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.
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Not every small cat is a dwarf cat.
For example, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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