The Manx Cat a rather unusual breed.

The Manx Cat a rather unusual breed.
September 05 10:18 2018 Print This Article

Of all the domestic cats that could be owned the Manx cat is one of the most unusual breeds. It is well known for its lack of a tail. It’s one of many options that you could choose for a lap tray if you’re a big fan of cats as I am. A Cat Lap trays choice is a good one and you can have a look at some at https://personalisedlaptrays.co.uk/collections/animal-lap-trays-cats to make you choice. Let’s have a look at the Manx cat and where its supposed origins come from.

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As you might well have gathered the Manx cat comes from a domestic breed off the Isle of Man. It’s not totally true to say that the Manx cat has no tail it is just that it is sometimes a very short one or a simple stub. They were given the name “Stubbin” due to the lack of tail. It’s the stand out characteristic of the cat’s breed and is just a mutation that seems to occur naturally to the cat. This genetic mutation is down to the lack of other cats to improve the gene pool available to the Manx to breed with.

The cat for its part seems to be untroubled by the situation. To make up for the lack of tail it has very long hind legs and head that is very round. It’s a veritable mixed bag of colours and its fur can be full of patterns. Most are short haired but there is a separate breed known as the Cymric. As they lived on an island known for its seafaring the Manx cat was a popular addition to a ship complement as they proved to be excellent at catching mice and rats. They were also pretty good at it on dry land as well.

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Despite the fact that it can trace its origins back to the African wild cat rather than European wildcats as many of the them came via explorers and settlers voyaging over the sea. These Wildcats mixed with the local domestic cats (no one can say what type that was) and the Manx was born. This is little bit in contrast to some of the local tales that have sprung up about cat and its origins although surprisingly there are all quite modern when you’d expect them to be rooted in old Norse religion of Thor and Odin as the Isle of Man was settled and colonised by Vikings. One story goes that as the Spanish armada tried to escape one of the ships floundered around the Isle and became ship wrecked. The story goes that a tailless Spanish cat swam ashore and decided to settle down. The only trouble is there are no breeds of tailless cat in the Iberian continent. They are friend social cats that are also very active.

 

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