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.
I just lost my Sox, male long hair, black with white Manx. His bladder and kidneys failed. I am so heartbroken, I raised Sox from the time he was six months old. His tail was about 2". He was my nubby buddy, cuddle buddy, and all around the best ever house cat. I don't think I can bring another cat into my home now.
I have a purebred Manx male, completely tailless. He'll be 14 yrs old in a month or so. He started having some diarrhea problems back in 2009 but we learned to control with chia seed and he only needs it 2 or 3 times a year now (followed by a round of probiotics). Other than that, he's in pretty good health except I notice he's not very flexible anymore, has trouble cleaning himself in certain spots (never used to get matts but now he does...i'm almost an expert at shaving them out now though lol). Also he's about 2lbs overweight, doesn't help him being able to clean himself, has trouble getting over giant belly (we are working on this)! He's had arthritis in his spine sometime now...I fear he also has something that won't show up on xray as well (disc? muscle? ligament? issue)...he loves to be picked-up but I hardly do it now because he makes a pain noise every time :( But its not like he goes about in pain. I mean, he's quite lazier than he used to be and goes about alot less since I got a second cat about 2 yrs ago (apparently that meant he didn't need to follow me to the bathroom and other cat stuff anymore) but he throws his toys about and revels in his catnip quite regularly. I give him cosequin for his back, it def helps...if I run out for more than 3 days when he's back on it, 2 - 3 days in, he gets all crazy cat running around and stuff and I could swear he's showing me how much better he feels (and then goes back to being his lazy old self the next day or so). Anyway, I hope he's got another 40 yrs in him, silly or not!