Munchkin cats inbred

Inbreeding makes pedigree cats diseased and deformed, animal welfare groups warn

Certain breeds of cats such as Persians (top left) are at increased risk for health problems

Animal welfare groups believe that cat lovers are largely unaware of similar problems in feline breeds.

Cats bred with certain physical characteristics, such as flat faces and small legs, are at increased risk of getting cancer, kidney disease or joint problems.

The RSPCA, PDSA and Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) are now highlighting the issue to try to put pressure on cat breeders to eliminate the deformities which cause suffering.

The body responsible for registering pedigree cats is so concerned about the problem it has decided to look afresh at its rules which govern breeding.

Sean Wensley, senior veterinary surgeon at the PDSA, told the Sunday Telegraph: 'These are genuine welfare issues and the cats are suffering from these conditions. We need a combined effort between breeders doing more to screen out genetic problems and owners to learn more about these problems.'

As with pedigree dogs, cats are bred selectively to exaggerate various physical characteristics which are considered attractive, such as the length – or absence – of fur, the size of animal's legs or the shape of its skull. The animals can be sold for more than £800.

Sphinx CatAmong the breeds worst affected by health problems are Persian cats – one of the most popular types in the UK – which have been bred to have a flat face, causing them breathing difficulties and bulging eyes, which weep and need to be frequently wiped by their owners.

Male Persians are also prone to a condition which means one or both of their testicles stays in the body. As a result, the animals are more likely to develop cancer.

Munchkin cats, favoured for their short legs, also suffer from joint problems. Other breeds are prone to conditions like kidney disease or diabetes or are predisposed to types of cancer.

One breed, the Scottish Fold, is prized for a genetic defect that causes the animal's ear to bend forward but which also causes cartilage problems elsewhere in its body. White cats from several breeds are also predisposed to deafness.

Sphynx cats have to be kept indoors because their lack of hair makes them vulnerable

Claire Bessant, chief executive of the FAB, said: 'We're speaking out now, because we want to learn lessons from what has happened to dogs.

'It is human nature that is the problem – wanting something that is different and that has pushed the boundaries.

'Dogs were initially bred to be able to carry out tasks, but we have only ever bred cats for looks, not purpose.

'We've got to try to put some moral pressure on breeders not to create extremes and to think about the welfare of cats as a species. We should be very vigilant because we have pushed some of the breeds too far.'


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I have a munchkin. The disposition

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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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FAQ

MILLIlS
Cats- Is there a toy/breed? What is the smallest cat breed ?

I don't think there is a breed that is smallest, like in dogs, I think there are small individuals, like in people.

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Munchkin cats?

I looking for a munchin kitten in orlando FL, does anybody know is there a breeder in Orlando, FL? thanks

I would do a google search for Munchkin cat breeders. Or get a Cat Fancy Magazine they have Munchkin cat breeders advertisments in the back of the magazine. Be careful buying Munchkins. They have inherited Heart problems that come with the minature legs. 70% of Munchins born with the dwarfed legs have weak or enlarged hearts. Its just a thing that runs in the genetics because of the severe inbreeding amoung close relatives to get the dwarfed legs. Be sure they are fully vetted and if they arent i would go right to the vet after you buy one and have his heart checked.
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