Cymric is a cat that defines itself as sociable and affectionate. He loves company very much, but can become anxious if he is too often left to himself. It is therefore preferable that he has a companion, cat or dog, if you are one of those who have to take a whole day away from home for work.
Apart from the lack of tail and the length of the hair, one of the other characteristics of the cymric cat is its roundness: its eyes are round, as well as its head, feet and small back; even its ears, medium and well spread, are rounded at the tip. So it’s a real little hairball.
The cymric cat is native to the Isle of Man and is considered simply as the long-haired version of the manx. It would be enough to cross two manx carriers of the long-haired gene to obtain cymric.
It is the result of crosses caused by the limited feline population of the island; this natural selection gave birth to all the cats without tails. Also called Welsh, it appeared in the seventies in feline exhibitions, and if we can consider the manx as a rare cat, the cymric is even more so.
He is an affectionate and devoted cat, a true companion for the whole family; he is balanced and very intelligent, loves to feel loved, and to obtain the affection and approval of his master, he learns all that is taught to him.
The love he bears for his master leads him to take protective attitudes towards him and his house: he is a real «guard cat» who whistles and even attacks strangers who have the misfortune to arouse his distrust.
Its grooming remains quite easy. During moulting, it may be necessary to maintain the cat more often, but otherwise, a simple daily brushing would be appropriate. He loses his hair moderately.
Food of good quality, in croquettes or pâté, without excess. We must at all costs avoid excess, because this cat is prone to overweight.
Apart from the manx syndrome to which he is, of course, also subject – and in this case, he barely survives more than a few months – he is a very healthy cat, very robust, that does not require special care.
The genetic mutation that causes the absence of a tail in manx can often lead to severe consequences, called manx syndrome, on the development of the spine and spinal cord.
One of its best characteristics is its longevity: if it is well monitored, it easily reaches the age of twenty years without particular problems due to its advanced age; it may also be due to the particularly slow maturation of the cat cymric which, like manx, becomes an adult between the ages of three and five.
Cymric can also develop the same pathologies found in any other cat without a pedigree. It can also present a certain fragility to periodontal disease (gingivitis and tartar). Prevention and dental care will be recommended.
Good to Know
The nerve endings of the tail are always present, even in the absence of the tail. Putting pressure on this place is painful for this cat. Similarly, supporting your posterior when lifted will avoid tension in the spine. On the other hand, whether he has a tail or not, the balance of this great jumper is always optimal.