I caught this Manx cat looking wistfully out the window.
Manxes supposedly originate from the Isle of Man, and their genetics don’t just alter the size of their tail – it changes their whole hind end, which is why Finn is perfectly comfortable completely upright or flat on his belly or back like a person. His back legs seem longer and he runs differently.
Finn McCool was a rescue from a breeder, and his brother is disabled and will not live long due to genetic Manx syndrome. If either parent is Manx, all offspring will be Manx, a substantial percentage with serious, painful and fatal defects (tails randomly range from full length to a disconnected spine). If both parents are Manx, all offspring will die. Should anybody be breeding these cats?