A tail of a tailless cat – Cymric cat care

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The oldest cat breeds have undoubtedly left their pawn in the history of man, each for their reasons, still, in the case of the Cymric, it is due to a peculiarity in its genes that makes it somewhat more appealing because it lacks a tail. There may well be other breeds that exist with this characteristic such as the Bobtail (American and Japanese), but, the cat breed that is usually named in conjunction with the Cymric is the Manx cat. This is because both cats, at first sight, are practically identical with the exception that the Cymric has longer hair than the Manx, and both are tailless cats. So, it is very common for them to be confused, or even with those other breeds that lack, or have this alteration in their short tail. Having said this, I hope you will not be surprised to find so much talk about the Manx and the Cymric cat in any article you may find on the internet, as some associations catalog them as the same breed but one is short-haired and the other is long-haired. Now, coming back to our point, the Cymric breed is ancient and is quite cherished by those people who have had the joy of adopting one because they are extremely intelligent cats that get along well with both large and small humans, and even other pets. Their temperament and nature are very loving. Also, they are attached to their humans, so they do not usually deal well with loneliness and it is something you have to take into consideration always. They are extremely playful even as adults, and their muscular bodies help them to climb wherever they can.

It sounds like an ideal pet, a domestic cat you can train, that is faithful and loving, gets along well with other pets and all you will have to deal with is its longhair and need for companionship. It seems truly simple at first sight, but the real question is, should you adopt a cat of this or one of the other breeds I have already mentioned? The alteration that makes them so distinctive is the reason why both some cat lovers and even groups/associations refuse to recognize these breeds. If you are still interested in learning about this cat, I invite you to read my article before you make a decision, and based on your criteria you can give your opinion about this debate that some people have been having for years about these genetically altered breeds.


As I have already mentioned, the Cymric comes from the same island as the Manx cat, being understood that some humans take them as the same breed. As it happens with many other ancient breeds, the true origin of these felines is not known exactly but in their island of origin, the Isle of Man, between England and Ireland. There are several stories about this tailless cat, some of them even mythological, which in the end are nothing more than theories about the origin of this breed which is unquestionably extremely peculiar. The same happens with the explanation of its genetic alteration or genetic mutation, which could well be an alteration that occurred at a given time, and being an island it came to spread easily and quickly. Something that some authors comment on is that besides the difference in the hair length, is that the dominant gene that carries this change is its tail, unlike the others that are a recessive gene.

As a breed with a lengthy history, they were present from the beginning of the competitions or cat shows but were still not recognized by some cat associations, and later the difference came between these groups in the way they recognized this feline. At first, it was seen as a variation of the Manx breed as they had the same characteristics but with longer hair, then they were taken as an independent breed but over time, some maintained a category and others the remaining one. Among those who take it as an independent breed are The International Cat Association (TICA), and the Canadian Cat Association where they keep it with their breed standards. While the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) lists it as a long haired Manx variety and the Manx itself as the short-haired version. The problem of acceptance of both the Cymric cat and the others that share a genetic alteration such as the Munchkin, Scottish Fold, and the others I mentioned at the beginning is due to the possibility of presenting other alterations that seriously affect the quality of life of the animal. They may be few but even so it is something you should be prepared for or aware of when adopting a cat of one of these breeds. in case you have any inconvenience with another human. This should not be the case since there are ways to talk about this issue but it is certainly something that can trigger a conflict very easily.


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The most obvious and simple thing to explain is its absence of the tail which is not always absent, so there will be kittens from the litter that have part of a tail, or a complete one without any problem, it is part of nature at the end of the day. Depending on these changes or presentations some humans have come to place nicknames to each of them depending on the length of the tail they present, which is the same as the Manx cat, and it goes as it follows. Among such names are Rumpies, Stumpies, or Longies. Those that lack a tail in its entirety, that it is not possible to appreciate even a small protuberance at the end of its spine are known as “Rumpies”. Those who do not have a tail that is appreciable but have an elevation or protuberance at the end of their spine are known as “Stumpies”, because of the small stump that is his “tail”, and finally last but not least are the Longies which many may assume refers to those who have a tail in sight. Based on these classifications there are cat shows that do not accept a cat that does not meet the standard or type of each breed, so some variations will not be part of this type of human activities in case you are interested.

As for the rest of its morphology, the Cymric cat usually deceives the human eye, since by its size it does not look as heavy as it is and it is due to its bone structure, strong and marked musculature that is hidden under its beautiful coat. They are cataloged as a medium sized cat, measuring between 15 to 20 inches and weighing up to 12 pounds. Their hair is long, smooth, and straight that comes in practically any presentation and pattern, which is the same as the color of their eyes that is usually linked to their coat color. Part of their care and health problems is their appearance, making them prone to obesity problems. The coat length is long, so it tends to hide this type of aspect and that is why you must always share and interact with your pet, and you can notice this type of change. In addition to this, the whole shape of their body is round and muscular. His eyes and cheeks are rounded and other parts of his body have a curve that gives him a certain look of a walking hairball. Her front legs are shorter than her hind legs, and this is something you will notice easily as she walks around the house. His hind limbs, besides being longer, have more prominent muscles that help him in his playtime and especially for jumping or climbing, which is one of his favorite activities.


