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Share Your Story: Living with a Manx Cat

By disgruntal_goat



Cat's Name & Age:

Booboo (now deceased)

Best Characteristics of the Breed

Very loyal, and keep a kitten type attitude

Most Challenging Characteristics of the Breed

My cat was very vocal, but I am not sure if that was just her, or the breed

When, Where and How I Got My Manx

Booboo actually belonged to a neighbor. They moved with her to a new country (from the USA to Canada). Her previous owners had a 2 year old child, who Booboo decided to run away from. We opened the front door to get some mail that was left on the porch, she ran in and never left. The neighbor tried to take her back a few times, but she just kept coming back to our house. Finally her old owner gave up, and told us to keep her. She lived with me for about 6 years, until the day she passed away, at about 10 years old.

I'd Describe My Cat As…

Booboo was very hyper for most of her life (until the last few months of her life, when she became ill). She was constantly chasing toys around the house, and meowing at the top of her lungs to let us know that she was playing with toys.

She would stare at people, usually to the point that it scared them. She would stand in a doorway, or on a piece of furniture, and just stare for 10 - 15 minutes at a time.

My father always told me that Booboo was a 1 person cat. She was friendly to everyone in our house, but she basically just wanted to be with me. She would cry when I left for work, and follow me around the house like a loyal little dog when I was home. She definitely was not a lap cat, but she was a friendly cat, who didn't like to be alone... We ended up getting a kitten to keep her company near the end of her life, but she didn't like that either; she just wanted to be near people.


  • The vet said that many manx cats are prone to bowel issues due to the lack of tail. My cat never had any problems in that area.
  • Manx cats are for people who want a cat that is as loyal as a dog. My cat was a LOT like a dog in many ways.

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