Have you ever heard of Munchkin cats? If you are not familiar with this relatively new, short-legged cat breed, keep on reading because this post includes some interesting and little known facts about these cool cats. To find out what causes this curious feline to have the stubby legs or how it got its name, check out these 25 Short And Sweet Munchkin Cat Facts.
The unique appearance of the Munchkin cat, characterized by unusually short legs, is caused by a genetic mutation known as achondroplasia.
The Munchkin cat is also known as the midget cat and the sausage cat.
Munchkins have been crossed with some other pure-breeds. This has led to several varieties such as the Minskin (the Munchkin and the Sphinx), the Skookum (the Munchkin and the LaPerm), the Lambkin (the Munchkin and the Selkirk Rex), and the Genetta (the Munchkin and the Bengal).
While some studies suggest that the stunted limbs have no effect on the quality of the cats' lives, others argue that the deformity impacts the mobility of the cats as they might struggle to run and jump.
Although many vets and experts have warned it's cruel to deliberately breed cats with this deformity, Munchkin cats are increasingly popular, largely because many celebrities have been known to own them. Paris Hilton, for example, has two of them – Shorty and Munchkin.
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