The Munchkin cat is so much more than an adorable little pet: These cats are sweet natured, personable, and playful. With extra short legs that contribute to the breed’s nickname “Dachshund of the cat world,” these kitties tend to be on the small side. They may have short or long hair, and they come in every color imaginable. Munchkin cats come in three different heights: Standard, supershort, and rug hugger. Leg length affects the height only; the rest of the cat’s body is proportioned like that of an average domestic cat.
The Munchkin has similar characteristics to normal domestic cats, due to their frequent use as outcrosses. It is a small to medium-sized cat with a moderate body type and medium-plush coat. Male Munchkins typically weigh between 6 and 9 pounds (3–4 kg) and are usually larger than female Munchkins, which typically weigh between 4 and 8 pounds (2–3.6 kg). The hind legs can be slightly longer than the front which creates a slight rise from the shoulder to the rump. The legs of the Munchkin may be slightly bowed, although excessive bowing is a disqualification in the show ring. Cow-hocked legs are also penalized
When you see the Munchkin moving at high speed, cornering around your dining room table, you immediately drop any preconception that this is a slow or laid-back cat. Instead, he’s an energetic extrovert, ready and willing to play with kids, other cats, and friendly dogs. And don’t think his short legs preclude him from jumping on your furniture. He might not go as high as other cats, at least not in one leap, but he gets there eventually. The Munchkin is a smallest cat weighing 5 to 9 pounds. Other than his short legs, he resembles any other cat, with a shorthair or long coat, either of which can be just about any color or pattern. The Munchkin is well suited to any home with people who will love him and care for him. Keep him indoors to protect him from cars, diseases spread by other cats, and attacks from other animals and he can live 13 years or longer
How Big Do Munchkin Cats Get?
Munchkin cats typically reach between 5-7 inches in height and weigh around 6-9 pounds when fully grown. They generally reach their full adult size by the time that they are 9-12 months old. The Munchkin cat is therefore considered a medium-sized breed. Factors that influence their final size include nutrition, general health, quality of life, and other environmental factors. The Munchkin cat has short stumpy legs and a long spine. In many ways, it comes as no surprise to learn that this particular feline is considered to be the Dachshund of the cat world. Beyond this, Munchkin cats are thick-bodied with a rounded chest, making them look out of proportion in many ways.
Do Munchkin Cats Stay Small?
Munchkin cats stay short their entire life due to a genetic mutation. This is what gives them their distinctive stubby little legs trait. This cat’s breeding is controversial because some believe that it encourages normalizing and promotes physical deformities in cats. While it is true that short-legged cats have always existed, the earliest recordings of such are only as early as the 20th century. One thing that is for sure is that the American Munchkin cat is purposefully bred to be short-legged.
The current breeding process involves matching one Munchkin, regardless of gender, with a cat who does not possess the short leg gene. This is because the mutation will always be fatal when two Munchkins breed together. Even with this cross-breeding, the mutated gene will always be dominant over that of the normal cat. The result will be Munchkin litters. We do need to consider that breeding a cat with short legs is generally for us humans and not necessarily for the cat’s benefit.
Munchkin Cat Lifespan
The average lifespan of a munchkin cat is between 12 and 15 years. Some cats are known to live a few more years if proper care and genetic health issues were addressed at the earliest.
Munchkin Training And Exercise
Mother nature gave felines an alert mind, along with attractiveness. These cats are judicious and smart wise animals. From the early days, these cats can be taught different things. Experts suggest increasing a cat’s alertness with the use of games and puzzles that need concentration. These cats love watching objects and people around. These animals have a good sense of mind when it comes to protecting their life.
By nature, they are friendly and peaceful animals. These bassets and cats have a similar appearance, and also their trust. These cats are active and playful. They are known to get along better with dogs and not cats. Make sure that your little beauty gets as much exercise as possible. They can play catch. These cats need daily walks for an active and healthy life.
What You Need To Know About Munchkin Health
All cats have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit diseases. Run, don’t walk, from any breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on kittens or who tells you that her kittens are isolated from the main part of the household for health reasons.
Munchkins are generally healthy and do not appear to have spinal problems, but this is a young breed, so that could change. It’s always wise to purchase a cat from a breeder who offers a written health guarantee.
Remember that after you’ve taken a new kitten into your home, you have the power to protect him from one of the more common health problems: obesity. Keeping a Munchkin at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to protect his overall health.
The Basics Of Munchkin Grooming
The Munchkin’s coat is easy to groom. One with a short coat can get by with weekly brushing. Brush or comb a longhaired Munchkin twice a week to prevent or remove mats or tangles. The only other grooming the Munchkin needs is regular nail trimming and ear cleaning if the ears look dirty. Use a gentle cleanser recommended by your veterinarian. Brush the teeth frequently with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for good overall health and fresh breath. Start brushing, nail trimming, and teeth brushing when your cat is still a kitten, and he will accept these activities later on.