Munchkin cat diseases

Health Problems of the Munchkin Cat Breed

A munchkin cat is shaped similarly to a dachshund, in that the munchkin has very short legs on a regular, "cat-length" body. Because some dachshunds are prone to back injury, some people fear munchkins will also have spine issues.

The International Cat Association breed standards specifically state that the short legs of the munchkin cat are a natural mutation, as it is with dachshunds. Because the cat's spine differs from a dog's, munchkins are not prone to back problems, according to TICA. TICA uses committees that include its own geneticists to set standards for cat breeds.

The munchkin appears to be as sturdy as any other cat, and not prone to musculoskeletal disease or degeneration. Slightly bowed front legs are perfectly normal for a munchkin cat, as are the extremely short legs of the "rug-hugger" type of munchkin.


I have a munchkin. The disposition

by countreeprincess

Varies from cat to cat but the ones I've been around have been very lovey and playful. They tend to stay "kittenish" longer and they do NOT have any trouble doing anything a cat with long legs does. They can have the common health problems of most cats and may(mine didn't/don't)sometomes have later life arthritis/joint disorders. Cattery cats from bad catteries also have a higher risk of URI,FIP and other "communal" diseases.
When you find a breeder/s look for cleanliness,check bloodlines and breeding records,ask to see vet records/tests and see where the cats are kept(i.e not caged unless in season) ask for references from other show people and buyers

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