Ever heard of Miniature cats?
When young we all have dreamed about having pets that instead of growing stay small forever. Well, Miniature cats are the dream comes true. They are cute, full of personality and what is most important – small.
What is Miniature cats? How much does a Mini cat cost?
To make things clear, it should be noted that not every small cat fits the criteria to be classified as miniature. For example, the Singapura cat (smallest feline breed) is not considered a miniature breed. Simply stated not all small cats are Miniature. So…what are Miniature cats?
Real Miniature cats come from carefully chosen breeding lines in which the size trait is either controlled or manipulated through selective breeding. In those lines, the selective breeding implies downsizing or favoring a genetic mutation that ultimately results in consistently small cats. There are three types of Mini cats:
Those three types of Mini cats differ in looks and origins. However, they have one common trait – they all remain very small even when fully grown.
Where are Miniature cats from?
Miniature cats resulted from accidental breeding of common cats whose sizes were at the lower end of the size spectrum. When this breeding gave a positive outcome, breeders started selecting the smallest felines and breed them to create even smaller specimens.
Miniature cats are usually around half or third the size of what a normal cat of the same cat breed is.
Teacup cats are considered the smallest specifically-bred designer cats. In addition, they are extremely rare. They originated from the effort to breed a smaller version of the Persian cat. Although, today there are teacup versions of many cat breeds, only the Persian’s teacup analog is recognized.
The main appearance related characteristic about Teacup cats is that they are proportionally small all over. The average teacup cat weights around 3.5-6 pounds and is not higher than 9 inches.
Health issues and special care
Because of the selective and extensive breeding needed to develop this type of cats, they are more prone to a plethora of health problems. The most common health issues in Teacup cats include:
- Irregularly shaped and soft bones that can result in pain, deformities and osteoarthritis
- Poor muscle development
- Neurological conditions such as seizures and blindness
- Cardiovascular problems such as heart enlargement and heart murmurs
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Increased susceptibility to head trauma due to a soft spot on the top of the head
- Malformed or absent reproductive organs.
Due to these conditions, teacup cats have relatively shorter lifespan than regularly sized cats. They also need more frequent trips to the vet’s office. It is recommended to have teacup cats checked by a veterinarian within 72 hours of purchase or adoption. Usually the purchase or adoption does not take place until the teacup cat has reached an age of 5 months.
Keep in mind that because of their small size and fragile construction, Teacup cats require delicate handling not only when they are little but through their entire lives.
Dwarf cats are the result of a rare genetic mutation that causes dwarfism. All dwarf cats can be related to a single progenitor – the chodrodysplastic and short-legged Munchkin. Over the course of many years, Munchkin cats were crossed with a plethora of normally sized and normally proportioned cats of different breeds. As a result, a substantial number of dwarf cat breeds were developed. The most popular Dwarf cat breeds include:
- The Bambino (the result of crossing Munchkins with Sphynx cats)
- The Napoleon (the result of crossing Munchkins with Persians)
- The Dwelf (the result of crossing Munchkins with American Curls)
- The Lambkin (the result of crossing Munchkins with Selkirk Rex cats)
- The Genetta (the result of crossing Munchkins with Bengal cats, Savannah cats, Oriental cats and Domestic Short-haired cats)
- The Skookum (the result of crossing Munchkins with LaPerm cats)
- The Minskin (the result of crossing Munchkins with Sphynx cats, Devon Rex cats and Burmese cats)
- The Kinkalow (the result of crossing Munchkins with American Curls).
The Munchkin cat
Munchkin cat playing with her mistress source Youtube
This breed was named after the little characters in the popular movie ‘’The Wizard of Oz’’. A fully grown Munchkin weights around 6 pounds. Munchkin cats are agile, energetic and playful. However, due to their short legs, Munchkins cannot jump as high as their normally proportioned feline relatives.
What is the smallest breed of Domestic cat?
Answer: The smallest breed of domestic cat is the Singapura.
Weighing no more than 2 kilos when fully grown, the Singapura is an energetic and enthusiastic feline that loves falling into trouble. She loves being the center of attention and would do anything to keep all eyes on her. The Singapura is often referred to as the ‘’pesky people cat’’ because of her intense devotion and affection towards her human family.
Other small cat breeds include the Munchkin, the Cornish Rex, the Deon Rex, the American Curl, the Siamese and the Balinese.
How much does a Mini cat cost?
As everything that has the term ‘’designer’’ on the label, Mini cats are quite expensive. Depending on the type and the breeder’s reputation, certain Mini cats can cost up to $2,000.
Neither Miniatures nor Teacups are actual cat breeds. They are designer cats, specifically bred to create a mini version of a particular breed. Both Miniatures and Teacups are proportionally small all over. Dwarf cats are considered a distinctive breed, or better said a group of several breeds. Contrary to the previously described types of cats, Dwarfs are not proportional – they have extremely short legs and relatively big heads.