Teacup cats

Teacup cat

Today I want to introduce you to some very special cats. You may not have heard of them either. They are not very popular. Teacup cats are adorable, unique, controversial and fit into a cup of tea.

I want to talk to you about miniature cats that do not exceed 23 centimeters. These cat breeds first appeared in the 1980s. They are largely unknown to humans and have called ,, teacup cats“.

Today’s article will be different from the previous ones, where I presented a breed of cats. I want to introduce several breeds of dwarf cats.

Why they are so special?

They weigh between 0.9 and 2.7 kg and have no more than 23 centimeters.

It’s about dwarf cats recognized as breeds in the United States. Many European organizations consider these cats a result of genetic manipulations.

However, the Dwarf Cat Association argues that the only thing that changes in the genetic structure of these cats. Is a gene called achondrro-placia. This results only in a decrease in the length of the legs. It is more evident in the front limbs.

When sitting on the back legs, the ridge uses its tail as a support. The whole body lifted. This has led some to call it “kangaroo cat”.

Recent studies have shown that properly cared for, dwarf cats can live as much as normal cats.

The only problem could increase sensitivity to anesthesia. They also have a sensitivity to certain drugs. This requires more procedures.

In contrast, dwarf cats do not suffer from gallbladder or blood sugar disorders (unlike miniature dogs).

Because of the size so small, these cats should not have access outside the house. They exposed to many dangers from the outside.

It does not tolerate large temperature variations. They cannot regulate and stabilize their body temperature. Their body does not have enough fat reserves.

If you want to know more about the miniature cat breeds click on the bold word in the text for each breed and watch the video.

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Dwarf breeds

Not every small cat is a dwarf cat.

For example, Singapore cats

Singapore cats

have a delicate appearance and small size. They considered the smallest felines. But they are not miniature animals.

There are insufficiently developed cats. This is due to several factors:. Malnutrition, parasites, overgrowth, prolonged illness, improper living conditions. That animal cannot grow normally. This can create the impression that it is a miniature specimen.

To determine if it is a dwarf cat, it is necessary that it had parents from a miniature breed. Detailed genetic information plays a decisive role.

Munchkin, a kitten from … Oz

The oldest breed of dwarf cats is Munchkin. It is not artificially created. It is the result of a genetic mutation. The first specimens of this breed discovered in 1953, in Russia. The details are very few.

Three decades later, American Sandra Hochendal found two dwarf cats in the van she was driving. He immediately loved them and named them Munchkin. It is the name of the tiny inhabitants met by the heroine of the fairy tale written by Frank Lyman Baum, “The Wizard of the Bone”.

In 1994, the breed recognized by the International Feline Association (TICA). Nowadays Munchkin cats have become very popular. Especially because they look like kittens, irrespective of age.

Energetic and playful, the Munchkin cat has a pleasant personality. Is ideal for families, especially for those with children.

The fur of poisons from the Munchkin breed varies, both length and color or pattern. Its weight can reach 3-4 kilograms at maturity. The Munchkin cat is very friendly, energetic and agile, despite his short legs. Intelligent and playful, this feline is generally healthy but is prone to obesity. Munchkin’s life expectancy is 15 years.


Munchkin cat

was the starting point for several dwarf cat breeds. By crossing, it with various other breeds of normal size, miniature breeds appeared. TICA recognizes them as experimental breeds.



The word “Bambino” means “baby” in Italian, and this breed named so because of its short legs and lack of fur. These are the result of the cross between the Sphinx cat, with the hairless recessive gene, and the Munchkin cat, with the dominant short-legged gene.

The first generation of Bambino cats Bambino cat

registered in 2005, so it is a very new breed, but it is growing rapidly in popularity.

Bambino kittens are known for being very playful and love to be part of the company. These are not the kind of cats that can be left alone for long periods on a regular basis. They are best suited to houses with quiet children or other animals. They are very sociable and friendly.

She is a smart, friendly and very affectionate feline.


Suitable for: single, seniors, and every family cat lover, including those with children and other pets

Lambkin, called Nanus Rex too, considered one of the rarest breeds in the world because it is a new race. But even if this is a newer breed, the exact dates for its origin are not entirely clear. It believed that this breed created in 1987 or 1991 by Terri Harris. Was an American breeder who experienced breeding a Selkirk Rex and a Munchkin. Her goal was to create a new cat that would be short, but also showcasing the unique coat of Selkirk Rex.

These sweet, docile, gentle, calm and light cats are known for loving. So, they make wonderful pets. You can expect a Lambkin to join everyone due to the tolerant and warm personality of this breed. So if you are looking for a friendly cat to call you, Lambkin will not disappoint. Whether you have other cats, other pets or children, the Lambkin exit will fit right in.

Lambkin Lambkin cat

can come in a wide range of colors. In fact, you can find these cats in almost any color and pattern for domestic cat breeds.

Also, to its distinctive fur, Lambkin also has an interesting tail. You will notice that the tail is long, curved and fluffy and even leans towards a rounded tip.

