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What’s the Deal With Cats Without Tails?

When it comes to our feline friends, there’s no shortage of unique and fascinating features. 

Some cats have luxurious long fur (like Himalayans), while others boast bold stripes or striking spots. But what about those cats who are missing one prominent feature – their tails? 

Cats without tails, or more formally known as “tailless cats,” are captivating creatures with a mystique all their own. But how does this happen? Here’s the scoop.

The Origins of Taillessness

One of the most common questions that people have about tailless cats is: why don’t they have tails? The answer often lies in their genes.

Unless breed specific, taillessness is often attributed to a genetic mutation that affects the development of the tail during a cat’s embryonic stage.

This mutation, which can occur in various degrees, results in cats being born with no tail or with a very short tail.

Some tailless cats may even have a bump or a nub where their tail would normally be – a testament to the quirky and charming nature of these felines.

Manx Cats: The Original Tailless Celebrities

When it comes to cats without tails, the Manx cat reigns supreme. 

Originating from the Isle of Man, these charming kitties have been captivating humans for centuries. With their striking appearance and endearing personalities, Manx cats have carved a special place in the hearts of cat lovers worldwide.

One of the most remarkable things about Manx cats is their resilience. 

Despite their unique genetic trait, they are known for their incredible agility and jumping abilities, proving that they’re more than capable of getting along just fine without a tail. In fact, Manx cats are often revered for their resourcefulness. 

But not all tailless cats are Manx cats. There’s a multitude of other cat breeds that have short, stubby tails. These include:

  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Mekong Bobtail
  • Karelian Bobtail
  • Cymric
  • Kurilian
  • Highlander
  • Pixiebob

Tales from the Tailless

Owning a tailless cat can be a truly unique experience. Just ask Maria DiCesare, a proud mom of Paulie, a tailless cat from New Hampshire.

“(Paulie) is my first cat so I don’t know what life is like with a cat with a tail,” said DiCesare. “Having a cat with no tail is nice because it’s one less thing for him to swat at my face.”

Caring for a cat with no tail means you also don’t have to worry about your cat knocking over fragile items with an enthusiastic tail swish. These cats can be stealthy and sneaky, and they often develop playful and quirky personalities to make up for their missing tails.

Maria DiCesare and her half-Manx, Paulie

And just like cats with tails, the tailless felines also require regular grooming, a balanced diet, and plenty of love and attention.

From the playful Manx cats to tailless cats of all kinds, these remarkable animals have shown us that they don’t need tails to leave a lasting impression in our hearts. 

So, if you ever find yourself enchanted by a cat with a charming stump or no tail at all, consider giving them a forever home. 

Who knows? You might just discover that, in the world of felines, less tail can mean more love.