Munchkin cats are ordinary domestic cats that have extraordinarily short legs due to a natural genetic mutation. Discovered in the UK in the 1940s, the short-legged lineage was perpetuated by breeding, but it wasn’t until 2003 that munchkins were accepted as an official breed by The International Cat Association (they are not yet accepted by the Cat Fanciers’ Association).
Despite their controversial breed status, munchkin cats make loving pets that delight their owners with humorous antics like scurrying after toys in a “ferret-like” fashion and sitting upright like rabbits.
The munchkin requires a little grooming assistance since its shorter legs prevent it from reaching certain areas of its coat with its tongue. Shorthaired cats should be brushed weekly and long-haired cats should be brushed a couple of times per week. Regular brushing helps prevent hairballs and matting.
You should also trim your cat’s nails, help your cat maintain oral hygiene by brushing its teeth a couple of times per week, and get regular cleanings at the veterinarian.
Munchkins have no problem running around on their shorter legs but can’t jump as high as their longer-legged counterparts. Still, they will hop and climb, so providing a cat tree can help them reach new heights safely. These curious and active cats enjoy interactive cat toys and playtime with their people.
Munchkins have personalities that run the gamut of domestic cats. They generally get along well with children, other cats, and dogs. Any cat should be kept as an indoor-only cat to ensure it is not exposed to diseases from other cats and fights, attacks, or accidents. Spaying or neutering your cat is recommended if they are not going to be bred.
The munchkin is a medium-sized cat that may appear smaller because of its short legs. Besides its leg length, the munchkin is a very normal-looking cat, bearing characteristics of its particular breeding lineage. Generally speaking, the munchkin’s coat is soft and plush, ranging in length from short to long.
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