Jax came to us from the shelter. He hops like a bunny when he walks. This is due to Manx Syndrome. Manx syndrome is a condition in which the tailless gene shortens the spine that can cause several long term issues.
We had X-rays done to determine the extent of his condition. Cats have 7 lumbar vertebrae. Jaxs’ #1-5 lumbar vertebrae are fine, #6 is only 1/2, and #7 is only a 1/4. Cats also have a sacrum bone in the lower back formed from vertebrae and located between the hip bones. His sacrum bone is almost completely missing..it is only a small piece of bone. His pelvis is held on only by muscle. He also has Hip Dysplasia.
He does not have megacolon a condition in which the large colon becomes enlarged and filled with fecal material. Jax does become constipated easily..as this is common with Manx cats. We have placed him on a canned food ONLY diet with pumpkin added.
Jax is a charm and loves attention..it’s hard to believe to read this that he could be so happy. Our vet does not believe he is in pain. She believes he can live a happy long life with a specialized diet.
Jax loves attention so much he will need to be in a home where someone is home frequently. He will do ok with another cat that is not dominant..the same for a dog. Jax will need to use a little box that has lower sides. His current foster home has 2 litter boxes set up for him..one with regular clumping litter and one with pellet litter..he prefers both.
A home visit will be required for any approved adopter so the foster can assist with Jaxs’ transition to his new home