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Holly and Lila, our Munchkin Cats

This is a response to some questions I was answering on Reddit about our two munchkin cats. I got really long-winded, so I figured I’d save some Reddit bandwidth and just post it here. I also have two previous posts about the cats .

Lila (the Lynx-Siamese on the left) and Holly (the smoky Calico on the right) are out Munchkin Cats, meaning they have shorter-than-normal legs, but regular-sized paws, spines, and everything else. Because of their flexible spines and joints, munchkin cats won’t experience the hip/spinal problems that dogs like dachshunds and corgis often experience. Both cats were rescues from the Middleburg Humane Foundation near Middleburg, Virginia. (Feel free to donate. We do about once a year). The cats were rescued from an animal hoarder who had 117 animals on her property, including 27 cats, and various birds, horses, etc). After that, they spent 6 months at the shelter, mostly just waiting on the legalities of being able to adopt them out. Unfortunately, the shelter was unable to legally spay either cat until after everything was sorted out, and both cats became pregnant. Lila had a healthy litter (a mix of munchkin and regular-sized cats), while Holly’s litter were stillborn, probably due to her mating with another munchkin cat, which causes various problems that usually prevent the litter from surviving to term. All of Lila’s kittens were adopted out successfully.

I should note that both cats (Holly and Lila) have warmed up to us quite a bit. Lila is lynx-siamese cat, with polydactyl toes (7 toes on her front paws, 6 on the back). She’s very curious, and will follow us when we do chores, and will sniff our hands, but we can’t pet her unless she’s sleeping on the bed. At that point, she’ll wake up, and begrudgingly accept being touched, and will remain relatively relaxed at that point.

Holly, on the other hand, has really warmed up to us. Nearly every morning, after I’ve gotten up and started to get ready for work, she will jump up onto my side of the bed and meow until I pet her. Between my wife and I, she’s basically chosen me, and will come visit me in places she deems safe, like on our bed, and the bathroom. I was reluctant to have her in the bathroom with me, but she started out so skittish that I finally gave in. It was (and is) one of the few places she’ll consistently hang out without becoming scared.


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by mr2gurl

Im dissapointed because I cant find one that mentions the rabbit burrow hypothesis. Hehe
"History
Munchkin is a naturally occurring, domestic cat breed characterized by unusually short legs. These short-legged cats have been documented in 1930s in England. But World War II took its toll on the cat and threatened the extinction of this species. These cats were rediscovered in Europe in 1980s. Breeders undertook measures to conserve this breed and since then this breed has flourished. Recently it has been accepted as breed by TICA. "

FAQ

lea chan
Where do i buy a munchkin cat?

In malaysia

Probably nowhere. They're a very new breed with few breeders and only recognized by TICA. Kittens START at around $1,200.

Why would you want to condone the breeding of dwarfism in cats?

Autumnbreeze
How do minor cat breeds become a real pedigree cat breed?

A cat that no one recognizes, such as a Napoleon or Kucing Malaysia.. How are they recognized to be true pedigrees? What do they have to go through? And is it even possible to reinvigorate an almost dead cat breeding attempt?
If you happen to have knowledge on the Kucing Malaysia cat, please tell me about them!

In order to be a recognized breed they have to be accepted by a majority vote by the registry's board members. IE, TICA has monthly meetings of all its Regional Directors. At that time breeders will propose that a not-yet-accepted breed me accepted as an "Experimental New Breed". Next step would be acceptance as a "Preliminary New Breed" and finally "Championship Breed".

Very unlikely the Napoleon will ever be accepted by any registry as it's combing the Persian or Exotic Shorthair with the Munchkin - a dwarf breed. Most Persian and Exotic…

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