The Munchkin cat is suitable for any household with people who will love him and take good care of him. He may live 13 years or more if you keep him indoors where he is safe from traffic, illnesses shared by other cats, and attacks from other animals.
THE HISTORY OF THE MUNCHKIN CAT
The Munchkin cat is a subspecies of domestic feline that evolved via a recognizable genetic mutation. There have been sightings of short-legged felines in the United Kingdom in 1944, Russia in 1956, New England in 1970, and Louisiana in the 1980s. The Munchkin cat breed may trace its ancestry back to a stray cat called Blackberry who was discovered in 1983. In order to breed with local male cats, she and one of her male small kittens, Toulouse, were outcrossed. Domestic shorthairs and longhairs may still be outcrossed with to provide a diverse gene pool.
Beginning in 1994, the Munchkin’s future was guided by the International Cat Association’s new variety promotion program, which employs a hereditary characteristics board of trustees to vet breeding data. The Munchkin’s small legs became a hallmark of the breed, much like those of the Corgi and the Dachshund. In 2003, the International Cat Association officially recognized the variety. As far as the Cat Fanciers Association is concerned, Munchkin cat aren’t cats at all. READ MORE
MUNCHKIN CAT TEMPERAMENT AND PERSONALITY
This is a playful cat that enjoys being petted and cuddled. He’s far more agile and fast than he seems to be, and he has a ton of energy. To understand this, think of a sports car with a minimal towing capacity.
Munchkin is a friendly cat that enjoys playing with both children and other animals, such as other cats and dogs. Expect him to sit up on his hind legs to take a closer look at anything fascinating on the few occasions when he’s not on the go. While he isn’t the kind of cat can “leap large buildings in a single bound,” he has everything he needs to get to the top if he so chooses. He merely needs a little more time to do the task.
The Munchkin cat has an impressively sharp eye. Put his mind to the test by luring him into dishonesty and providing him with puzzle toys that, if mastered, will provide tasty rewards like kibble or biscuits.
Choose a kitten only from a responsible breeder who grows her litters in her own home and socializes each one from birth. You should get to know at least one of the guardians and ideally both of them to make sure they’re nice people. READ MORE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MUNCHKIN CAT HEALTH
All Munchkin cat can have health problems that run in their families, just like all people can get sick. Run, don’t walk, away from any cat owner who doesn’t offer a health guarantee on small cats or who tells you that her cats are separated from the rest of the family for health reasons.
Most Munchkin kittens are healthy and don’t seem to have back problems, but this breed is young, so that could change. It is always a good idea to buy a cat from a breeder who makes you feel calm and safe.
When you bring a new little cat into your home, remember that you can keep him from getting fat, which is one of the most common health problems. Keeping a child at a healthy weight may be the easiest way to make sure he is healthy all around. READ MORE
Health and Care
The Munchkin cat doesn’t have any specific health problems. It is a healthy breed, mostly because it is a breed that has always existed. Brushing the coat isn’t necessary, but it’s a nice thing to do once a week in addition to things like brushing the teeth. This breed really enjoys being around people and will sit still while being combed or brushed because it gets to spend time with the person who cares for it.
One important thing to remember about this breed is that it loves food. If it can eat as much as it wants, it will eat more than it needs and ask for more, which makes it a sure candidate for weight-related health problems. The best way to stop this from happening is to measure the food and only give it to the cat at certain times of the day. Everyone in the house should also know that they can’t give the munchkin cat too many treats or scraps. READ MORE