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by Judy (Shreveport, La.)

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Orange Manx Cat

Manx cat behavior problems and I could use some help. My 2 yr old male Manx cat does something strange each night when I get in the bed. He wants me to put my hand under the covers. Then he grabs the blanket with his teeth and starts to pull and back up at the same time. He doesn’t get anywhere, but just keeps trying to back up my arm. If I try to take my hand out, he growls and makes funny sounds. This only happens one time each night, but will continue pulling until I finally get tired and stop. Then he lays down. It reminds me of a wild cat trying to pull or drag a kill up a tree to eat it. Has anyone had this experience? Thanks for your input. JudyGreat answer to this question from another Manx owner: Always use a toy to play with your Manx. If you use your Hand he will associate it to a toy. Use your hands to groom him, caress him, wash is face and buttock, but not for play. Got Big Boy July 29 and in the last six weeks he knows his place. Before bedtime, make sure you play with him for a minimum of 15 minutes or until he gives up and walks away. Don’t lock him away, he will not forgive you for it. If he bites your hands or feet (for fun, or attention) use a towel to chase him away. He will make the difference between your hands and a tool. Only use your hands for luv and a tool (feather duster or newspaper) to correct his behavior. If you are afraid of your Manx, get another breed. Manx are stubborn but faithful to a particular person in the household. If you wish to cuddle your other cat or dog, do so when he is not around. BB was living from garage to garage when I adopted him. He did not like to be brush. Now, while playing with HIM and his favorite toy, I bush him. He’s getting used to brushing and lay on his back wide open and allows me to brush his coat. Manx are playful, so play with him. Hide and seek is their favorite game. They love feathers, go to the pet shop and buy a bending stick with feather and add a little bell to it. Again, you are the boss.Another Manx cat Cat Q&AFor the past 3 years me and my family thought that my cat must just be a weirdo. I’m pregnant and have a pulled muscle keeping me sitting all day. My cat was behind me doing whatever. I asked my husband to put the dog in my lap. The moment he step toward me with the dog my cat went slap crazy.She started hissing and trying to attack the dog. This is strange behavior because the dog and cat get along very well. They will even sleep beside each other at times. My husband got the cat and she calmed down unless she saw the dog on my lap. I got up to go to the bathroom when the dog got up the cat went crazy trying to attack again. My husband tried to hold her down but got some really bad bites from her.We locked her up and she still goes crazy if someone opens the door and will not let anyone touch her but me. We did some research to see if cats can have protective side for a human they are attached to. Instead we found a cat called a Manx. The personalities match to a T. We cant find anything bout them being that protective but they can be if they are attached to one person.As for your cat not using the litter box after moving it. We had this problem a lot with our cat. If we ever had to move it we locked her in that room for an hour or she would go on our bed. Found out this is something Manx cats do because you pissed them off moving their stuff. If the cat don’t cover their poop they are showing dominants over you How to fix that no clue.

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Sleepless Manx by: Kat Lady Our Manx will play like crazy and stays awake for many hours in a row. Totally unlike other cats. She will whine when she’s sleepy, but won’t lie down and sleep. 😃


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To Rachal by: Anonymous Sorry I missed your question about how I got Sam to wear a collar. I put one on him from the beginning when he was very small. He doesn’t like for it to be removed. Sam is a great cat. I have had many cats in my,life but not one like Sam. He is unique.


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same problem by: Anonymous I have a manx cat as well. He is just over 1 year and has been neutered. Ever since I got him over 6months ago he has been very playful but definitely gets a little to excited.His favorite thing is attacking me while I’m under a blanket. Even if unprovoked, he beings stalking the blanket and then pounces! I’m sure it is all just play, but it really can hurt and he’s even bit my eye before. I noticed they love to jump and be up high. I suggest getting a little perch for the guy.


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Our beautiful cats by: Rowena Have a beautiful Manx named kitty she’s so loving to to me not so much to my husband we also have adopted a stray who arrived in our conservatory in December although they tolerate each other they sleep together at night.


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To Judy by: Rachel Hi Judy,I baby sat a friend’s cat for two weeks and when she came back, he shone her and behave badly for a good 10 days. Cats are finicky that way. Contrary to dog, cats won’t let you forget you left them behind. They will come back to their good nature soon enough. Keep repeating: GENTLE! GENTLE! They understand. That is what I do with BB, my three year old Manx. You are the boss and behave like one. Do not accept bad behavior from your cat otherwise he / she’ll run the house.


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Sam and his collar by: Anonymous I first put a break away collar on my 17 lb Samson. He kept losing it. Since he had a name tag and phone number on it I got many calls when someone found a collar. Finally I tried a stretchy collar and he never lost one again. He is very proud of it. I also have a collar light on is collar. I turn it on when he goes out at night. Still have biting but it’s more like affection. He has the most unusual personality of any cat I have ever had.


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My Manx by: Rachel BB (Big Boy) is a 15 lbs male Manx. Got him from the SPCA August 29, 2013. He was born April 2010. If you play rough, he’ll be rough with you. I constantly say: Gentle, gentle. He used to wake me up at 4 am regularly by jumping, biting my feet. After a few ‘gentle’ kicks from under the blanket he learned his lesson. If you move his box make sure it is not close to pipes, heaters, washers, dryers, freezers or any other noisy equipment in your house. Spray some frisky spritz near the box. BB prefers Purina Max Scoop clumping, aromatic formula. I clean his box 4-5 times a day and once in a while, I add more litter. I empty his box once a week, clean the container and add fresh litter. Manx are stubborn. Be patient and let them know you are the boss. QUESTION: how did you manage to put a collar on your Manx? I am trying to train BB to wear a collar and leash (at least once a day) but no way… please advise. Thanks.


