Is it really a cat if it does not have a tail? That's when it's a cymric (pronounced Kim-Rick). There are many cats with short tails or without tails, but Cymric (and his sister breeds the short-haired Manx) is the only one that is specifically bred without a tail. Sometimes jokingly said that they are the offspring of a cat and a rabbit (as cute as the thought may be, a "rabbit" is biologically impossible), these special tailless cats are the result of a natural genetic mutation which is then caused by their remote place on earth strengthened the Isle of Man off the British coast.
The cats are believed to date to 1750 or later, but whether a tailless cat was born there or came to a ship and then spread its genes through the cat population is unknown. The island became known for tailless cats, and this is how the breed got its name Manx. Manx has long been recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, the International Cat Association and other cat registries. A long-haired version was accepted by the CFA as a division of Manx in 1994. In some associations, the long-haired Manx is called Cymric and is considered a separate breed.
This is a medium-sized cat that weighs 8 to 12 kilos and feels surprisingly heavy when lifted.
These cats have their origins as moulting, and whether they are short-haired or long-haired, they retain their fine hunting skills and alertness. With a Cymric in the house, you do not need a watchdog; You have a "bell cat" that reacts quickly and growls threateningly or maybe even attacks when it sees or hears something out of the ordinary. If he sees that you are not worried, he will calm down again.
But when he is not protecting his family and property from mice, stray dogs or other threats, Cymric is a gentle guy: a balanced, loving cat who enjoys a quiet environment. That does not mean he is inactive. This is a happy, playful cat who loves to follow his favorite person around the house and help with what he or she does. But when you want to relax, Cymric is on his lap and ready for a quiet nap. If no lap is available, he will curl up in the next vacant seat so he can keep an eye on you. He "talks" in a low trill and will have a conversation if you talk to him.
Cymric is adaptable when exposed to activity and many people as a young kitten. He will enjoy meeting new people, greeting them with a gentle head or a rub on the cheek and will be able to adapt to a new home or family if such a change is necessary in his life.
This is a smart cat that can learn tricks, including fetching and coming, and is ready to go on a leash if learned early. He often enjoys driving in the car, which makes him a great companion on long journeys. He is also good at learning to open doors, so make sure everything you do not want is locked and locked. Unlike most cats, Cymric is ready to accept boundaries and usually respects your wishes if you say no to him when he jumps on the counter or scratches your couch. Just make sure you give him an acceptable alternative in return for his nice behavior.
Cymric is very people-oriented. Choose him only if you can give him plenty of time and attention every day.
Both pedigree and mixed breed cats have different frequencies of health problems that can be genetic. Cymric is generally healthy, but the following diseases have been observed in the breed:
- Arthritis of the tailbone in cats with partial tail
- Corneal dystrophy, turbidity that begins to develop when a kitten is about 4 months old
- Manx syndrome, a collection of birth defects that can include a short spine, urinary tract injuries and intestinal and digestive problems. The condition affects about 20 percent of Manx cats, mostly rumpies, and usually occurs when a kitten is 4 months old, a good reason to wait until that age to take a Manx kitten home.
Cymric's coat is easy to prepare by brushing or combing it a few times a week to remove dead hair and distribute sebum. Check the back end carefully to make sure that the feces do not cling to the fur around the anus and clean if necessary to prevent the cat from smearing feces on carpets or furniture.
Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Wipe the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you do not risk spreading an infection. Check their ears every week. If they look dirty, wipe them with a soft, damp cloth dampened with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the inside of the ear.
Keep the litter box completely clean. Like all cats, Cymric's attaches great importance to bathroom hygiene.
It is a good idea to keep a Cymric as an indoor cat just to protect it from diseases transmitted by other cats, attacks from dogs or coyotes and other dangers that cats face when walking outdoors, for example. B. to be hit by a car. Cymriker who goes outside also risks being stolen by someone who wants such a beautiful cat without paying for it.
Fur color and grooming
Cymric is known for not having a tail, but not all Cymric are completely tailless. Some called "longies" have normal long tails and others called "stumpies" have short tails. A cymric without a tail is called a "rump" and one with only a bump at the end of the spine is called a "riser". You will only see rumpies and risers in the show ring, but tailed cats can be used in Cymric breeding programs.
A Cymric also has other features, including a round head with large round eyes, a sturdy, robust body with a wide chest, short back and wide, rounded buttocks, short front legs and long hind legs with muscular thighs. The long hind legs look like a rabbit and may be the origin of the "rabbit" myth.
Cymric has a long, soft, silky double coat that is available in many different colors, including different common colors, tabbies, turtle shells and calicos. Chocolate and lavender colors as well as the pointed Himalayan pattern are not allowed. The coat gradually becomes longer from the shoulders, and the coat on the ruff, upper hind legs (called pants) and abdomen are usually longer than the rest of the body. The ruff goes around the shoulders and forms what looks like a bib on the chest. Many cymbals also have fur on their toes and ears. The long hair, especially over the stern, sometimes makes Cymric look taller than Manx, but that's just an optical illusion.
Cymric is slow to mature and may not reach full size until it is five years old.
Children and other pets
Introduced to them when they are kittens, the active and social Cymric is the perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He plays pick-up like any other retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the children's attention who treats him politely and respectfully. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority and learn to leave birds and fish alone. An adult Cymric may not be so fond of children, especially if they are used to quiet households. Always introduce pets slowly and under controlled conditions to ensure that they learn to get along with each other.
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