Manx cats are well known for being without a tail! These beautiful cats are also great hunters and popular as companions. If you’re considering the adoption of a Manx cat, then it’s important to know how much the adoption costs and the other expenses that go with a Manx cat.
We’ve put together information about the Manx cat, how much it costs to adopt one of these cats, and the initial expenses for purchasing all the things your fur baby will need. Let’s get started!
What is a Manx Cat?
The Manx cat originally comes from the Isle of Man, where they have lived for many centuries. No one’s sure if the cats were bred on purpose to have a short tail or completely without a tail. It’s thought this short tail is a genetic mutation. With the island relatively isolated from the mainland, the Manx gene became dominant in the island’s feline population.
Today, the cats have become popular with pet parents. While the cats have the unique feature of a short tail or no tail, they’re like other felines. The cats generally have a sweet nature and are very gentle. They’re also known to be excellent hunters. Sailors once took these cats with them to sea, where the cats helped keep rat numbers down on ships. Farmers also used these cats to rid their farms of pests.
Manx cats have a round head and round eyes. Their ears also have a round shape. In addition, their hind legs are longer than their front legs. You may notice the Manx cat’s rear end sits higher than their shoulders.
The cats have a thick, double coat that’s perfect for colder weather and even being in the water. However, their beautiful coats tend to shed quite a bit. The cats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Some have all-white coats; the color-pointed Manx cat is one of the rarest around. The orange tabby and the tortoiseshell colors are the most common in Manx cats. Most Manx cats are short-haired; however, some of the cats do have long hair.
As mentioned earlier, these cats have a sweet nature. They’re also very easygoing. Manx cats can be very independent; however, they are very loyal to their families and usually have one favorite human they follow throughout the day.
Manx cats are also very social and intelligent; they also love to play! Some pet parents say their cats are more like dogs, as these kitties can even learn to fetch! The cats also don’t mind learning verbal commands and more.
When it comes to living arrangements, the Manx can live in small or large homes. They’re somewhat active cats and will need mental stimulation. They love to play and even learn vocal commands. They also love to hunt and are great jumpers!
The Manx cat’s double coat needs daily brushing, which keeps the fur clean and untangled. Brushing every day also helps keep shedding to a minimum.
Manx cats stand between 7 to 11 inches tall and weigh between 8 to 12 lbs. They have a life expectancy of 9 to 13 years.
Now that you know a little more about Manx cats, let’s move how to how much these lovely cats cost!
How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Manx Cat?
Manx cats make wonderful companions. They’re great for families who have kids, seniors, and other pets. Like other cat breeds, the Manx cat can be found in various price ranges. Depending on how popular the cats are, the price may be higher or lower in your area.
Manx cats that come from lesser-known breeders or that have a common pedigree usually cost between $500 and $800. On the other hand, high-quality (show-worthy) Manx cats may cost between $800 to $1,500. These cats come from reputable, well-known breeders. In addition, they may have no tail or a bone that slightly protrudes from where the tail would be.
Remember that the cat’s coat color, sex, and age may also factor into their adoption costs. For instance, cats with a certain color or pattern may be rare. Breeders charge more for these cats. In addition, a female Manx cat may be more expensive than a male cat. That’s because the female cat can be used for breeding.
If you’d prefer to adopt from a rescue, then a Manx cat may cost between $100 to $300. While that may seem high, remember that pet rescues are non-profit organizations. They take in pets that need a home, feed & house them, and provide necessary medical treatment. The adoption fee covers all of this and makes it easier for the rescue to re-invest the money to help more pets.
Initial Setup Costs for a Manx Cat
Experts recommend buying everything your Manx cat needs before you bring her home. Nothing’s worse or more stressful than picking up your new fur baby and then rushing from store to store to buy the supplies she needs. The better way is to buy everything in advance and have it all set up and ready when your feline fur baby comes home. She’ll feel more welcomed and comfortable that way.
Here’s a list of supplies and items your Manx cat will need (and their cost):
- Food & water bowls: $10 to $50
- Cat carrier: $10 to $200
- Toys: $5 to $30
- Litter box: $10 to $35
- Litter scoop: $5 to $30
- Brush: $5 to $30
- Microchip: $50 to $30
- Cat food: $30 to $100 (depends on the quality of food—premium cat food is more expensive)
In addition, you’ll need to factor in vet visits and medical treatment. These can run about $10 to $50 a month (or more, depending on the health of your cat).
Summing It Up
As you can see, the adoption costs for a Manx cat can vary quite a bit. For this reason, you may want to consider comparison shopping for the cats in your area.
Whether you adopt from a reputable breeder or a shelter, we’re sure that you’ll have a wonderful companion for years to come!