Also, as you would expect from a dwarf breed, these cats will have short, thick legs. But the short legs are on a long body, and the back legs will be taller than the front legs.

These small cats have a round face and beautiful round eyes. Their chest will be full, medium-long, round and wide.

Lambkin cats will have clean hair, but their fur will age at about 16 weeks (some will even lose their fur). Then, when they are anywhere from 8 to 10 months old, the fur will become curly again.




Skookum is a small and only cat with curly fur. It differs from the other small cats due to its resemblance to a small dog. Especially since it is very well understood with other animals, but also with children. Skookum has short legs and has a recent history, still in the crossover phase between the Munchkin and LaPerm races.

From parents, Skookum inherited short legs and fluffy wool with small curls.


Skookum cat

is a very sociable and affectionate animal, which is well understood not only with all households but also with other pets.

These little creatures keep their love of active and mobile games and even old age. They won’t give up the pleasure of watching a candy lol.


Terry Harris, a breeder of cats in America, decided to run an experiment – to cross one of her cats with a wavy cat. Soon, the couple gave birth to unusual kittens with short legs and twisted ears. For several years, Harris and other miniature cat lovers worked on the new breed. In 1997, it was officially recognized by TICA as the experimental breed called Kinkalow.

The breed probably got its name from two English words kink – “kink” and low – “low”.

Currently, Kinkalow positioned as a combined experimental breed. Still, in the stage of formation and stabilization of characteristics.

KinkalowsKinkalow cat


is appealing not only from its original appearance but also because of its character. This is a cute, friendly creature that keeps the game and naivety of a kitten until she is old. He loves affection and always tries to be at the centre of events.




This cat is a creature of Shannon Kiley from the United States. It is a new breed of cats that entered the “walking cat” in 2006. The purpose of the breeding program is to create a cat with short legs, with a wild coat that resembles the wild African rider.

This cat combines the short legs of Munchkin and the exotic layer of Bengali and Savannah.

The ideal Genetta cat is long and tubular, and the neck is long and thin. It should have firm muscles and yet be weak and certainly not bulky. Genetta has short legs, and the tail is generally longer than the body and thick. The head has an elongated appearance. His ears are large with rounded tips. Genetta’s eyes are large. Eye color ranges from bright green to dark brown. The clothes come from the marble and spot models and come in Brown Tabby and Silver Tabby. The fur should be thick, soft and short and a shiny or glossy fur preferred.

It’s a wonderful cat for any family. Younger children need to teach that cats do not enjoy playing hard. They are intelligent and show great confidence.

GenettaGenetta cat


is suitable for indoor life. It will fit well in an apartment. But it must have enough space to explore.


Cat of the breed Napoleon shares his history with cats of the breeds Persian and Munchkin. This breed dates from 1983 when Sandra Hockendal saved a pregnant cat with short legs. Soon, Louisiana’s Sandra plantation became the basis for the development of cats Napoleon.

In 1996, breeder Joe Smith started breeding cats from the Persian breed with those from the Munchkin breed. The breeder decided to name the new breed Napoleon, after the name of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who had a small stature.

Currently, the Napoleon cat

Napoleon cat

breed is in development.

The main characteristic of cats the Napoleon breed is the very short legs, like those of the Munchkin breed cats.

This cat is tender, affectionate and very friendly with people. Has the gentleness of the Persian breed cats and the energy and curiosity of the Munchkin breed cats. The big, sweet eyes give them pure innocence even in the moments when they make the biggest fools.

Even if they are gentle, the cats, Napoleon, they have a strong personality, which I reveal whenever necessary.

It is ideal for any home, even for those with small children. He attaches himself very quickly to the family, with whom he likes to spend all his time. It is good to raised in the house to avoid accidents.



Pocket cats are developing, TICA recognizing them as experimental breeds. They are especially adorable, unique and loving. Although they first appeared in the 1980s and are relatively new breeds, they are starting to gain more ground.

I wanted to introduce you to them because they are ideal cats, from home, for any family that has children and other pets.

A child growing up with a cat will be more responsible as an adult. More attentive to everything around him and less selfish (especially if he is a single child). I tell you this from my own experience, I have only one child, who is 32 years old now.

Maybe you want to adopt such a cat. It’s like a jewel. You certainly won’t regret it.

I would be happy to leave a comment on this article or to let me know if you were aware of the miniature cats. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

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22 Replies to “Teacup cats”

  1. Wow very interesting and informative post. I did not there so many kinds of beautiful cats like this. A lot of different kind of species that one can choose from. I love playing with cats, but of course the beautiful ones. Dome are so frightening to even look at. But with your post there are several varieties of beautiful ones that one can choose from. Thanks for sharing. Very helpful! 

