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Where’s the Cats Tail?

Where is the cat’s tail? That is the question. The answer is, she has no tail. Well, isn’t it true that the cat’s tail helps them to balance themselves when they walk on a fence for example. That is true, however, no tail cats get along fine. We call these cats Manx.


The origin of these no tail cats begins on the small Island of Man in the Irish Sea. This island rests between Great Britain and Ireland. Due to the isolation of these cats from outside breeding, they developed a dominant gene which is called the Manx gene. When both the mother and father cat have this gene, the kittens are born without tails. Otherwise the kittens appear with a stumpy, partial, or full tail.

No Tail Cat


There are several varieties of these no tail cats. They classify as rumpy, rised, stumpy, and tailed. The rumpy and riser have no tails at all. The rumpy has a dimple instead of a tail and the rumpy riser has a knob. However, the stumpy has a tail of at least three vertebrae and the tailed cat has a partial or full tail. It is interesting that the CFA, Cat Fanciers Association, only allows rumpy, and rumpy riser cats shown in their cat shows.


Manx cats have a personality that attracts people. These no tail cats desire to be with people. They are playful, high-spirited, and love water. Usually, cats don’t like water, right? These cats have a lot of dog like qualities. They play fetch, and follow you around like a dog. They are devoted to you and respond to simple commands. Another name for these felines is “cats for dog people”. Of course, this comes from their dog like personalities. In conclusion, these adorable no tail cats fit well in any home.

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