Did you know that there are more than 40 breeds of cats? The exact number varies according to organization. The World Cat Federation recognizes 69, the Cat Fanciers’ Association recognizes 45, and the International Cat Association counts 73. No matter what number you agree with, The Munchkin has to be ranked among the cutest. Read on as a Fort Bragg, NC vet offers some insight into this charming little ball of fur.
Technically, Fluffy is a chondrodysplastic dwarf. That means her bones and cartilage won’t grow as long as another kitty’s would. Munchkins are often called the Corgis of the cat world, because of their long torsos and short legs. Actually, Fluffy’s little legs have caused some controversy, as that charming aesthetic also increases the risk of her developing some health and mobility problems.
Short-legged cats have been charming us for hundreds of years. However, the official Munchkin breed traces her roots back to 1983, when a Louisiana music teacher named Sandra Hochenedel rescued two pregnant cats that a dog had chased under a truck. She kept one of the kitties, whose babies were born with really short legs. The rest is kitty history.
Munchkins aren’t just beloved because of their charming appearance. They also have wonderful purrsonalities. Fluffy is very affectionate and playful, and she loves to cuddle up with her humans. These adorable cats also tend to be obsessed over shiny things.
For the most part, Fluffy’s care needs are the same as those of any other cat. Good food, fresh water, a clean litterbox, and, of course, proper veterinary care will cover the basics, while toys, playtime, and soft beds will get that motor going. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your feline pal will be at higher risk from jumps and falls than other cats, so we’d recommend setting out pet stairs. You may also need to groom your furball, as she may not be flexible enough to reach her entire body. Ask your vet for more information.
Some Munchkins have pounced their way into the spotlight. There’s Lilieput, who made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the shortest kitty in the world. (For the record, Lilieput was only 5.25 inches tall.) Several Munchkins, such as Pooky and munchkinstevie, have also become viral sensations on social media.
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