Adorable Manx Kittens
Some Info About Manx Kittens and Cats
The unique thing about Manx kittens and cats is their tail. Or rather the lack of it! They don’t have one at all in some cases and on those that do its just a stub. If you are unfamiliar with the word “Manx” let me explain. It is in fact a descriptive of the culture and people who are indigenous to the Isle of Mann. It is a small island of the coast of mainland Britain but were not really interested in that right now are we? We want to know about these Manx cats and kittens. It’s widely accepted that the tail of the Manx cat disappeared overtime through a genetic fault that was further expedited as a result of the Islands remoteness from mainland U.K. Of course it goes without saying that over the years cat breeders will also have done much to enhance the animals uniqueness through close breeding programmes.
Myths Concerning Manx Kittens and Cats.
One of the most popular and well known myths concerning the Manx cat and its lack of a tail harps back to the time of Noah the biblical character who built the ark. Legend has it that the Manx cat was late arriving at the ark and was only allowed on board after she/he offered her services as a mouse catcher. Unfortunately the poor cat wasn’t quite quick enough and its tail was trapped in the hatch as it was slammed shut. Other folk law appears to have its roots in Celtic origins describing the animals close relationship to “the little people” who were apparently quite endeared with the Manx kittens cuteness. These mischievous elf like creatures of the night were rumoured to open the doors and windows to allow the cats back into the house after dark. Yet another popular legend suggest that two Spanish Galleons were shipwrecked off the coast and the only survivors were the cats who managed to swim ashore where they established themselves as the islands cat.
Do Manx Kittens Turn Into Ideal House Pets?
Like all small animals those cute adorable Manx kittens are not going to stay that way forever. The good news it that they do make great pets. The Manx was an d still is a great mouser. A hunter by nature he will be alert and active almost (some say like a watch dog). Even growling at any supposed threats to his and your territory. Once any perceived threat is past however and he senses that you are not feeling threatened he is a placid laid back animal. Manx kittens are very intelligent and easily taught so you will be able to train him to stay off the sofa (if you wanted to) and they will even walk on a leash if introduced to it early enough. They love traveling in the car and will happily follow you around the house taking a keen interest in whatever you may be doing. If you are thinking of buying pedigree Manx Kittens you need to look out for the raft of genetic health issues known as “Manx Syndrome” that close breeding may have bestowed upon some these animals. Short spine, urinary tract and digestive tract issues are known to affect as much as twenty per cent of all Manx kittens. The symptoms of this condition however are not usually apparent until the animal is around four months old. So if you are thinking of owning one it may be wise to wait at least until they are beyond that age. If you want a more detailed article about this astonishing animal read here