Five Fun Facts About the Manx Cat

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Updated: May 16, 2017
Published: July 20, 2009
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Meow Monday

We’ve all heard of the Manx cat. You know, the tailless (but most definitely not clueless) cat that’s often seen at cat shows, prancing about or even hanging out for a while, quite possibly even ignoring you at a friend's home at this very moment. But what do we really know about this furry feline? Well, we have five fun and fantastic facts about the Manx to start you on your merry way.

1. Meow Meow, Woof Woof?

If you check the DNA of a Manx, the result will definitely come up feline. She meows, chases mice and birds, and fancies laser pointers (who wouldn’t? We mean the laser pointer, not the mice). But her behavior is sometimes seen as a bit ... strange. She is, without argument, friendly and lovable, sure. But she’s also known to have dog-like tendencies: extremely social, she loves to follow you around and will even play a game of fetch!

2. Rabbit Cat?

Legend claims the Manx is the offspring of a cat and a rabbit. Why? Maybe because the Manx is tailless (well, most are), has a short spine, and long hind legs -- all of which are features not usually seen in cats. Such a physique also means the Manx walks around with a little hop in her step. Luckily, this cat isn't looking to put the Easter Bunny out of business anytime soon. Cats hate chocolate and have much more important things to do than hand out eggs from a basket, like ... sleeping.

3. Rubenesque

As any cat will tell you, cats are most definitely works of art. Just don’t call them fat (they do possess retractable claws and like to hone their pouncing skills every chance they get). But like the Ruben figures of yore (young, well-rounded ladies), the Manx has a round body and a wide, round face. They even have long ears that are rounded. Therefore, it doesn't take Picasso to draw one of these cats; simply put pencil to paper and start drawing lots of circles.

4. Name Game

Ever wanted to know why they’re called "Manx"? It’s simple, really. The Manx originated around 1700 on the Isle of Man (where they still like to sun themselves today). Legend claims the cats came from a shipwrecked Spanish Armada vessel off the Isle's coast line. After swimming ashore, the cats decided to stay.

5. Old Wives Tail

If you thought all Manx cats were tailless, you’d be wrong. In fact, while some have absolutely no tail, others have a short stub, and some even have a lush tail. Those tailless Manx cats may have stolen the limelight from the rest, but rest assured, they're all adorable, lovable, and desirable.

So there you have it, some fun facts about the Manx cat. If you’re bored (as Mondays often are) try doing some Manx circle art. It’s fun and will make you feel all cultured and artistic.

Meow! It’s Monday.