Manx Breed Information

Manx cats are playful but not overly active, and are often happiest following you around to keep an eye on what you are doing. They are not normally overly vocal and may speak in a quiet voice. They like to curl up on your lap when you are sat down relaxing.

Although not regularly seen jumping or climbing, they can jump to quite a height if they feel the need.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their cat develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Manx are prone to include:

  • Corneal dystrophy – a cloudiness of the eyes that can begin to develop when a kitten is approximately four months old
  • Manx syndrome – a collection of birth defects that may include urinary tract problems, digestive problems, and a spine which is too short. These often develop before a kitten reaches 4 months of age.

We’d recommend discussing the medical history of your potential kitten’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a cat with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

Coat care:

Although the Manx coat is short, they have a double coat so will need regular grooming to remove the dead fur from underneath.

Estimated cost over lifetime:

These costs are based on essential items such as:

This does not include initial purchase cost, non-essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.

Insure your Manx Cat with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Manx Cats that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  1. Dog and cat insurance policies from 8 weeks of age.
  2. 24/7 veterinary advice online or over the phone with Petcall.
  3. Manage your policy online with the PDSA Insure Hub.
  4. Monthly payment at no extra cost.

By insuring your Manx with PDSA Pet Insurance you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

For more information on taking care of your cat please visit our kitten and cat section.

Rehoming from a reputable source:

Where you get a cat from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your cat from.

Energy levels
Overall grooming needs
Compatibility with other pets
Tendency to vocalise
Lap cat
Tendency to climb jump
Average lifespan 9-13 years
Coat length Short
Possible health problems Corneal dystrophy, Manx syndrome
Average purchase cost £150
Estimated cost over lifetime £10,300-£14,700
Average weight 4.5kg
Breed group British

Not sure if the Manx is the right pet for you?