Munchkin Cat

Munchkin Cat
Munchkin Cat

Munchkin cat or Sausage cat is recognized by its very short legs caused by a natural genetic variation. This cat is considered to be the original breed of dwarf cat.

Munchkin cat breed has caused controversy in the cat world. This cat was discovered in America in 1983 where it was named after the ‘little people’.

Like Munchkin cat, the Shortlegged cat was reported in England in the 1930s and Russia in the 1950s but these breeds were not preserved. This breed is not recognized in the UK by the main UK cat fancy association.


The Munchkin cat breed is a medium-sized cat with very short legs and a long spine.  Munchkin cats have a thick body with a well-balanced chest.

This breed may have long or short hair. Both types have plush, all-weather coats with a silky appearance. The longhair Munchkin has a plumed tail. Munchkin cats can be in any color or coat pattern and their walnut-shaped eyes can also be any color.

Coat Length: Short-haired type has a medium-plush coat while the long-haired has a semi-long silky coat.

 Size: Male weighing from 6 and 9 pounds as compared to females weighing from 4 and 8 pounds.

Munchkin Cat


Curiosity and playfulness of this car continue well into adult age. Munchkin cats are sweet and outgoing. They are taught to play fetch and to obey voice commands. While Munchkin cats can leap on to countertops, many prefer to intelligently find an easier way up. Despite short legs, they can run very fast.

The short leg of this breed is a deformity that is linked to bone and spinal problems, so it has not been welcomed by all cat associations. Dog breeds with similar conformation are known to have problems with arthritis and it is feared that some will occur in the Munchkin cat breed. 

Feeding & Grooming

Feeding: Every cat is unique and each has their particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food.

Cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different nutrients from their food. Proper nutrients will vary depending on age and overall health, so energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat.

Grooming: Munchkin cats may not have the flexibility to groom themselves on their own, as other cats do, so will need some assistance. This is especially true for those with those sporting long coats.

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