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Munchkin

Munchkin

Munchkin cats are just as adorable as their name, with their squishy bodies and pouty faces. Give this guide a read to know more about this breed.

Munchkins are well-known for their extroverted and affectionate behavior, which is the dream of every cat lover. They come in coats of almost every color and have beautiful squiggly eyes.

Bred accidentally, Munchkin cats were not accepted by cat societies for a long time, despite their wonderful features and behavior.

Even now, they are recognized only by TICA and Southern Africa Cat Council, presumably because their stature causes them physical complications. As if their life story wasn’t interesting enough, they are named after the character ‘Munchkin’ from the popular novel ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

If you’re interested to learn more about this interesting and adorable cat breed, read more to find out.

Physical Characteristics 
Height5 to 7 inches
Weight6 to 9 pounds
Lifespan13 to 15 years
ColorsWhite, gray, black, mix
Suitable ForChildren, elderly, families
TemperamentAffectionate, playful, smart

Which Homes Are Best For Munchkin’s

Munchkin cats are big-hearted fur babies with sociable personalities who prefer to stay indoors. They’ll easily keep you company if you love at home. A munchkin will also make its way into the hearts of any child and senior you may have in your home.

Since they can be very energetic, they like having a big home to run around in. Their little legs pack in serious speed, jumping and climbing on everything you have.

Lifespan

The average lifespan of Munchkin cats is said to be somewhere between 13 to 15 years. Unfortunately, this lifespan can be heavily shortened by several diseases, such as lordosis, and pectus excavatum (no, it’s not a Harry Potter spell, it is a fatal condition where the cats have a concave chest that impedes their breathing).

Average Size

Munchkin cats have an average size of 5 to 7 inches, which makes them medium-sized. This is exactly what people call ‘fun-sized’, and I think I love it. They weigh somewhere between 7 to 9 pounds which should be monitored regularly since these cats are prone to becoming obese.

Breed Origin

Munchkins are said to have an autosomal dominant mutant gene that also affects the dachshunds, which is a result of cross-breeding.

The birthplace of the Munchkin is the United States, although other short-legged cats were seen in Russia and United Kingdom long before.

For some reason unbeknownst to men, short-legged cats sort of vanished after the second world war (You don’t think they were deployed as soldiers, right?), and they reappeared during the 70s.

Original Gene Pool

Munchkins are the love children of Blackberry and Toulouse, (we thank them for mating since we get to cuddle these warm and doting darlings). It was when a Lousiana teacher found two pregnant cats underneath a truck and gave the litter to her friend, one of the litters(Blackberry) mated with the friend’s cat Toulouse and came forth these short-legged debuting cats.

Breed Founder

The short limbs add to their cuteness as they will run around in your house (and in your heart) with their furry little bodies. They can be short-haired or long-haired and have any color combination.

These cats are nick-named ‘Sausage cats’ for their tiny appearance. Their feet will make for those amazing toe-beans posts you see on the internet as they seat underneath their plushy tummies.

Appearance

The short limbs add to their cuteness as they will run around in your house (and in your heart) with their furry little bodies. They can be short-haired or long-haired and have any color combination.

These cats are nick-named ‘Sausage cats’ for their tiny appearance. Their feet will make for those amazing toe-beans posts you see on the internet as they seat underneath their plushy tummies.

Description

Whether they have silky smooth fur or medium-density floof, they can be presented in several patterns, namely calico, tabby, or gray. Rarely, they can be hairless, but not in a mortifying way as Sphinx (no offense, Sphinx lovers!).

They have ears a little too big for their faces and big black eyes that glisten with curiosity and playfulness. Their tiny noses and mouths accentuate the loveliness they hold in their existence, often hidden under a moderate amount of whiskers.

Another endearing fact about the Munchkin breed is that the adult cat retains the size and shape of a kitten. This is good news for those who don’t want their pets to ever grow up.

Personality

Munchkin cats are known for their playfulness, which continues well into adulthood, unlike other breeds. They have a taste for exploration and are known to express interest in various activities.

These cats are kid-friendly, will respond to expressions of affection, and might like to cuddle often. They like to run around and hop, almost as bunnies do. Munchkins are like the smart kid in your class who made everyone laugh and topped the exams.

Munchkins are sociable and hence are considered the ‘extrovert confidents’ of The Cat Society.

Indoors or Outdoors

Whether an animal prefers indoor to outdoor and vice versa, depends on their evolutionary background. As I narrated beforehand the origin of Munchkin cats, you can easily guess that they have been domesticated forever.

These kitties are family-friendly domestic felines that can’t survive in the wild. They do not have the genetic blueprint that provides a species to make it through the wilderness.

However, your Munchkin will appreciate some time spent in the park playing with you or taking a small walk with your family. Refreshment has never harmed anyone.

