Fluffy Munchkin Cat: Irresistable Cuteness and Quite a Character

   This peculiar-looking cat breed originated in the United States and is still rare in the rest of the world. Fluffy Munchkin cat’s characteristic short legs appeared as a result of a spontaneous genetic mutation. It is this physical traits, coupled with their distinctive character, that makes these felines so special in the eyes of their breeders and fans.

  Munchkin's paws are amazing. These are indeed very short compared to the body. They are considered the trademark of this breed. However, the Munchkin's legs are still powerful and well-muscled.

  His ears are disproportionately large, slightly rounded at their tips, and stand erect on his head. His head is angular and his forehead is flat. Her eyes are almond-shaped, relatively far apart, and slightly slanted. They can be any color.

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  The Munchkin's legs should generally all be the same length, but the hind legs can be slightly longer. The legs should not face outwards or inwards, but forwards, and they should be rounded. The tail is as long as the body and slightly rounded at its end.

  The Munchkin is medium to large, and its body is very muscular. On their cute little paws, the female Munchkin weighs up to 7.7 lbs and the male 9 lbs.

 

   Fluffy Munchkin Cats Colors and Features

  The two variants of hair length in the Munchkin are short and medium length. Semi-long-haired Munchkins are called Longhair Munchkins.

  The Munchkin comes in every fur color imaginable: from black and white to red, to gray, with different accents. We find the same diversity in the colors of the eyes.

   There are subspecies of Munchkins. One of them is the tiny Mei Toi. There is also an even shorter-legged variant called "super short" Munchkins.

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  Munchkin character

   This cat is described as affectionate, calm, very sociable, lively, and playful. Their need for movement is as important as that of other cats. He likes to run and play. Despite their short legs, Munchkins can jump but are still a little lower than other breeds. Nevertheless, their short legs do not limit their mobility. Their speed is particularly remarkable. Also, Munchkins like to climb, so it's best to have a cat tree or a scratching post.

The Fluffy Munchkin Cat generally gets along very well with children, other cats, and pets in general. He loves that his human housemates give him lots of love, affection, and attention, and enjoys sharing as many moments as possible with them. The Munchkin is very curious and likes to participate in family life. Munchkins are known for their curiosity. To get a better overview of their surroundings, they often stand on their hind legs.

 

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  Behavior: A Home Cat

  The Munchkin is not made to live in a home where he must be left alone all day. The ideal for him would be to live with elderly people who have plenty of time to take care of their pets.

  A family with children, other cats, or other pets also suits the nature of the Munchkin. Provided, of course, that the children are considerate and responsible with the small animal.

  The Munchkin is not a cat made to live outside. After all, he's only partially capable of handling himself outdoors, unlike his bouncy brethren. A secure outdoor area, such as a well-enclosed garden, is particularly suitable for it.

 

  Care: Regular Brushing

  Depending on its length, you should brush your pet's fur regularly. This will prevent it from felting.

  Plus, regular brush grooming strengthens the bond between you and your cat. Finally, your favorite sofa will be spared from hair. Every household where a cat lives should have a cat tree. The Munchkin also likes to make his claws and, with a cat tree, he can maintain and sharpen them.

 

  In cats, dental care is done in parallel with food. For this, dry food is very effective. However, if you need further advice, your veterinarian will be able to help you.

 

  Speaking of veterinarians: The recommended frequency of check-ups is once or twice a year. The veterinarian knows precisely where your cat is in its deworming and vaccines. Proper care, a healthy diet, etc. preserve your cat's health, prevent him from many ailments, and save you from long and expensive procedures.

 

   What kind of food does my Fluffy Munchkin cat need?

Above all, dry food has advantages for the cat's master: it has little smell, and the cat can eat it at any time of the day, for example when his master is at work.

 A cat should always consume mainly dry food, and wet food should only supplement it, or exceptionally replace it. This is the key to a balanced diet. The negative point of dry food is that it contains little water, and your cat is at risk of developing bladder and kidney diseases. In addition, dry foods have a high energy content, which can lead to overweight cats.

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Fluffy Munchkin Cat Health

  According to The International Cat Association (TICA), and contrary to what people criticize about the breed, the Munchkin's short legs do not reduce its ability to move.

   Since the Munchkin is a relatively young breed of cat, it is not possible to say precisely what the diseases specific to this breed are.

  However, lordosis is often diagnosed in cats of this original breed. It is a convex forward curvature of the spine. This can greatly reduce their life expectancy.

  It is not known if this disease is related to short legs. Unlike the dachshund, also known for its short legs, the Munchkin is more rarely affected by spinal disorders.

 

  What is the life expectancy of a Munchkin?

   With a species-appropriate lifestyle and diet, Munchkins can live to be 18 years old.

 

  How to find the right Munchkin breeder?

  The Munchkin is primarily bred in the United States, so it's not easy to find one elsewhere. It is possible to find reputable Munchkin breeders in Europe, but you must be prepared to travel a few miles to be able to visit them.

  Make sure it's a reputable breeder who treats their animals responsibly. Kittens should stay with their mother until at least 12 weeks after birth to learn everything important to the cat. Stay away from breeders who offer purebred undocumented cats at low prices.

  Origins of the Munchkin

  Munchkin cats were discovered in the early 20th century but fell into oblivion during World War II. Later, the Munchkin appeared in Stalingrad, New England, and finally in Louisiana in the 80s.

  It was there that Sandra Hochenedel discovered a little short-legged black cat that she named “Blackberry”. Blackberry then gave birth to several kittens, half of whom had short legs. Toulouse, a cat from a litter of Blackberry, was given to a friend of Sandra Hochenedel. With these two cats, the foundations of the Munchkin breed were laid.

  In 1991, the Fluffy Munchkin cat was first exhibited in New York at Madison Square Garden. In 1994, it was included in the TICA (International Cat Association) breeding program, and the breed was granted champion status in 2003.

  Many reputable breeding associations, such as FIFe (International Feline Federation), do not recognize the Munchkin. It is claimed that the Munchkin breed is based on an inherited disease, or that it is prone to health problems due to malformation of the legs. However, many Munchkins breeders and veterinarians believe that Munchkins cats are by no means limited and that they are no more likely to suffer from health problems than other breeds.

  The term "Munchkin" comes from the dwarfs of the imaginary land of Oz of the same name, from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" by Fleming.

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