Grooming a Manx Cat
Even though the fur is short, it is dense and possesses a cottony undercoat, so even shorthaired Manx require some grooming. A once-a-week combing with a good steel comb is usually enough.
How Much Does a Manx Cat Cost?
Pet quality kittens range from around $300 to $600, depending upon the breeder, location, gender and coat pattern and color. The rare, prized rumpy Manx can run $1,000 or more, particularly if it also meets the show standard. True rumpy Manx that also possess the body style and head type needed to excel in the show ring are scarce and prized by exhibitors and breeders.
Association Acceptance of Manx Cats
Homozygous Manx kittens (kittens that inherit two copies of the Manx gene – one from each parent) die in vivo early in their development. Since homozygous kittens comprise roughly one-fourth of all kittens conceived from Manx to Manx matings, Manx litters are generally small, usually averaging three or four. The gene that causes the lack of tail, the Manx gene, can also cause severe spinal defects such as gaps in the vertebrae, fused vertebrae, spina bifida, and defects of the colon. These problems usually appear within the first four weeks of life, but they can occur later. Most breeders keep their Manx kittens until they are four months old because defects can appear up to that age. Buy from a breeder who is willing to guarantee the health of his or her kittens and avoid Manx that show any signs of weakness in the hindquarters or that walk stiffly, hop or have trouble moving freely.