How to Groom A Manx Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Manx Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate

Coaty Type & Length: Short/Long

Coat Texture: The Manx breed has a short, dense coat that is soft to the touch. Their fur comes in a variety of colors and patterns, but is always smooth and sleek.

Manx Cat

Manx cats are a unique breed known for their lack of tail or a very short tail. They are also recognized for their round head, round eyes, and sturdy build. Manx cats are intelligent and playful, making them great companions for families with children.

Manx cats are also known for their hunting skills and can be trained to fetch and play games.

Manx cats come in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid colors, tabby, and calico. They are generally healthy and have a lifespan of 8-14 years. However, due to their unique tailless gene, Manx cats can sometimes suffer from spinal problems, so it’s important to provide them with proper care and attention.

Grooming Tools for Manx Cats

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushHelps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersCuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents$5 – $15
Ear cleanerCleans and removes debris from the ear to prevent infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsMade from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience$1 – $5
ToothbrushCleans your cat’s teeth to prevent dental issues and maintain oral health$3 – $10
ToothpasteRegular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos$3 – $12

Grooming Your Manx Cat: Step-by-Step

Brushing Manx Cats

Frequency: Brush your Manx once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Increase the frequency of brushing during shedding seasons (typically spring and fall). Provide your Manx with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.


Manx cats have a thick, double coat that can be difficult to manage.

  1. Start by brushing your cat thoroughly to remove any loose fur and tangles.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Gently wet your cat’s coat, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, being sure to cover all areas of your cat’s body.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all the shampoo.
  6. Finally, wrap your cat in a towel and gently pat them dry.

Remember, Manx cats are sensitive to cold, so make sure they are completely dry before letting them outside or in a drafty area.

How Often Should I Bathe My Manx Cat?

You should bathe your Manx cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are known for their self-grooming abilities.

How to Trim the Nails of a Manx Cat

  • Tools: nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Manx cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat’s nail starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with each nail, making sure to trim the dewclaws (if your Manx has them).
  • Reward your cat with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

How Often Should I Trim My Manx Cat’s Nails?

Manx cats are generally active and playful, which can help wear down their nails naturally. However, it’s still a good idea to trim their nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Manx Cat:

  1. Tools: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your Manx cat securely and gently lift one ear flap to expose the ear canal.
  3. Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  4. Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any debris or excess solution from the ear canal and ear flap. Be careful not to push the debris further into the ear canal.
  5. Repeat on the other ear.
  6. If your Manx cat has excessive ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other ear-related health issue.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Manx Cat

  1. Start by getting your Manx cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can also use a finger brush or gauze wrapped around your finger.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the brush or gauze. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the gum line. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  5. If your cat is resistant, start with short brushing sessions and gradually increase the time as they become more comfortable.
  6. Aim to brush your Manx cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Manx Cats Common Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean. Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently, and wash bedding and toys in hot water. Consider using a flea preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian. If you notice fleas or ticks on your cat, consult with your vet for treatment options.

Matted Fur

Manx cats have a thick, dense coat that can easily become matted if not groomed regularly. Use a metal comb to gently work out any tangles and mats, and consider trimming the fur around the hindquarters to prevent fecal matter from getting stuck in the fur.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Manx cats are prone to developing skin irritations due to their lack of a tail, which can cause them to over-groom and create hot spots. Regular grooming and keeping their environment clean can help prevent these issues.

How Often Should I Brush My Manx Cat?

You should brush your Manx cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. Their short, dense coat requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Manx Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Manx cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, and even allergic reactions. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.

Do Manx cats have a double coat?

Yes, Manx cats have a double coat. This is why their coats are thick and dense.

Do Manx shed a lot?

Manx cats don’t shed more than the average cat. However, due to their thick, dense coats, they require brushing multiple times a week.