal problems such as sacrocaudal dysgenesis and eye issues such as corneal dystrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Manx has the misfortune of inheriting more than a love of cuddling, you’re protected.