  2. Hi, thanks for your post about unique creatures like the Teacup cat. The name is funny and also illustrates how small this special breed of cat is. Your article has educated me about this special cat and I will like to see it live. I will make effort to look out and have access to it. Also I see that your website has a lot of articles on cats, it is very useful to cat lovers. Great job. Cheers

  3. Hello there, Thank you for this very informative article. I did not know that dwarf cats were actually a breed. This is a great article so really good videos and pictures. I wonder why I don’t see many people owning teacup cats? Actually I don’t know any families that own them. Anyway, I really appreciate this article and look forward to seeing more, Thanks for the pictures and videos as well. 

  4. Hello, thank you very much for such an interesting article about teacup-cats. when ever i feel like know something about cats i visit this site. actually this my first time to hear about this breed of cats. My girl loves cats a lot but the one at home seems to big for her. If i could get one teacup for her. Thanks.

  5. Thank you for your comment. All cats are beautiful if they are well cared for, loved. And let’s not forget to play. Thanks for the appreciation.

  6. Hi Joseph
    Thank you for your comment. They really have a funny generic name. They are like jewels. Although I really like to confess that I didn’t see any in reality, although I would have liked it. Carmen

  7. Hi Russ.
    Thank you for your comment. There are newer breeds and quite expensive. Maybe that’s why you haven’t seen it. I confess that although I like them very much, I did not have the opportunity to see them in reality. Carmen

  8. Thank you for your comment. These miniature cats like children. You can choose one of the breeds for your child. But again, they are quite expensive because they are relatively new breeds and there are quite a few examples.

  9. I have heard the terms ‘teacup cats’ and ‘kangaroo cats’ before but this is the first time I’ve had the terms explained to me well. I was shocked to see just how many breeds of teacup cats there actually are and it appears, as you said, that the popularity for these cats is starting to grow even if it’s not the most popular as of now. I’d find these cats to be fun to have around and I’ve always preferred cats to dogs – they’re just far more chill and far less aggressive than most dog breeds. Another fact I found interesting is that their breeds are relatively new. I think with time, you’re going to see popularity among these types of cats grow. 

  10. I am a cat lover, I grew up with them my mum always had one in the house. Now as an adult, I am actually searching for a cat for my son I have not heard of these kind, and it’s so cool to find out about them. I like the look of the munchkin ones. I think I will see how easy it is to find one to home. I don’t often find sites dedicated to cat lovers and have book marked this one, thanks for this insight, I have an idea of what kind of cat my son and I may like in our home now.

  11. There are a lot of special things about cats.but I am not found of keeping pets most especially cats.but I most say that cats are extremely adorable and a very nice pet.in almost e very aspects they also help by scale away Rats from your house.thats most thing I think like about cats.

  12. This is a very interesting article. Most of the cats I have owned have been standard house cats. I have had a Persian in the past but I prefer the active outdoor kind of Cats. I am not totally adverse to cross breeding different types of cats I do draw the line at breeding and animal that ends up with health issues or mobility issues. 

    I always refer to cats as the only no domesticated domestic animal and I feel that they should be allowed to explore the world. This is what their species was born to do. They Hunt and explore. 

    I can see what you are saying in regards to smaller animals being breed so that children can learn to look after them and I believe that all children should learn to love and respect animals. I am just a little concerned about the health ramifications of this kind of breeding. Thanks for the interesting article. Mark

  13. I would first like to mention that this is a helpful post and i am very sure that the content of your superb article will be of much help to a lot of people, just as it has greatly helped me. very good article on tea cup cats. i do feel that there will be bully from other cats if they come in contact.am i right?

  14. An article having this quality takes time and energy to develop. most especially when it has to help out people with useful information. i also commend the beautiful website that you have created with nice templates. indeed there is a special feature about these species and i am glad to learn more.

  15. Thank you for your comment. There are indeed many breeds of teacups as well as their popularity is growing. And I agree with you that cats are better than pets. But I also have cats and dogs.

  16. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you discovered these cat breeds and decided to get one for your son.

  17. Thank you for your comment. Indeed cats are special if they are properly cared for and loved. Well, they are independent and mysterious, but that’s their charm.

  18. Hi Mark.Thank you for your comment. You are right, cats by their nature are free, they hunt, they explore. But they are also adaptable to home life. We can supply their needs with toys and affection. If you have a secured yard they are even happier. In freedom they hang many dangers, so I advocate for the adoption of cats. Carmen

  19. Thank you for your comment. Teacup cats are friendly to other pets and children. So I don’t see a problem in adopting them if you love cats.

  20. Well I do love this site. I never knew these little cats existed. The tea cup cat is so cute I would be afraid of hurting that little one, so tiny! It is interesting that the ones you highling make good pets at home and work well for the family as I know that is for some a major consideration.

    I guess I am right  in saying that they would make great indoor cats with the right attention and playtime? I love the fact you are so knowledgeable from the color to their different tails!

    The addition of video is a nice touch and I really enjoy learning from your blog.

  21. Thanks for the comment Phil. Tea cats are like trinkets. But their owner must be very careful, being so small, they can hurt them unintentionally. I’m glad you liked the video.

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