Grooming a Cymric
Because of the semi-long fur and thick undercoat, some grooming is required. However, the fur reportedly resists matting and therefore doesn’t require as much grooming as other longhaired breeds. Still, the Cymric’s dense coat needs combing with a good quality steel comb two or three times a week to remove loose fur and prevent matting.
Cost of a Cymric Cat
Pet quality Cymrics range from around $400 to $700, depending upon the breeder, location, gender, coat pattern and color and, of course, the type of tail. The rare, prized rumpy Cymric runs $1,000 and up, particularly if its body type meets the show standard and its coat is of good quality and texture.
In 1994, the CFA accepted the Cymric as a division of the Manx breed, renaming the breed “Manx Longhair.” This was a boon to breeders since longhaired kittens born to Manx parents (possible when both parents carry the longhair gene) could be registered and shown in the longhair division. The other associations consider the Manx and the Cymric separate breeds, but most allow longhaired Manx offspring to be registered as Cymrics. This eliminates status problems with “split litters,” in which both hair lengths are present. TICA considers the Manx and the Cymric members of the Manx/Cymric breed group.
Cymric kittens that inherit two copies of the Manx gene, one from each parent, die before birth and are reabsorbed in the womb. Since these kittens make up about 25 percent of all kittens conceived from Cymric to Cymric matings (and Manx to Manx matings) litters are usually small, usually averaging two, three or four. The Manx gene can also cause severe defects of the spine such as spina bifida, gaps in the vertebrae, fused vertebrae and defects of the colon. These problems usually occur within the first month, but since they can occur within the first four months of age, most breeders keep their kittens for at least 16 weeks. Buy from a breeder who is willing to guarantee the health of his or her kittens, and avoid Cymrics that show any signs of weakness in the hindquarters or that walk stiffly, hop or have trouble moving.