The Munchkin cat is a new breed of feline. Its short legs, due to genetic mutation, make her distinct from other cat breeds. This short-legged cat breed came into recognition in 1995 by The International Cat Association.
A music teacher in Lousiana found two pregnant cats in 1983. And, adopted one of them and gave that the name Blackberry whose half kittens were born with short legs. The woman gave one short-legged kitten to her friend, and her friend named the little kitten Toulouse. The Munchkin cat breed we see today is descendent from Blackberry and Toulouse.
Origin: United States
Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years
Weight: Male: 6 to 9 pounds; Female: 5 to 8 pounds
Size: Small to Medium
Temperament of the cat:
The Munchkin cat is sociable by nature, and it loves to be handled. This feline breed is very energetic and active though it doesn’t look. It keeps entertaining the owner by moving around fast.
Munchkins enjoy playing with kids and other pets like cats and dogs. The feline is gifted with high intellectual capability. Due to having short legs, the cat takes more time to reach higher places, and it enjoys doing so. Train the puss by rewarding it with delicious treats to encourage it when it responds well.
The way other feline breeds have several well-known health issues the Munchkin cat, generally, doesn’t have. This cat is the best for those who don’t want to have medical expenditure over the cat.
Grooming a Munchkin cat:
It’s simple to groom the coat of the feline. If the cat has a short coat, then brushing a week is enough. And, the cat having long hair needs brushing twice a week to deal with tangles and remove shed hair. Clean the ears when they seem dirty, and nail trimming should be done on a regular basis.
Always use a chemical-free and mild cleanser for the cat. Don’t forget to brush its teeth with a high-quality toothpaste product to avoid bad breath and promote dental health.
The last but not the least, always get your cat used to brushing, teeth brushing, combing, and nail trimming from its early age. If the kitten faces some problems at the beginning, it will accept all these things without having any problem after some time.