Munchkins – short-legged cats: breed features

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Munchkins among people have received an affectionate nickname – dachshund cats. And all because of the fact that the paws of these wonderful animals have a non-standard length. Compared to the limbs of an ordinary cat, they are almost twice as short. This is a distinctive feature of Munchkins. Short-legged cats appeared in the USA. According to one version, one day a woman found two pregnant females with a non-standard appearance, one of which she kept for herself. Later it turned out that the cat has short legs due to certain mutations in the body, and her genes were passed on to kittens who were soon born. Since then, the Munchkins, named after the little people in Oz, have won the hearts of people and become good friends with them.Short-legged cats

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Short - legged cats are classified as follows:

1. By size:

  • Standard;
  • Dwarf;
  • Ultrashort.

2. According to the length of the coat:

  • Long-haired;
  • Short-haired.

The short-legged cats, the photos of which are given in this article, are absolutely not inferior to their standard companions. They are also very playful, mobile, affectionate, loyal, get along well with young children and like to walk on a leash. In addition, Munchkins are very smart and calm, it is difficult to provoke them to aggression.Short-legged cats price Even with strangers, they behave courteously and friendly. Unlike their relatives, these animals are not particularly "talkative", and you will rarely hear meowing from them. Short-legged cats, the price of which varies from 250 to 400 euros, like cleanliness and neatness, so they need minimal care, but it is still required.

Breed features: health


The average life expectancy of Munchkin cats is approximately 15 years. At the same time, they do not suffer from any specific diseases. There is an opinion that short-legged cats are more susceptible to lordosis (curvature of the spine due to weakening of the muscles), but it has not been scientifically proven.

Recommendations to hosts

  1. Periodically it is necessary to comb out the fur to avoid lumps. For representatives of long-haired breeds, the procedure must be repeated several times a week, for short-haired it is enough once every seven days.
  2. Choose a cat tray with small sides so that it is convenient for a short-legged pet to use it.
  3. Water procedures should be performed at least twice a month, and if you like to take a walk with your pet on the street, then four times will be quite enough. Use special shampoos for animals.
  4. Keep away from munchkins wires, toys and other items for the fate of which you fear. Otherwise, you risk saying goodbye to them.Short-legged cats, photo
  5. To make the cat have fun, buy balls and special toys for her.
  6. Keep a scratching post in the house to avoid damage to the sofa and other furniture that can replace it. It is best if two types of the mentioned accessories are present in your house or apartment at once: wall and floor scratching posts.
  7. If your kitty does not mind, then after the water procedures, you can slightly dry the fur to avoid a cold. However, if the animal is against it, and the noise of the hair dryer scares him, then it is better to abandon such an event.

Short–legged cats are cute and cute pets, no different from other cat breeds, except that they are very funny due to anatomical features.


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