The problems you may have with the personality and temperament of this breed are nothing compared to everything else it has to offer the family. These rumpy riser and stumpy cats are excellent companion pets and quite sweet ones that will love to be around their guardians or relatives. Even though they get along well with other pets, it is best that, if possible, they can be raised together from an early age so that they can get used to each other. The same goes for small humans who must learn to manipulate a pet to avoid that at some point something that might seem like a game ends up being a small disaster. One of the most common things that small humans do is pull the tail of their pets, but luckily with this breed, you won’t have to worry about this aspect that usually bothers cats. Thanks to their intellect and great desire to share with humans, it is a simple task to train them and you can do it just like a dog to learn to look for and bring a toy, but in case you get them something to climb on, it will help them in the same way.

But you must be very attentive to what he might manage to invent, since like all good cats he is curious and wherever he might go he will try to stick his nose in. That is why you must be careful with everything you can leave within their reach that could be harmful to them, as well as securing the cabinets as best you can so that there is no inconvenience with what they should not touch. Being such an active and attached breed it may not be an aspect of your liking but for this reason, you must learn as much as possible about a breed before adopting it since, as I have already mentioned, it is something of utmost importance for any Cymric cat. Separation anxiety is not something new or something that only the Cymric will be able to show. I do not mean that you should be tied to your cat for life, but I do mean that long absences can trigger various problems between his personality and the state of the household. A possible solution for this problem is that you can adopt two cats of the same breed or have another pet so that they can keep each other company during your absence. Of course, this will increase the maintenance costs for the household pets depending on the number of animals you can have at home. Something that may surprise many is that Cymric likes water, some owners have even commented that they are fascinated by this element, but you must do it in a good way, nothing that is forced will turn out well.


Now, this topic can be a bit tricky, and what might determine whether you get one of these cats or not. As I mentioned before, the same gene that makes this breed not have a tail can cause changes or alterations in other parts of the body, especially in the spine which is a very important issue because it is something very delicate. Being compared to the Manx cat, Cymric is also predisposed to a disease called Manx syndrome. Not only is it capable of generating extremely severe pain, but it will also affect the neurological or functional part of this part of your body, causing difficulty or inability to perform his/her needs or even move his/her hind limbs. This affects the quality of life of the animal and causes that many kittens since they are an embryo to die, which causes a small number of litters of these cats that could well vary. By this, I mean that a litter of Manx can have Cymric cats or vice versa. Normally, this type of genetic condition is manifested around 6 months of age, so I advise you that if you are looking for a Cymric kitten, you should make sure that it has passed part of this stage or when it approaches, and you should understand that it will be a delicate stage. This can be a traumatic experience for both, your new pet and for some family members who may become attached to their new kitten.

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It is best to always keep in touch with your vet and make frequent visits to maintain control and ensure the well-being of your pet. The veterinarian will always be your best option to consult any doubts you may have regarding your pet, the breeder may well be there but there are many things that it is best to consult with a doctor who is a health professional. Not to speak ill of breeders, since experience in raising pets can also teach you a lot about them, but under no circumstances can it be compared with years of study and dedication of a veterinarian. A reputable breeder will also make a difference when adopting a Cymric kitten since everything is based on this genetic alteration, and it is of great importance to have a record of your new pet’s family. By knowing the history of those pets that are close to your new kitten, you will be able to help the veterinarian determine how much risk it is for it to suffer from certain pathologies.

Not all pathologies that can affect a pet depend on its genetic predisposition or external agents, but the management and care you can give it. Leaving food freely for your cat can result in an obese pet that will trigger many other problems, because it may seem a tedious or unnecessary task, just as when trying to maintain oral hygiene, which several humans also do not take the task of maintaining their own, little can be expected from their pets. Adopting a kitten is more than a commitment, it is also a responsibility that will fall on everyone in the household. Everyone should work together to maintain and care for their new pet who, being so loyal and loving, will be as grateful as you are for your new Cymric’s kindness to each other. There are many others that I could tell you about, but it can be a bit long and cumbersome for some that in the end may not even show up, so it is important to check with your vet to help prevent some of them from showing up, and to control everything that is within their reach. There will be things that cannot be avoided and even more so if the cat is as active and playful as a Cymric, but it is not superfluous to worry and take care of a family member, even if he is hairier than the others.

As well as its oral hygiene, you should take care of its long coat to avoid knots and to reduce as much as possible the amount of hair you will have inside the house. This will get worse during the molting season, but it is part of the package you will have to take care of from the moment you decide to adopt a pet. If you’re going to do or keep something, it’s best to do it right. Leaving something half done is not worth it and your pet is certainly not responsible for any problems you may have so that he or she ends up paying for your mistakes. 


The Cymric cat has many things to offer a family and is an excellent companion that you will undoubtedly want to have at home. But, sadly, it is prone to certain complications that can ruin anyone’s day at any time. That is why at the beginning of the article I commented that it will depend on each human’s criteria of what each person decides to think or do about this, and the other breeds that have this type of genetic alteration. There may be somewhere there has not been a problem that limits the quality of life in such a way, but it is still something that remains within the possibilities.

I hope this guide has been useful to you. If you have any doubt or you think I have missed something please let me know in the comment section down below.

Front Picture from; TICA

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