A typical family cat, the Cymric is an affectionate and sweet kitty who does not get easily upset with anything. For cat-friendly families and pets, the Cymric is a loving companion who loves her people. She may be deeply in love with one person or the entire family. They live up to 8-14 years.
Physical Characteristics of Cymric Cat
If a poet were to scribble a few verses on the Cymric, he would create the entire poem around the round contours of the cat breed. A round head with protruding large round eyes set at a slight angle toward the nose is a distinctive characteristic of Cymric.
A round rump and round whisker pads are a distinguishing trait of this cat breed. Her long hind legs and muscular thighs support the kitty’s strong, sturdy body. The cuddly rabbit-like cat has long rear legs, a short back, and a broad chest.
The stocky, heavily boned cats have long hair and a double coat that gives them a cuddly look. Their wide ears taper off at the tip. Some cats of this breed have tufts of hair on their toes and ears.
One feature of the Cymric that sets her apart from other cat breeds is that she is tail-free, though some kittens of this family are born with full tails and some with half tails.
The tailless Cymric cats are known as rumpies. Stumpies are those Cymrics with a small stump of five vertebrae that they can wade as a tail. There are a few rumpy risers, with a short tail that rises when you pet her lovingly around the rump. With age, the little tail no longer rises and is covered by a fat pad.
The Cymric are identical to the tailless Manx cat, with the only difference being in the coat length and thickness.
They come in an array of colors and patterns, except lavender, chocolate, and ticked tabby.
Personality and Temperament of Cymric Cat
An affectionate, loving, and best companion to cat-loving families, theCymric has a highly alert nature that gives them a title of a “watchcat,” who can replace a watchdog.
The kitty reacts rapidly and growls threateningly when she sees or hears anything she isn’t used to.
Although they lack a tail, they have excellent acrobatic skills that they use to go heights, even without a natural counterweight for balance. Smart and dexterous, the Cymric can use her paws to sneak into cabinets or open doors. Their playful maneuvers are quite entertaining – watching her make sharp turns and quick stops is a pleasure sight.
She is the best friend for families that will love her, play with her, and care for her.
Gentle and playful, the Cymric enjoys playing fetch toys. They love human company and are eager to start a conversation in their sweet trilling voice.
An even-tempered, playful, and smart cat, the Cymric enjoys serene surroundings. She is happy to follow her favorite person and assist with whatever they are doing. Don’t be surprised if they jump into your lap when you are going for a nap to seek a comfy nap themselves. Otherwise, she’ll curl up at a nearby spot, from where she can keep an eye on you.
The people-oriented cat is adaptable and enjoys meeting new people who are cat-friendly and greet them with a gentle cheek rub.
Health and Care of Cymric Cat
Although it is a healthy cat breed, the Cymric can become overweight quickly. You should keep an eye on their nutrition to deter obesity and make sure they stay fit and healthy. Cymric cats with partial tails are vulnerable to arthritis of the tailbone.
Some cats of the breed are prone to the Manx syndrome, which is associated with birth defects, such a short spine, bowel problems, urinary tract defects, and digestion problems. The condition is more visible in these breed of cats due to shared origin with Manx cats.
The double coat needs regular grooming and brushing to keep the coat silky smooth. The thickness of the coat demands special attention during the shedding season.
They have a lifespan of about 14 years.
History and Background of Cymric Cat
If we go by looks, the Cymric are a Manx-lookalike, with the only difference being in their long hair. The first records of the cat breed show that they emerged on the Isle of Man. They arrived on the Manx shores by ship. The first picture of the cat breed appears in an 1810 painting.
Legend has it that mutation occurred at some point and the kittens born after that did not have the vertebrae of a standard tail. Their inbreeding on the isolated Isle of Man resulted in tailless Manx. The longhair Manx later came to be known as the Cymric. They have been bred in the US since the 1930s.