5 Things to Know About the Munchkin Cat

munchkin cat in a box

Meet the Munchkin cat, one of the most adorable feline breeds around. Its stubby legs are reminiscent of Corgis and Dachshunds, but this kitty has had its share of both fans and critics.

Despite the controversy surrounding this breed, it continues to win hearts because of its undeniable appeal.

Let’s discover more about this diminutive and delightful kitty.

A Surprise Cat Breed

How did this accidental breed enter the limelight? The Munchkin cat is relatively new, although so-called “kangaroo cats” already gained notice in the middle of the 20th century.

Let’s go back to 1980s Louisiana, where Sandra Hockenedel rescued a short-legged feline stray from a bulldog. The stray, Blackberry, had unusually short legs.

This genetic mutation was passed on to some of Blackberry’s kittens. Sandra gave one of them to her friend, Kay LaFrance, who had connections with The International Cat Association (TICA). The organization was the first to officially recognize the new breed during a cat show.

When asked, Sandra gave the cat the sobriquet of “Munchkin.” This name was inspired by the four-foot-high characters in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a children’s book by L. Frank Baum. 

Blackberry wasn’t the last of her kind. Far from it; Sandra’s backyard and her town soon became full of Munchkin cats.  

Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Do all Munchkin cats look alike? Far from it. This breed comes in a variety of sizes and coats. From orange tabbies to gorgeous tortoiseshells, they come in colors and markings as varied as regular cats.

What does set them apart is their shorter than average leg length.  They are not the smallest cat breed, but they are pretty lightweight, clocking in anywhere between six and nine pounds.

A Munchkin’s height is determined by its leg length. Contrary to their reputation, not all Munchkins have short legs. These cats come in three sizes: standard, super-short, and rug-hugger.

Can Do a Rabbit Pose 

Munchkin cats cannot do yoga, but they do have the uncanny ability to perch on their hind legs like a bunny. When you ask them to sit, they will assume a posture similar to that of a kangaroo or prairie dog.

This skill is attributed to their back legs being longer than those in front. You will often find a Munchkin cat in this rabbit pose when something catches their fancy.

A Cuddly and Curious Cat

Most cats tend to be aloof and independent, but Munchkins are quite sociable. These affectionate felines adore cuddles and affection from their favorite humans.

A Munchkin cat is curious and adventurous. It will eagerly explore new places and investigate anything that crosses its path. 

Fit as a Munchkin Cat

There’s a misconception that Munchkins are more sickly. Some organizations are convinced that producing this breed is unethical because their genetic traits can lead to serious health conditions.

If you have a Munchkin cat, don’t fret. There’s no conclusive evidence that your pet’s health is delicate. However, Munchkins can catch common illnesses, just like the average cat.

Good Things Come in Short Packages

Size notwithstanding, this mini kitty has earned a reputation for agility, high energy levels, and impressive speed. If you are on the lookout for a cat with a punch of attitude, look no further than the short, sweet, and spunky Munchkin cat. 


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