"... There must be a mutant gene in our local street cat population ... it is not common to find a full-length straight tail. Our cats are rescued or adopted, and amongst the more than 80 cats that have come into our home over the past decades, only a half dozen or so had full-length tails ... "
I have been asked if she's a Manx. It may interest you that the tailless cat is not just a natural mutation that occurred on the Isle of Man in the late 18th century (the origin of the Manx), but also appeared in several places in the world since earlier times, such as Japan and Southeast Asia.
When Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the English colonial administrator, was in the Malayan Archipalego (1811-1823), he noted and wrote about the abundance of tailless/shorttailed cats in the region. He was a historian, with a keen interest in zoology, and also the founder of the London Zoological Society and the London Zoo.
In 1868, Darwin wrote in The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication that "Throughout an immense area, namely the Malayan archipelago, Siam, Pegu, and Burmah, all the cats have truncated tails about half the proper length, often with a sort of knot at the end."
In ancient Japanese folklore, tales of tailless cats are common.
It is interesting (to me!) that many of the places where these mutation occur naturally are islands ... it appears that the geographical limitations contributed to the proliferation of a mutated gene.
I love the fact she has not tail! I used to have tailless cats and I find them to be awesome! I'm not sure why it was one of our cats had a litter with half tailless kittens and the other 2 had tails when she bred with a tailed cat. I dont believe she was a manx cat she seemed like she was mixed. She's adorable and I love how they prance that little butt around!
Many of our local street cats have no tails or very short/deformed ones .... must be some gene mutation ... like the way the manx started, on the British Isle of Man. In fact, a long straight tail is not as common! We have had many tail-less/short-tailed cats.
haha ... it is strange that you said "prance that little butt around" ... it is so similar to what a friend described as "strut their stuff"!
Hey, you want to see another of our tail-less kitty? ^^ ... [link]
Yes, not even a short stump. There must be a mutant gene in our local street cat population ... it is not common to find a full-length straight tail. Our cats are rescued or adopted, and amongst the more than 80 cats that have come into our home over the past decades, only a half dozen or so had full-length tails ... and these were mainly those that had some pedigree blood in them ... part Persian for some, part Siamese for some. But I don't see it as something to be sad about ... I find them all cute, whether no tail, or short stumps of a few inches, or three-quarter-length, straight or with kinks ... I don't apply human standards of beauty for felines ...
Well if someone was specifically breeding humans to be blind, would you be ok with that? Because that's what I object to, breeding things like pug dogs who have life threatening medical issues for their whole life, just because they were bred to have stubby noses.