What Is A Munchkin Cat?

September 30, 2009

in Cats

The cat breed known as munchkin cats was developed from a natural genetic mutation. Munchkin cats have legs that are significantly shorter than other cat breeds. The Munchkin cat breed is a relatively new breed.

The Munchkin cat breed began with the discovery of a short-legged cat named Blackberry. Even though short-legged cats were in existence as early as the 1940s, Blackberry’s discovery in 1983 became the foundation for the Munchkin cat breed.

The International Cat Association (TICA) has accepted the Munchkin cat breed as a championship breed, but Munchkin cats have not yet been accepted by the Cat Fanciers? Association (CFA). Many resources claim that Munchkin cats are becoming more popular which could aid in their acceptance into the Cat Fanciers? Association.

Munchkin cats are described as people oriented and seemed to enjoy being handled and held. These cats are also described as extremely playful.

The walnut-shaped eyes of Munchkin cats are spaced far apart. Unlike most cat breeds, the color of the eyes are not related to the color of the cat’s coat. There are no restrictions on acceptable eye color.

A Munchkin cat has ears with slightly rounded tips. The medium-boned Munchkin cats should have muscular bodies. The shortness of the legs does not seem to impede the cat’s ability to be active.

Some people disapprove of the breeding of Munchkin cats. A common fear is that the short legs are a deformity that put the cat at a disadvantage. Munchkin cat breeders support the cat breed by stating that the cat breed is healthy and not prone to any diseases.

Munchkin cats can be longhaired or shorthaired. A shorthaired Munchkin cat has a dense, plush coat that is short to medium in length. If a Munchkin’s shorthaired coat is solid colored, it is typically not as dense as other colorings. Longhaired coats of Munchkin cats are silky and semi-long.

People who are knowledgeable about pets but not specifically about Munchkin cats may be concerned that Munchkin cats may suffer from the same spinal problems that corgi and Dachshund dogs are prone to. This is not the case since cat spines do not have the same susceptibility to spinal problems due to short stature.

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