Spotlight on...The Manx
Grooming needs: Minimal
Exercise: Medium, Adaptable
Temperament: Intelligent and Playful
Life Expectancy: 8-14 years
Interesting facts: The Manx breed originated hundreds of years ago on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. A genetic mutation in this breed can result in a shorter tail, stub tail, or no tail at all, and tail length is random in each litter.
Appearance: Aside from the notable tail, Manxs are lean and muscular, and broad-chested with sloping shoulders and flat sides. The hind legs are longer than the forelegs, so the rump is higher than the shoulder, creating an appearance of the cat looking rounded or humpbacked.
Personality: The Manx is considered highly sociable with family but shy with strangers. The breed is highly intelligent, curious and playful. Given their curious nature they can be fairly active at night and many enjoy a dripping faucet. Manx are also known for following their humans around during the day and settling in on laps during downtime. Manx are great hunters and enjoy lots of play or actual mousing time. A favorite feature of many Manx owners is that their cats like to play fetch!
Common Health Concerns: Manx Syndrome is the most well-known and serious health issue associated with the breed. If the tail is too short it can result in problems with the bowels, bladder or digestion.
Best Match: Pet guardians who enjoy a smart cat that can be trained love the Manx. They may be guard cats who are wary of strangers until owners give the okay. They get very attached to their humans and will enjoy someone who wants to spend time with them. Manx are not very chatty but occasionally like to trill to their kittens or young.
Featured Adoptable: “Hiya, I'm Herbert! Or you can call me Herbie the Love Bug since I am known to be quite the snuggler. I’m a super friendly, short-haired orange Tabby boy, and a Manx to boot! I just love anybody as long as they give me some good petting. I even really enjoy the company of other cats. All around, everyone who meets says I've got it all. So all I’m missing is a nice, safe home and family. Come meet me and see if I’m the cat buddy you've always wanted!” Learn more or meet Herbert through Animal Aid in Portland, animalaidpdx.org. Please note: Animal Aid adopts out of the Portland metro area.
Megan Mahan lives in Eugene with her boyfriend, Jacob, their adopted yellow Lab Maddie, many saltwater fish, and two miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, Louie and Olive.