Cat Breeds: The Rex Cat and the Manx Cat
It is indeed strange to find a cat with curly hair that wags its tail like a dog. Certainly these unusual features are prominent enough to draw your immediate attention, so you won't be surprised to learn that your cat is a Rex. These extraordinary mutants took a lot of cat owners by surprise several years ago when they began to surface one at a time in otherwise normal litters of kittens. By breeding sons back to mothers, sisters to brothers, the breed was produced, stabilized, and acknowledged.
Not only do they bear curly hair, but curly whiskers and brows as well. Through outbreed-tag, the Rex can be reproduced in whatever color, or pattern, even Siamese. The genetic mutation that causes the hair curly also restricts the fur to one coat instead of the usual three that every other cat has. Due to this characteristic, he is not waterproof and will virtually become soaked to the skin in a rainfall.
Rex has a subdued voice, and though they are descended from Domestic Shorthairs, they have a foreign body type. They have enormous appetites and will eat unusual food items, so you have to be mindful what your cat eats. Chances are if your cat happens to be a Rex, you'll know it by now.
If you have discovered that your short-haired cat has no tail, you might be wondering whether you have a Manx or an ordinary cat with its tail cut off. There are additional physical differences, nevertheless, that would lead to its true identity.
The Manx is occasionally called the "bunny cat" due to its strong back legs that are longer than the front legs and make him run with a hop. There is a hollow spot on its body where the tail should have been, and the hindquarters are noticeably higher than the front quarters. The Manx has a huge, round head having outstanding cheekbones. He has a compact look, even though he is a foreign cat, not a domestic. Typically shy and sweet, the Manx is the clinging vine of the cat hierarchy and quite attached to his owner. He makes a gentle pet, and has a really soft voice.