specifically a manx KITTEN because i did some research and discovered that manx breeds are loyal and don’t easily adjust to new owners, and are not partial to them….. found several kittens for sale, but no one had any kind of price range listed… ALSO– how much monthly? Maintenance? Do they have as bad of a health reputation as the internet implies?
Answer by Percy-and-Penny
A pedigreed Manx kitten from a reputable breeder would start at about $ 600 for a pet quality kitten, into the thousands for a show quality kitten. They may even be pricier than that as they’re not one of the more common breeds. Plus the fact that a litter of kittens can contain ones with full tails, short tails or no tails – leaving few cats in the litter that are show quality.
I’m sure there’s lots of people out there selling kittens with birth defects that left them without tails and calling them “Manx”. Short, crooked and missing tails are very common in cats that have been inbred. And I’m sure the “kittens on sale” you found listed were probably in the paper or craigslist – exactly where you should NOT be looking for a pedigreed kitten.
I’m not sure where you’ve heard they have health issues. This breed has been around for a long time and tends to be very genetically strong. If you’re really interested in getting a cat of this breed the best thing to do would be to go to cat shows and look for breeders, owners and talk to them. You can look at the show calendar at http://www.tica.org to see when a show will be near you.
As far as monthly expense – no more than any other cat. Maybe $ 20-$ 30 for food and $ 10 for litter and supplies. Shots, checkups – whatever your vet charges.
Personally I think you should just go to your shelter and adopt a cat of any breed or of no particular breed. I have three shelter cats and they’re the sweetest, most loveable and most bonded to me cats I’ve ever known – more so than any I’ve had since kittenhood.