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Unusual Cat Breeds

Are you looking to get a new cat soon? Great! You may want to consider a
purebred cat. There are many breeds that can be found in this country, each with its own
characteristic appearance and temperament and history. Think carefully about what you
would characteristics you would like to see in your new companion. Perhaps you would
care to consider something a little bit different:

The Munchkin

When you think of the Munchkin, think of a cat that is built like a dachshund. A
cat built with a long body and short legs. Munchkins are a very recently developed breed.
They have only been established since 1983. The foundation cat was a female named
Blackberry who was rescued from dogs by school teacher Sandra Hochenedel.
Blackberry was a black cat with very short legs. Found pregnant, she passed on her
unusual body type to her kittens. Blackberry’s son, Toulouse, was left unaltered and it
wasn’t long before there were a good number of short legged cats living around his
owner’s home. Strangely enough, Toulouse and his short legged sons had no trouble
competing with standard toms for females.

In 1990 a study of the genetics of these short legged cats was conducted. The
study found that only one copy of the short legged gene to create more cats with the same
characteristic. The spines of these cats were also examined because there were fears that
they would have issues just like the low long bodies dog (e.g. dachshund) have. Though
nothing wrong was found at that time, judgment was reserved due to the extremely small
population that existed at that time.

Munchkins were named for the little people in Wizard of Oz that Dorothy met
when she first arrived in Oz. Breeders became interested in the quirky little Munchkin
and began controlled breeding programs. The Munchkin was first introduced to the
public at the Madison Square Garden Cat Show. The breed has faced some opposition.
There are people who believe that deliberately breeding for a mutation, even one that
occurred naturally, is ethically wrong. The cats themselves seem unaware that they are in
any way different from there long legged cousins. They self-assured, outgoing and
curious in nature. Munchkins tend to be people-oriented and bond easily with their
people. Munchkins leap and play just like other cats. The only difference is they can’t
jump as high due to their short back legs.

The Sphynx

If you ever wondered what a cat would look like naked, look no further. The
Sphynx is virtually hairless. Sebaceous oils secreted by the skin are normally transferred
to the fur in other breeds. The Sphynx requires regular wiping down to remove these oils
to prevent skin infections.

This breed originated in 1975 as spontaneous mutation in a shorthaired litter. One
hairless kitten was born in that litter. She was named Epidermis. The following year a
hairless male was born. He was called Dermis. When bred to normal shorthaired cats,
Epidermis produced normal kittens. When Epidermis was bred to one of her sons, three
hairless kittens resulted. The hairless gene was a recessive. Both parents must carry it in
order for hairlessness to be expressed.

The breed was named after the great Sphynx monument of Egypt. The
Sphynx cats are devoted, loyal companions, who love attention and will purr happily if
their favorite person is near them. They are very athletic and like to jump to high places
or hang upside down from their climbing trees. Sphynx have strong personalities and
don’t like being left alone. A feline companion will help to keep a Sphynx happy and
occupied while you are gone.

These very unusual cats are not everyone’s’ cup of tea. Give these very different
cats a closer look. Their unique appearances and lively personalities might just make a
great pet. These cats may be exactly what you are looking for in a new companion.

Things To Know Before Breeding Your Cat

The population of cats is the United States alone is unbelievable. Nearly all experts will tell you that you should spay your cat instead of breed it. No matter what experts have to say, a lot of people want to have a litter of kittens from their cat. Before you decide to breed your cat, there are a few things that you should think about.

The first thing you should know is that breeding cats takes time. For the next two months after the litter is born, you’ll need to clean the area on a daily basis. You’ll also need to watch over the kittens as well, and keep a close eye on how they are developing. If you plan to breed a litter of cats, you won’t have time for much of anything else.

Breeding cats will also require a good degree of space as well. If you have a small apartment, you shouldn’t attempt to breed a cat. You should also make sure that your family agrees with the idea, as it isn’t good for the kittens if you keep them locked up. Keep in mind that kittens like to see things; they’ll end up going all over your home as well.

Breeding cats also requires a degree of responsibility as well. You should always have a plan of approach, including homes for the kittens to go that you aren’t planning to keep. Keep in mind that things can change, someone who wanted a cat may change his mind once the litter is born. In this event, you must decide whether or not you can keep a kitten that doesn’t have a home.

Breeding also requires some education as well. You should be prepared for any problems along the way, as well as what takes place during birth. From cutting umbilical cords to delivering early, you’ll need to be well prepared. You should also have the proper supplies, and know how to handle things in the event of a c-section. You’ll also need to know what to feed pregnant cats, as their diets are very important if you are breeding.

Breeding will also cost money as well, with kittens costing a lot more money than you may think. The food isn’t the only thing that’s expensive, as the vet bills can also get expensive. Even though you may go through the entire pregnancy without going to the vet, you’ll still need de-worming and vaccination medicines as well.

In short, there is a lot to think about where breeding is concerned. If you have your mind set on it and you want to breed, you should be sure that you have the proper knowledge and everything you need before hand. You should always be ready to handle anything associated with breeding – and prepare yourself for the worst possible scenario.