Munchkin farming began in Louisiana, United States, in the 1980s, when a woman found a short-legged cat. After the animal gave birth to her kittens, she found that some of them had the same genetic mutation as their mother.
To get a munchkin cat, this can be done by crossing with other cats that are not pure breed. However, a munchkin gene does not necessarily guarantee that kittens will be born with short legs. It all depends on the crossing when it comes to talking about colour, hair length and eye colour.
This cat breed is known to retain its kitten character once it reaches adulthood. The munchkin would be a very sociable cat with a rather docile temperament. These character traits remain perfectly individual and depend above all on the story of each cat.
Also known as a «basset cat» or «sausage cat», this cat does not have the same ability or ability to jump as another breed. However, he would generally be active and the size of his legs does not prevent him from running, playing or grooming. Since this breed is still young, it is estimated that munchkin can live between 12 and 17 years. To keep your cat young and healthy, promote play and good nutrition, because because of its elongated body, it could have back problems if obesity comes into play. It should then weigh between 5 and 10 pounds (2.25 and 4.5 kg).
Munchkin is known to be patient with children, but feels unhappy when he is alone at home for too long. People wishing to have this type of cat should expect patience, because as mentioned above, it is an energetic animal that loves to play. If you do not think you have this quality, turn to another breed of cat.
For a long-haired cat, be sure to brush its hair once or twice a week to avoid the formation of knots. Watch and clean his ears and cut his nails periodically, or do business with your grooming centre if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.