Munchkin cat is a new breed of cat known for their short legs. Due to a genetic mutation, munchkin cats have short, stubby legs, becoming the feline equivalent of a Corgi or Dachshund. This feline breed is so cute that it’s both famous and infamous, depending from which side you look at. In order to understand the contrasting views on Munchkin cats, get to know this feline breed and see which perspective you’ll support.
The History of Munchkin Cats
Supposedly in 1980’s, a teacher named Sandra rescued a pregnant stray cat with short, stubby legs. This cat was named Blackberry and became the mother of Munchkins. Among Blackberry’s litters, Sandra gave a male kitten named Toulouse to her friend Kay LaFrance. These two cats soon produced more short-legged kittens. This prompted Sandra and Kay to report the case of these cats’ different appearance. From then it was determined that the cats’ short legs were the result of a genetic mutation; this natural occurrence birth a new cat breed now known as munchkin cats.
The Science of Munchkin Cat Breed
Munchkin cat isn’t the only feline breed with physical abnormalities. To name a few, Manx cats are known for their short tails while Cornish Rex cats are unique due to their unusual curly coat. Just like these breeds, Munchkin cats having short, stubby legs is a result of a natural genetic mutation.
The short legs of Munchkins are caused by an autosomal dominant gene. Reportedly, a cat only needs one copy of this gene to pass the trait to its litter. For this reason, Munchkin cats aren’t supposed to breed with their kind because if this gene is passed down from each parent, a cat won’t survive. Instead, breeding cats with normal long legs carrying the Munchkin gene together or with a short-legged Munchkin can produce a healthier litter.
The Controversy on Munchkin Cats
Some animal or cat-specific welfare organizations don’t acknowledge Munchkin cats as an official cat breed nor approve of breeding them. Groups opposing or shaking their heads at Munchkin cats believe it’s unethical to encourage breeding a feline breed with physical deformities. As Munchkins have the condition of dwarfism. ,any believe that this can hinder a cat from performing various feline activities such as jumping from and to high places. On the other hand, there is no evidence suggesting the Munchkin gene affects a cat’s mobility. Additionally, there are also no abnormal health issues reported to be breed-specific to Munchkins. With this, people agreeing to breeding Munchkins suggest that they’re perfectly normal cats; like other feline breeds, Munchkins just have their own physical distinction. Still, the controversy with Munchkin cats continues as more research is needed to support either of the debating group.