My question: do Manx cats have shorter lifespans than other breeds? At 10yrs old he is still active and in great health. How long can I expect him to live?
I have a male manx breed cat. He's totally tail less, a true rumpy. No stump, no nothing. Hind legs are much taller in height than his front legs and it's definitely noticeable. He doesn't have Manx Syndrome either so I guess I'm (and him) are lucky. He's now 16 1/2 years old and this upcoming June 13th (if nothing health wise crops up on him) he'll be 17 years old. He chose me as his favorite and he's my constant shadow. He never allows me out of his sight for very long. Right now he's laying on a nice 4" thick comfy orthopedic bed, which is always in front of my computer monitor since I'm using my Desktop tower computer and he's watching me type this message.
He can still run like the wind and jump. The highest place in the house for him to jump is on our 30" tall bed (from ground to top of bed). I tried to discourage him from jumping up and down of the bed when he was getting older. I figured arthritis would creep into his joints and jumping off the bed onto the floor would take it's toll on his front shoulder joints and this is why when he was 10 years old, I got him a 6 step cat stair so he can walk up to the top of the bed and walk back down the steps when he wants to get back on the carpet to go to the kitchen or any other place where he wants to go.
This past January, I had a "complete" physical workup on him (blood, liver, urine, etc) and everything was normal. My vet said he has great genes, but she also said I take excellent care of him. His teeth needed cleaning since gingivitis was starting to show and my vet, put him under and cleaned his teeth. No complications from the procedure or the anesthesia she used on him, but she only gave him half a dose because of his age. No signs (yet) of arthritis.
My wife's good friend has had two manx breed cats (not at the same time), a male and a female and they both lived till they were 15. Both died in their sleep one night (years apart). Both of them never had Manx Syndrome either.
My vet said she has three more manx breed cat patients she takes care of at her clinic. None of them have Manx Syndrome either. They range in age from 8-12 years of age. My manx cat (Tiger) is the oldest.
Of all the manx breed cats I've come into contact with, all them are "people cats". They're super friendly and not shy. Our cat doesn't hide when the "repairman" comes (from any company) into our home.