Fun-loving and loyal, the Cymric (pronounced KIM-rick or KUM-rick) is a tailless, longhaired cat originating from the Isle of Man. They’re also known as the Longhaired Manx, and some breed registries don’t acknowledge them as a separate breed: the Manx and the Cymric are identical except for their coat length, and both long and shorthaired kittens can be born in the same litter.
Sometimes described as dog-like because of their love of interactive play and devotion to family, the Cymric will be delighted by a game of fetch or a toy dangled on a string. They were originally “working” cats, living on farms and aboard ships to control rodent populations, and play gives them a chance to exercise those skills rarely needed as a pampered house-pet. They’re patient and gentle, and do well with children. Children should be cautious when petting the Cymric on the hind-end, as whether there is no tail or just a stub, the nerve endings can be particularly sensitive there.
Appearance / lifespan:
If you were to draw the Cymric, you would start with a lot of circles: a round body, an arched back, round head, round cheek, rounded eyes, and round, fuzzy bottom. They have a compact look, with powerful back legs that are just a little longer than the front, setting the hind end taller than the shoulders. The result is a noticeably bounding, hopping gate which, when coupled with the lack of a tail, has earned them the “bunny cat” nickname.
The neck is short and thick, the legs stocky and large boned with medium, rounded feet. Both the ears and the toes of this longhaired breed may be tufted. Of course, the most obvious feature of the Cymric is their lack of a tail. Most have a smooth, rounded hind end, completely tail free, but there may be a very short nub of cartilage. They may have very sensitive nerve endings where their tail would be, so care must be taken when touching the Cymric in this area.
The Cymric’s coat is medium-long with a soft and somewhat silky top coat, and a dense undercoat that makes them feel padded and plush. The Cymric can come in all colors and patterns, but bright, bold colors and tabby markings are common. Their coat should be brushed a couple of times a week to remove loose fur and prevent matting.
Some Cymric cats experience neurologic disorders and defecation problems due to spinal defects associated with the gene for taillessness. Such issues can usually be recognized before four months of age.
Behavior / temperament:
The Cymric is an easy-going and fun-loving companion. They are active, but not too active, affectionate, but not overly demanding. They are an exceptionally easy cat to get along with, and do well with children and other pets. They’re intelligent and playful, and have been known to turn door handles when they’re in need of a new room to explore. They may not be overly hyper, but Cymric is a strong cat with a powerful jump, and you may find them surfing the tops of your cupboards and bookcases. They are known to enjoy playing fetch, and some even seem to “bury” their toys in couch cushions and piles of clothes. Perhaps because of their island heritage, the Cymric has a fascination with water, so don’t be surprised if you catch them with a furry foot in your water glass.
Most of all, the Cymric is devoted to the family, and bonds very closely with them. They don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They’re not overly talkative, but they’ll get the occasional urge to have a quiet conversation, and their meow is more of a musical trill.
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Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 533 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 574 days ago
Adopt a Cymric from a shelter near you