The tail is completely absent. At the end of the spine is a pronounced hollow.
The spine rises at the base upwards to a slight bow such, that the hand stroking
over the base will not be stopped in its movement.
Stumpy - A Manx cat with a short stump of a tail.
Sub-mental Organ - The small gland situated on a cat's chin.
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A stumpy white female Manx kitten. Note the long hind legs.
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Stumpies have short stumpy tails of vestigial, fused vertebrae that are often curved or kinked. In the CFA show ring, they are relegated to the "Any Other Variety" category.
Typically these are tailless cats, however they can come in three different lengths: rumpy, rumpy riser, and stumpy.
Stumpy: The Stumpy Manx has a partial tail that is longer than that of a Riser but still shorter than that of a Longy. Stumpies can move their tails, because their terminal spinal vertebrae are not necessarily fused.
The vertebrae-shortening gene that creates the stumpy tails in Manxes is also the cause of a unique condition known as Manx syndrome.
A Stumpy has a short tail stump, which can usually be moved, though the tail is often curved, knobby or kinked.. A rumpy-riser has one to three vertebrae at the base of the spine that are usually immovable. Complete taillessness is called a rumpy.
The most striking feature of the cat is its small "stub" of a tail, which is classified into four varieties: rumpy, rumpy-riser, stumpy, and longy.
"Ned is a Manx, but has what is called a "long stumpy tail" so he is not tailless like most Manx. Ned has yet to meet any food he doesn't like and he has enough personality for three kittens.
The Japanese Bobtail's stumpy tails resulted from natural mutation and are covered with thick fur. They come in short and longhair versions. This breed has a low kitten mortality rate and high disease resistance.
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Generally thought of as a tailless cat, however the breed comes in four forms; Rumpy, Stumpy, Tailed and Cymric (longhaired version), with the Rumpy having no tail at all and being the only exhibition type.
It is well-known by its stumpy little tail, which resembles a bunny's tail. The most seen Japanese Bobtail pattern is the tri-color, but other colors and patterns are also accepted.
The "Manx gene" produces cats with tails of varying length, from the "longie" (normal tail) to the "stumpy" (short tail) to the "rumpy" (no tail).
Variations to this exist in the breed namely, a Rumpy-riser has a small tail knob, a Stubby or Stumpy has a very short tail and a Longy has a shortened tail.
A completely tailless Cymric is called a "rumpy"; the "rumpy riser" appears to be tailless but has one to three vertebrae fused to the end of the spine; the "stumpy" has one to five normal vertabrae, which give the cat a short, moveable tail stump; ...
The Japanese Bobtail cat breed has since gained popularity very quickly. Its short tail is like the stumpy Manx' tail but its is due to a recessive gene which does not carry the risks that go with the Manx.
A "riser" may have a small amount of cartilage that is not visible as a tail, but can be felt under the skin. A "stumpy" has a small visible tail, and a "longy" has a tail over 2 inches.
Stumpy A Manx cat having a stump of a tail. Tufts Hair growing from the ears or between the toes. Whip A long, thin tapering tail. Seen in the Siamese, for example. Updated on July 20, 2000.
Sources: A Standard Guide to Cat Breeds, Richard H.
See also: Coat, Manx cat, Breeder, Rumpy, Show