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crow_noir
06-07-2001, 11:07 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG! though we are poor my fiance (we always have enogh money for our pets.) just told me today that we might be getting a kitty. he's been deprived of cats for several years, and i was my whole life because my dad hates them...and i'm not going into detail on how much. i'm majorly a dog person, but still like kitties (adults pref) well, a cat his uncle brought home turned out to be pregnant, so we want to help him find homes for the kittens. so my fiance said we can keep one (we agreed on a female) if our dog won't eat it. (he loves to eat them, but he is good w/ all baby animals, but we havn't seen him w/ kittens yet.) (just a bit of history... we rescued him last year. he never was given much food and we beleive his prey drive for cats comes from that. there have been eye witness acounts of him eating them. now however, he understands he's getting food today, tomorrow, and everyday after that.)(we're going to have him on leash to see how he does.)*so excited* anyhow, their mom has a tail, but none of them even have half a tail. i'm wondering what breeds don't have tails. (i've seen one...kind of like a tiger...very pretty...short hair.) and i was hoping someone would have links or pictures i could see of these breeds.

4 feline house
06-07-2001, 11:25 PM
More than likely they are have Manx genes. Manx can have anything from a fuzzy stump to a full length tail, or anything in between. One of my cats has an almost imperceptably short tail, and the last few vertebra feel like they are knotted. This most likely means he has some Manx blood, especially since he has two other Manx characteristics - he is large and his back legs are longer than his front legs. These may not be noticeable in the kittens until they are a few months old at least.

I feel complelled to give you some advice you didn't ask for, though. I would bring one of the kitties over for several visits before you make a final commitment, and be very careful. Some dogs never overcome their cat predatory behavior. Even after I would make sure the dog and the cat are never left alone with access to one another.