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Feline 411: All About The Cymric Cat Breed

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Cute, lovable, and oftentimes tailless, the Cymric is a rare and totally adorable cat breed. Whether you believe this cat is its own breed or not, there’s no doubt the Cymric has a personality and charm of its own.

Let’s dive into all the facts on the Cymric cat!

So, how do you pronounce Cymric?

It’s super important to know that Cymric is pronounced ‘kim-rik.’ Yes – the first ‘C’ is just like a K.

Cymric cats have old roots

The origins of these cats date back a few hundred years. We’re talking back to the 1700s most likely. This is when the Manx cat arrived on the Isle of Man, an island nestled in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England. Manx and Cymric cats are nearly identical to each other, apart from their hair. But, the Manx cats didn’t just appear out of the blue there – many speculate that the Vikings may have brought these cats over via ship centuries ago!

But, what makes Manx and Cymric cats different from their old, potentially Viking cat ancestors is their tailless figure. Yes – you heard right. Manx cats do not have tails at all. This spontaneous mutation was thought to have occurred in the 1700s or 1800s on the Isle of Man, giving the Manx. The Cymric followed after, as the long-haired version of this cat breed.

These cats are as wise as their age

The Cymric is one intelligent kitty. This cat can pick up any game rapidly fast. It’s no wonder Cymrics love to play a game of fetch or go for walks on a leash.

Not only do Cymrics adore their families, but they also rely on their humans to stay mentally stimulated. With that said, it is best not to leave your Cymric alone too long, as these cats will get restless and grow tons of separation anxiety.

Cymric cats have four types of tails

What may seem bizarre about Cymrics is that they are generally tailless cats. To get specific, Cymrics have 4 types of tails. There’s the rumpy tail, or essentially no tail at all. Then, there is the rumpy-riser, which is a small knob where a cat’s tail would be. Following that is the stumpy tail that is roughly a third of the length of a regular cat tail. Finally, there’s the ‘longy’ or full-tail.

cymric kitten

There is some debate around if the Cymric is an independent breed

The Cymric’s history has caused a few disagreements among cat associations on whether or not this cat is a breed on its own. In fact, the CFA in particular doesn’t consider this cat to be its own breed. Instead, the CFA classifies the Cymric as a variation of the Manx cat, called the Longhair Manx.

On the other hand, the ICA (International Cat Association,) along with most other relevant cat associations, recognizes Cymric cats as their own breed.

They are also pretty athletic kitties

What many adore about Cymrics is just how tough they are. These cats are medium to large in size, with stalky legs and muscular bodies. It comes as no surprise that Cymrics love to climb and jump on things. So, make sure you don’t leave the cat food on the top of the fridge. Your Cymric might find it funny to knock the bag straight to the ground…

cute cymric kitten

Cymrics are natural-born human lovers

Cymric cats live for affection. These cats absolutely love their humans. They are super kind and gentle in their ways. Cymrics love to play whenever they can. This all makes these cats great additions to any family, even ones with small children.

These cats are also known for their fantastic hunting skills. A Cymric has been called a ‘watch cat,’ as this kitty will keep an eye out for any and all pests. So, don’t be surprised if you hear your kitty growling. Your Cymric is just trying to protect you!

Grooming is a priority for Cymric cat owners

There is no doubt that this cat has gorgeous looks. To make sure your kitty stays healthy and beautiful, a consistent grooming routine is a top priority.

Cymric cats have double coats that need brushing around 3 times a week. It is also best that you pay close attention to your Cymric’s teeth, brushing them once a week if you can.

The Cymric cat is a quirky, rare cat breed that will charm any cat owner. Do you or anyone you know have a Cymric cat at home? If so, we’d love to hear all the funny stories about this playful and adorable kitty.

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