There are lots of cat breeds out there. Here, we will talk about one of the most recent as well as the cutest: the Munchkin cat. Have you ever seen a Munchkin cat full grown? If you haven’t already, a Munchkin cat is a short-legged cat breed that has a sloped back thanks to its longer hind legs. Let’s get to know more about this cute breed now, shall we?
Where Did the Breed Come From?
The Munchkin breed is an unusual cat type. Like other unusual cat types, it came from a spontaneous genetic mutation. One of the most distinguishing features of the Munchkin breed is its short legs. The gene responsible for this condition is the autosomal dominant gene.
To put it simply, if a cat has the autosomal dominant gene, the long bones in its leg will grow shorter than normal. What is interesting is that a cat only needs a copy of the autosomal dominant gene to inherit and pass along the feature to its kittens.
What Makes the Breed Different from Other Breeds?
There are many things that distinguish the Munchkin cat breed from other breeds. First and foremost is, of course, the short legs. Second, their sloping body is caused by the height difference between the breed’s front and hind legs. Third, variations. Munchkin cats usually share the same small to medium size, but their color, shade, and pattern differ from one Munchkin to another.
A Munchkin cat may have a small to medium size and short legs. Don’t be deceived by the breed’s look, however. Despite their size and legs, Munchkin cats are fast and agile. Not only that, they are extrovert to the core and love to play with just about anyone. If you are looking for a small yet playful cat, consider adopting a Munchkin cat.
Another unique characteristic that the Munchkin has is their hoarding tendencies. Don’t be surprised if your Munchkin cat full-grown has lots of items that they hoard. Because of this unique characteristic, some people refer to Munchkin cats as magpies.
Does their genetic mutation cause health issue? Other than the deformity in the legs size, it seems no health issue is breed-specific in the Munchkin breed. If anything, despite their size, Munchkin cats can move, run, and jump with no difficulty.
In terms of health, a Munchkin cat is no different from the average housecat. That being said, the Munchkin cats tend to suffer from health issues like lordosis and pectus excavatum, both of which are not breed-specific health issues. A Munchkin cat’s lifespan is 12 to 15 years.
Grown Munchkin Cat Size
The size of the grown Munchkin breed is small to medium. Other than their unmissable traits, Munchkin cats look similar to other breeds. The average weight of a Munchkin cat full-grown is about 4 kg, with males usually being slightly heavier than females.
It Is a Controversial Breed
So far, only The International Cat Association recognizes the Munchkin cat breed. Other cat organizations, like the American Cat Fanciers Association and Cat Fanciers’ Association, don’t do so because they see breeding the Munchkin breed as unethical.
Taking Care of a Munchkin Cat
The Munchkin breed sure is unique. That said, it doesn’t require any special treatment to take care of a Munchkin cat. Taking care of a Munchkin cat is more or less the same as any other breed. So yes, feed your Munchkin kitten properly and meet the required nutrition and you will get a healthy Munchkin cat full grown. Don’t forget that this cute ball of fur needs exercise, too.
As for brushing, it depends on the fur of your Munchkin. If the fur is short, brushing once per week using a regular brush is fine. If the fur is long, you should brush using a special brush 2 to 3 times per week. For the nails, cut them periodically. Make sure to do it carefully.
Never judge a book by its cover, or so the saying goes. This saying applies to the Munchkin cat breed. Although this breed is known for its short legs and sloping body, don’t be mistaken. A Munchkin cat full-grown is a ball of fur filled with energy and enthusiasm to play with just about everyone. What do you think? Are you interested in adopting a Munchkin cat?