I thought he was a dark grey cat with blue eyes until I bathed him and found this lovely Seal Lynx Point Manx underneath all the grime. He is a tail-less cat with no tail at all. He has a divot where his tail would be - so cute. They call this kind of cat a Manx - because they first found tail-less cats on the Isle of Man in England. We know he has Manx in his breeding because that breed also has long back legs and shorter front legs making them kind of hop when they walk - just like bunnies. Tyler has blue eyes and medium-long fur and that also makes him unique. A long-hair Manx is called a Cymric. Technically, he called a Seal Lynx Point Cymric but even fewer people know what that variant of the Manx breed is all about - only the true Cat Geeks like me and Guy! (We've been to a few cat shows and have many back issues of Cat Fancy.)
I was surprised when I first got Tyler that he loved to ride in the car - most cats hate the car due to inner ear disturbances, the balance sensitivity that allows them to land on their feet gives them car-sickness. But Tyler didn't scream like the others and loved rides - I gave him the middle name of Toonces. Tyler Toonces Redwing! Tyler is one of those unflappable cats that love the veternarian, are good in the car, loves other cats and even dogs, and is kind of the boss around the house - he often bosses Guy and me! His calm and confident demeanor is unusual among cats and it make him "the king" of our little pride.
Back in 1992, when I got Tyler - I soon realized that I had adopted a dumpster or "street" kitty. I was eating a tuna sandwich on the couch and watching T.V. when along came Tyler.... He slapped the sandwich out of my hand and ran off with it - swallowing as much sandwich as he could until I caught him. He was well schooled in "life on the streets" in Minneapolis and if you wanted some food you had to "GRAB IT". I laughed and once he figured out regular mealtimes he calmed down a bit.
It should be noted that I knew Tyler before I even knew my husband, Guy. I owned Tyler for 2 months before Guy and I met. Despite this, Guy has bonded to Tyler incredibly over the years - he has truly adopted him has his own (who adopted who is up in the air).
Mr. Tyler Toonces Redwing has had some weird habits over the years:
1) he used to lick the cheese off of Cheetos leaving little dead, white Cheeto corpses around the house
2) he had a sweet tooth and went nuts for anything sweet - I think that is because sweet things would rot less in dumpsters so he probably ate that first...?
3) He has always been a cuddler. He loves to be held, snuggled, kissed, petted - any type of attention is fine with him. He lets Kaylee (Shih Tzu) lick his face and ears!
He doesn't do the first 2 items anymore because of his advanced age - although he is great at still coming when you call him. He is almost like a dog that way - very obedient.
2) Add nine years for the second year. A two-year old cat will approximate 24 human years.
3) Add four human years each for successive years of his life.