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Munchkin kitties hobble their way into our lives

By Tori Helman

Munchkins are a medium size cat that has short stubby legs. It is the dachshund of cats. They have short and stubby legs because of a genetic mutation. The mutation is an autosomal dominant gene. If a baby is born with two genes for the short stubby legs, then the baby will not develop in the womb. The baby has to have only one gene to be born with short stubby legs.

Munchkins have a lifespan of 13-15 years. They can come in all different colors and coat patterns. Male munchkins weight 6-9 pounds and the females weigh 4-8 pounds. The cat is friendly and likes playing with children, other cats, and dogs. They are nicknamed magpies because they often take small shiny objects and hide them to play with them later. The munchkin is a very intelligent cat and loves to play games that challenge them. It is recommended to play with them for 10 to 15 minutes a day to prevent them from getting fat and lazy.

When the munchkin was first discovered they thought that the cat would have spinal problems like dogs with long backs and short legs, but they x-rayed the oldest munchkin and didn’t find any evidence of spinal problems. However, munchkins can possibly get excessive curvature of the spine or hollowed chest. These conditions are commonly seen in humans that have pseudoachondroplasia.

 

Sources:

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/munchkin/

http://www.petmd.com/cat/breeds/c_ct_munchkin#

http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/munchkin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchkin_cat

http://www.catbreedslist.com/all-cat-breeds/Munchkin-cat.html#.Vrzbe_mDGko

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