Munchkin cat animal Abuse

Are Purebred Cats Animal Cruelty?

I’ll always be a cats-first kind of gal, but I do love dogs, too. Sometimes I even watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show when it airs on TV — and maybe even Crufts, if they choose to air it in the U.S. But I hate dog shows as much as I love watching them because it’s so painful to watch these dogs who were once bred for important work that helped the human race to survive, turned into caricatures of themselves by massive inbreeding to achieve a specific look.

Although the cat fancy hasn’t gone quite as completely wacko about breeding for appearance as the dog fancy has, this desire to produce “typey” cats is starting to get its tentacles into the world of cat breeding, too.

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What got me thinking about this is that I met my first ever Munchkin cat last month. She was a gorgeous creature and you couldn’t ask for a better personality, but when I saw her try to jump from the floor to the top of a couch, only to land with a thud back on the floor, my heart almost broke.

Here was a cat who couldn’t do the most basic of feline functions: execute a graceful jump a couple of feet in the air.

Although this darling little Munchkin couldn’t jump very well, she and her fellow Munchkins got a lot luckier in the health lottery than the breed’s critics predicted when it was first shown on television during a broadcast of a the International Cat Association show in 1991. But other breeds have not fared so well.

The trouble with the kind of sibling-to-sibling and parent-to-offspring inbreeding required to produce or maintain a breed is that a lot of undesirable traits ride along with the desirable ones. Whether those problems are related to health, behavior, or both, the more overbred and inbred a line of cats is, the more likely it is that serious issues will crop up in ever-increasing numbers.

Take, for example, the Persian, which has suffered quite a bit from being the most popular cat in the U.S. The supply of cats produced by responsible breeders simply can’t meet the demand, so kitten mills churn out Persians as fast as they can, resulting in a population of cats rife with extremely severe health issues. But even breeding for “type” by responsible breeders has caused untold suffering for this noble and gentle cat.

According to Purebred Cat Rescue, Persians are “absolutely unfit to live outdoors due to physical makeup.” Their super-flat faces result in misaligned teeth, which can lead to excessive tartar buildup and decay. Many Persians’ noses are so smashed in that their nostrils are too small for them to breathe naturally and they need surgery to correct the problem.

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by siriusnut

Clearly that kitty tree is not equiped with a suitable velvet fluffy pillow and enough toys, I can understand the kitties objections, I mean really, and Munchkin clearly isn't getting ALL of the petting in this scenario, that, to a cat, is grounds for like, jail time or something isn't it? Fines? Like you have to hand feed them catnip laced anchovies once a week or something? Pretty kitties :)

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