Munchkins are distinguished by the fact that they have very short legs. In fact, when the Munchkin was recognized by The International Cat Association in 1995, controversy ensued, as critics were concerned about possible health problems and mobility issues. However, these charming furballs are just as active and robust as any other cat.
Although short-legged cats have been known for centuries, the beginnings of the official Munchkin breed date back to Louisiana in 1983, when a music teacher, Sandra Hochenedel, found two pregnant cats that had been chased under a truck by a dog. She kept one of the cats, whom she named Blackberry. Blackberry’s kittens had very short legs. Their descendants are now known as Munchkins.
Munchkins may be small, but they have very big hearts. These kitties typically have a very sweet and lovable nature. They tend to be very affectionate and playful, and love to snuggle with their owners. Munchkins are very playful, and love to pounce on things. Many also have a penchant for shiny objects.
In general, caring for a Munchkin is just like caring for any other kitty. In order to stay happy and healthy, Munchkins need good food, clean water, a fresh litterbox, and regular veterinary care. Needless to say, they also appreciate toys, soft beds, pet furniture, and, of course, lots of love. The only thing one does need to consider is that, since Munchkins aren’t exactly the world’s best jumpers, Fluffy may need pet ramps or stairs to climb up to high spots.
There is no one specific color or pattern associated with Munchkins. These little furballs come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Munchkins can also have either short or long fur. There are even hairless Munchkins!
Lilieput, a Munchkin kitty from California, made the Guinness Book Of World Records in 2013 for being the world’s shortest feline. This adorable furball was only 5.25 inches tall from paw to shoulder!
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