Isle of Man Manx Cat kitchen gauntlet designed by local artist Meriel Burden
Never burn your fingers again with this unique Manx cat gauntlet. Made in the UK and 100% cotton. A good quality product and a great design
The tailless Manx cat is a genetic mutation. Females can produce kittens with either no tail, a stumpy tail or a full tail. A litter of full tailed kittens can go on to produce Manxies. It is not only the tail that is affected by the mutant gene but also the hind legs, which are longer than the front ones.
However if you want the truth of how the Manxie came to have no tail, the Manx people blame Noah for trapping in the door, the tail of the last animal to board the ark, the cat.
A little bit about the artist
Meriel Burden lives in the small rural village of Ballaugh on the Isle of Man with her three dogs, Alice the Greyhound, Varg and Tippi the Swedish Vallhunds, and her husband Nigel.
She graduated with a degree in Fine Art (Painting) in 1990.
Animals have always been a huge part of Meriel’s life and so after college this led her to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. She trained and qualified as a veterinary nurse at a veterinary hospital in Maidstone, Kent, and she enjoyed working there until illness forced her to reconsider her art background. Meriel couldn't envisage a working life without animals and so painting them seemed the best option!
Although the majority of Meriel’s commissions are from the UK, she can and does, send portraits to anywhere in the world.