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Manx cat strange behaviours by: Anonymous Our Manx cat Alli was found at 4 weeks old very small &very poorly 1 vet said he wouldn’t live , but 2 years plus later he’s fit and gets up to all sorts of strange things. .he’s a 1 person cat ( my husband) Alli attacks me as if I’m his prey biting scratching ,growling but I still love him to bits, he goes on our boat &explores other areas, he’s black& white (Felix )like face white belly with a black tie. Looks like he’s got football socks on his back legs fantastic markings . Alli carries teddys about & adraft excluder that he drags about making funny noises he’s very playful & protective of his things.


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Help with my manx cat by: Anonymous I have a question for anyone that can please help me? I got a Manx (male) neutered cat that was a rescue. I have had him for about 3 months now. I keep the litter boxes in the basement, I started finishing off part of my basement about a month ago and had to move the litter boxes, I only moved them about 15ft. My manx then started to go to the bathroom in another area of the basement, I researched and found that maybe it was the noise going on in the basement, so I brought one of the litter boxes up into a room for him to use and left one in the basement. But he would still go on the basement floor. So, I am at the point now where i was told (from the vet) to keep him in that room with food, water and a litter box for 12 days so he knows to only use the litter box. And if that does not work he is a barn cat? It’s only been a couple of days so far and he is only using the litter box. I hope this works, because if it doesn’t i will have to take him back to where i got him. So, my question is, has anyone else ever had this problem with the Manx and what did you do?? We are attached to him and he is a sweet cat otherwise. He is so happy to have a good home with another cat for him to play with. But he does sometimes get a little rough and i have to stop them. Any advice would be much appreciated.


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Eris my manx cat by: al My manx eris does this at night and what i do is 3 things to alleviate this. 1) I will play rough house with her for a half hour before bedtime for example, I will rub her head and belly really fast and switch between the two till she’s tuckered out.2)I will pet her after that when the lights are out and she lays on my pillow sometimes shell do the drag and play at this time i just let my are play dead and if she gets to rough i let her no (OWIES)and she will be softer in her play.3) At night when i sleep and she does this i will pick her up and hold her and pet her under the blanket and she curls right up and gos to sleep.hopes this helps good luck.


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my “Bob” by: Anonymous This is really more a question than a comment: my Bob (so named for his lack of tail) is a cat who found us in a state park. He has absolutely no tail at all. Nothing, nix, nada. He’s a great guy, I love him to death and he is my therapy cat. Recently I took him to be micro-chipped, and the guy who placed the chip just went on and on about what a great manx he is. I told him that I didn’t think he’s a manx because I found him as a stray. Now that I’ve read some descriptions of the manx personality, I must say that it fits Bob to a tee. He really is very dog-like. He’s the official greeter, he’ll sit by the door waiting for visitors, and he makes sure they all get both a warm welcome and goodbye. He is an incessant talker. He’s a very big boy, nearly 20 pounds, a ginger colored tabby with magnificent whiskers. Is any tailless cat a manx, or is Bob simply suffering from a birth defect?


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Strange Manx Behavior by: Anonymous My 2 year old female cat does the same thing. She will play and pull at the bedspread and bite and then go lay down at the foot of the bed for the night.


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Manxx Cat by: Anonymous He prob does not want you to go to bed. Ours does a lot of odd things one of which is an attack like behavior every time I’m dressing for work. And he is neutered . We had ours devalued very young and can imagine how bad it would be if we had not he is a handful . We crate ours at night and walk him on leash as well. Good luck, oh yeah they live extra long lives as well.


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Cat Behaviors by: Anonymous I would recommend you stop drinking before bed.


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Re: Manx cat behavior by: Anonymous I am from the Isle of Man and have owned Manx (and other ‘ordinary’) cats all my life. The cat you show here is what we call a stumpy – the pure Manx cat (rumpy)has no remnant of a tail whatsoever. Manx cats are very idiosyncratic in their behavior and some people call them ‘dog-cats’ as they will follow you around similar to the way a dog will. Actually my neighbor has to put his Manx cat on a leash and take it for a walk with his dog or there is hell to play from the cat! The behavior at night that you refer to with regards pulling and dragging is not specific to the Manx breed though – some cats just do this, and some dogs do it too. Basically, if you don’t like it then don’t let the cat in your bedroom.


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Tom cats are just unpredictable by: Judy Sam is almost 3 yrs old now and he is doing this strange thing less often now. Male cats are unpredictable for sure. We were on vacation for about 10 days. My son was checking on him daily. The day we got back I went outside to bring him in before bed and he was acting strangely and attacked my leg and bit me. I have four fang marks. He is really not mean at all, but I think he was just stressed about us being gone. Tom Cats are just weird.


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Mine too by: Anonymous My cat started doing this as well…but when I took my hand out, he bit it. Just a scratch but it’s starting to scare me. I’ve been putting him in the hall. I don’t want him to come near my face when I’m sleeping…have you gotten any further info on why they do this? PS..It’s not a manx


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My Manx by: Anonymous My manx will do the same thing every time she jumps up on my bed. It must be something in their “DNA”!


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Normal Manx behavior by: Anonymous My kitty does this too. I do not know why, but its funny. Trying to be a scary cat. Maybe its normal cat behavior?