Noisiness

Munchkins are a little bit chatty, just like extroverts tend to be. They will try to converse with you like little children do, with their high-pitched adorable ‘meows’, sometimes even accompanied with gibberish. But, a relatively silent Munchkin shouldn’t raise concerns either, they just might be introverts.

Interaction

Munchkin cats have great interactive abilities. They are like those people who can make friends with anyone anywhere. Not only will Munchkins become a valuable member of your family, but it will probably entice the entire neighborhood with its plushy charm.

Munchkins are so delightful that they have a 10/10 chance of stealing your girl. That’s right, these cats have better social skills than most people around you and me.

Intelligence

I think it goes without saying that Munchkins are intelligent. Don’t be fooled by their small stature; they are great at learning tricks and instructions. Their attitude toward exploration and uninhibited behavior only reveal the presence of intellect and geniuses.

Munchkins are so smart that they can be trained to walk with leashes on (which is predominantly seen in dogs). They can even solve puzzle toys and play fetch: another behavior exclusive to dogs that we consider a sign of intelligence.

These cats have a people-specific configuration of behavior, which means they will treat you and your neighbor, Joe, differently.

Playfulness

Munchkins can’t spend too much time sitting around being lazy. They have to constantly be on the move; running and jumping about. Their playful behavior should be encouraged by providing them with tree toys and wind chimes.

You should spend a considerable amount of time playing with your Munchkin personally, as this can be a great tool for bonding. Munchkins might show signs of severe depression if they are somehow prevented from acting in their typical manner of being over-spirited.

Friendliness

Munchkins don’t have the ‘Serve me you peasant’ complex like most cats do. They consider you their friends, not their slaves (shade intended toward the cats who do).

Children

Munchkins are kid-friendly, there is barely any probability of your child being harmed by a Munchkin. But the opposite is more possible. Always ensure that the interaction between your child and Munchkin cat is observed, lest you want your cat to be smothered under an affectionate fist or hug that was a little too robust.

Other Animals

Although Munchkins love to be around the friendly aura of any animal, it is important to remember that these cats neither play defense nor offense. That means that your darling fur baby won’t be able to stand up for itself if a fatal situation arises.

A Munchkin should not be left unsupervised in the company of larger animals such as dogs, or even cats that are a bit bigger and have an aggressive attitude. You don’t want your Munchkin to be mauled by the neighbor’s dog; not only will it be heartbreaking, but also socially awkward for you and your neighbor.

Breed-Predisposed Ailments

This is where the controversy comes in. As said before, Munchkins are not even recognized by most organizations. It is since they believe that these species are at high risk of several systemic diseases due to their genetic mutation.

In recent days studies have agreed to give a clean certificate on Munchkins’ health. But it doesn’t change the fact that they have a breed-specific predisposition to certain diseases. This includes osteoarthritis, achondroplasia, pectus excavatum, lordosis, obesity, etc.

Grooming

Despite its sophisticated appearance, a Munchkin is not high maintenance. A regular grooming routine of reasonable expense can be carried out without much concern.

Brushing

Brushing is a mandatory habit for every furry animal, not just Munchkins. Use a special roller brush (with similar functions to a lint roller) for your cat. It will help shade away extra hair as well as give a shiny and tidy coat to your cat.

Long-haired Munchkins will require a more frequent brushing schedule than a short-haired ones. Though it is an average estimate that brushing once a week is enough; not super tough, is it?

Ears

Cats are self-cleaning animals. Munchkins are no different- which means they will groom themselves constantly even when nothing is dirty about them.

Rescues will require focus on their ears as a nasty environment can harvest mites. Also, a wobbly cat or a cat that shakes its head frequently should get checked for middle ear infections.

Finances

It is essential to think through the potential expenses of having an animal before you proceed to adopt them. Munchkin cats won’t bankrupt you since they don’t require special foods or bedding. But it is important that you set aside a handsome amount of money for any medical crisis that may arise.

Cost of Kittens

The expense is going to vary a lot depending on where you are acquiring them from. Adopting them from shelters will cost you around 50 to 150 US Dollars. Meanwhile, purchasing them from breeders will be a bit pricier, costing you a whopping 2000 US Dollars since Munchkins are a fairly rare breed.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Adorable and playful, possess no harm to kids
  • Are low maintenance, a fixed and affordable monthly budget will suffice
  • Are social butterflies and get along with almost everybody
  • Active on their own and do not need any human-guided exercise
  • Available in a variety of coat styles and colors

Cons

  • Munchkins are used as bait by illegal breeders, the consequence is poorly cared for, severely distressed feline babies

Final Thoughts

Oh, what a joy it is to have a happy fluff ball bouncing around in your apartment and rushing into your lap as you come home every day. There is no greater pleasure in having a small animal snuggle against you after you had a bad day.

Now that you know all about the short-legged Munchkin cats, it is going to be an easy decision to bring one home today. I know I would.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to give special food to my Munchkin?

No, your Munchkin will eat regular cat food.