Manx Cats - Breeders - Rescues
Manx Cats - HealthManx Cats are very slow to mature and only reach the full size at about 5 years of age. It is a relatively healthy breed. A special medical problem for Manx Cats is Manx Syndrome, caused by the Manx gene. It shortens the spine that may result in severe spinal defects - a gap in the last few vertebrae, fused vertebrae, or spinal bifida. The difficulties show up in the first month and cause extreme difficulty in walking, so breeders shouldn't let the kittens leave the cattery before the age of 4 months. Manx Syndrome is more likely when rumpies breed to rumpies in the third generation. Although called the Manx Syndrome, this array of problems is know to occur in other breeds of cats.
Manx litters are small in numbers (3-4 kittens), both because of Manx Syndrome and because of the short back of the queen, which leaves little room for kittens. Most breeders dock the tails of kittens at 4-5 days of age, because in adult cats the tail vertebrae may become ossified and arthritic resulting great pain, again thanks to Manx gene.
Manx Cats - RescuesManx Cats are very difficult to breed. That includes a great probability that the kitten may suffer of Manx Syndrome. At a young age little problems occur, but at the age of 5 years the more serious hereditary diseases may develop. Many owners don't want to spend time and money on their pets. So, they bring the abandoned animals to rescue organizations. So think twice before buying Manx Cats.
Manx Cats - Breeders Links
Blarney Manx - Colorado Manx cattery with kittens, breed information, and links.
Briar-Brae Manx Cats - History of the breed and an explanation of its characteristics, photos, kitten availability information, breed and Isle of Man links.
Cattery Row's Manx Breeder Listing - Addresses and contacts provided.
Karello Manx Cattery - Information on CFA registered Manx cats, their origin, legends, available cats/kittens and retired breeders, rescues and how to find a reputable breeder.
Kitterland Manx - Breeder from New York.
Manx Breeders Information - Contains a list of breeders in the USA and abroad.
Pedigree Cats - Suggests advice for breeding different cats.
Romanxx Cattery - Information and photos of cats and kittens from this North Carolina breeder. Works with longhair and shorthair varieties.
Rudio Creek Ranch - Information on history and characteristics of the breed.
Shortontails - Photographs of this Vermont breeder's cats.
The Pet Cradle - Texas breeder of underfoot Manx Cat.
Titania Cattery - Breeder from Pennsylvania. Kittens and adults are available.
Vagary Mews Manx Cats - New Jersey breeder of Manx cats.
Western Mastiffs / Manx / Sugar Gliders - A Virginia breeder of Manx cats, Mastiff dogs, and Sugar Gliders.
Manx Cats - Rescue Links
Cat Paradise - Manx - Tips on breeding and adopting Manx Cats.
Catkin Cat Rescue - Manx - Cats for adoption are described.
Cats For Adoption - Short-haired Manx Cats are available for adoption.
Manx Cats Rescue - Contains many links to Manx rescue organizations in USA.
Manxalot Rescue - Read why there are many abandoned Manx Cats in the USA.
Ursa Minor - Non-profit organization offers Manx Cats and kittens for adoption.
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