Five Myths You Need To Know About Munchkin Cats

The munchkin cat is one of the most adorable breeds around. His short little legs make him very desirable. He is just as fast, healthy, and agile as other breeds. If you are considering adopting one of these cats, you can expect to live a long and happy life with him.

The munchin cat, as you can imagine, is small cat who weighs between 5 and 9 pounds. He has very short legs and can have either a short or long coat. His coat can be any color and any pattern. If you are considering adopting one, you should know what is true and what is not true about this breed.

Her are five myths about the munchin cat:

Being a Munchkin is a Genetic Disease

Being a munchkin is not a genetic disease. It is also not a handicap. Having such short legs is the result of a mutation, the same way that the Sphynx loses its hair due to a genetic mutation.

His Legs Don’t Limit Him

Many people believe that because his legs are so short that the munchkin cat is limited in what he can do. This is not true. He can move the same way that a cat with average size legs can. He can still run, jump, and climb. He is also incredibly agile.

His Growth is Not Stunted

Many people believe that the reason that the munchkin cat is so short is that he stopped growing. This isn’t true. When he is born, his legs are already shorter than other breeds. He continues growing on schedule the same way other cats do, he just started off with shorter legs.

His Mutation Does Not Make Him Unhealthy

When people hear the term, genetic mutation, they automatically think sickly. This is not the case with the munchkin cat. The breed was born in 1983 and since then, no common health issues were found in the breed. If he is properly taken care of, he can live to be up to 20 years old. He also isn’t prone to any spinal issues, slipped disks, or any other hip and back issues. Many people think that due to the size of his legs that he will have problems in the future. This is not true. He is a very healthy breed.

He Can Go Outside

There is a common myth that munchkin cats have to be indoor cats because they are too little to defend themselves against predators. This is not true. Munchkin cats may have short legs, but they are still capable of running. They may not be as fast as other cats, but they can run. Their best form of defense is climbing. These cats can climb much better than other breeds of cats. If he is being chased by a predator, he just needs to get to a tree so that he can climb up and wait for the predator to leave. Also, when he is in the tree you don’t need to worry about him falling. His mutation doesn’t affect his balance at all. Most cats enjoy the outdoors and the munchkin cat is no exception.

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