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Meet The Munchkin Cat, A Kitty That Ranks High On The Cute And Fun-Sized Scale

They weigh no more than nine pounds and come in various coat colors and styles. Some common coat patterns and shades include solid black, gray, calico, tabby, and tortoiseshell.

Many people refer to the Munchkin as a “sausage cat” because of its short, adorably stubby legs.

History

Short-legged cats have been around for generations. However, they all but disappeared during World War Two.

It wasn’t until decades later that a cat breeder from the U.S. discovered a short-legged cat in Louisiana named Blackberry.

When Blackberry gave birth to a litter of tiny kittens, this marked the beginning of the modern-day Munchkin.

The gene that gives the Munchkin its short legs occurs naturally and is not a product of human selective breeding, although today, the Munchkin is specifically bred to create cats with short legs.

The mutation is dominant, so it’s expressed whether inherited from one or both parents. However, it is fatal when two Munchkins are bred together, so Munchkins are only coupled with regular domestic cats.

The ethics of the Munchkin breeding practice have long been a topic of debate. Some argue that the genetic mutation may have a negative impact on the health of the cats, but others have pointed out that Munchkins seem to be just as happy and healthy as regular cats.

Care and Health Concerns

Munchkin cats live a full life of up to fifteen years, but they can develop any of the other health issues that affect other breeds, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or heart problems. Their short legs do not make them more susceptible to arthritis or spinal issues.

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