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All About Munchkin Cats

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all about munchkin cats
Source: ZooPlus

Is there a reason or reasons why we like tiny things? From tiny salt shakers to tiny models of architecture, I believe we tried to make a mini version of everything! Well, it is because teeny things are cute! And we like adorable things; they make us happy.

Maybe that is why the Munchkin breed is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. Their stompy legs are just irresistible! 

The History of The Munchkins 

Cats with short legs have been documented in England as early as the 30s, but due to World War II, their population declined tremendously.

It was really in the early 80s when a Louisiana school teacher found 2 pregnant, short-legged cats hiding under her car. She rescued them both and kept Blackberry, the black cat, and gave Blueberry, the grey cat, away. 

Nobody really knows what happened to Blueberry, but all of today’s registered Munchkins can be traced back to Blackberry!

Also, the breed name “Munchkin” came from the little people characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

history of munchkin cats
Source: SheKnows

Personality and Temperament 

Munchkins are friendly, intelligent, and curious cats. They do very well with other pets and children, which makes them excellent pets for people with large families.

Their stubby legs might hinder them from reaching high places, but that does not stop them from exploring the world. Sometimes, they will even perch on their hind legs like prairie dogs to get a better view! 

Do not underestimate them because of their itty bitty legs! Other than jumping onto the kitchen counter, they can do anything an ordinary cat can do. Remember I said they are intelligent? They will figure out another scenic route via a chair or a stool to get there. When there is a will, there is a way!

Do you know?

Munchkin cats also love to stash away shiny, little things to play with later. This trait makes them the magpies of the feline world. So, next time your jewellery goes missing, your Munchkin might be the one to blame. :)

Munchkin's personality
Source: Cat-World

How do I keep my Munchkins healthy?

Care

Caring for Munchkins is pretty easy. Depending on their fur coat, long or short-haired, you should brush them weekly, and occasional bathing is recommended to keep them clean. Not to mention, regular nail trimming and ear cleaning would also be essential to maintain their hygiene. 

Since they are blessed with stubby legs, caregivers have to make sure their food dishes, litter boxes, and water bowls are low, so our short kings and queens can access their necessities without any issue!

Diseases

The Munchkin breed has an expected lifespan of 12-15 years. They are a generally healthy breed. However, just like any other cat, they are prone to certain health issues. 

Diseases in munchkin cats
Source: InspireMore

Osteoarthritis

This disease in cats usually happens in areas like the knees, ankles, hips, and elbows. Some symptoms include lameness, changes in gait, inactivity, and reluctance to jump. 

Just like in humans, osteoarthritis is more common in older cats, which is why it is encouraged to bring your little furry friends to the vet for checkups as often as possible.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism, an endocrine disease, is also more common in senior cats. This condition is caused by increased production of thyroid hormones. Some distinct symptoms are increased thirst or appetite, aggressive behaviour, increased vocalisation, and an unkempt coat.

The only way to confirm this diagnosis would be blood testing by a veterinarian. The treatment will typically range from dietary changes and medications to radioactive iodine therapy and surgery. 

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

This condition affects the cat’s urinary system and is usually caused by inflammation, diet, infection, or urinary obstruction. Symptoms of FLUTD include blood in the urine, urinating outside the litter box, crying while urinating, and excessive licking of the genital area.

Regardless of how severe the cases are, veterinary intervention is necessary to treat this disease.

Where to get munchkin cats in Malaysia
Source: Pet Heaven

Where can I buy Munchkin cats in Malaysia?

Being one of the top 10 most famous cat breeds in Malaysia, of course, we have to talk about where we can get our own Munchkin! Here is a list of where you can get your hands on Munchkins in Malaysia. The price varies from RM2500 - RM4000 depending on the breeder. Feel free to reach out to these sellers for more information.

 Little Beasties Pet Services

  • Based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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Goldensnow Cattery 

  • Based in Kepong, Selangor
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Maureen Cat House 

  • Based in Kuantan, Pahang  
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Nilufar Pets 

  • Based in Damansara Jaya, Selangor  
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Pets Wonderland 

  • Availability is based on branches  
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Final thoughts

Being a responsible owner is not an easy task. While taking care of our little furbabies, we need to take care of ourselves too! Mental health, financial planning, and time management all contribute greatly to our own welfare and, indirectly, our pets’.

Why not check out Oyen Pet Insurance for peace of mind? We cover a range of things, from vet or surgery bills to farewell costs! Why don’t you just kick back and relax? We will sort these out for you!