Kitten/Cat Care Information
Munchkins are very playful, they like to play with teasers. Standing on their back legs like a kangaroo is what they like to do! Some, but not all can jump up on high places. There can be very small munchkins and large munchkins. Their leg length also varies from munchkin to munchkin. Some may be very short (rughugger) and some are a little longer. They also come in a variety of beautiful colors. Hair length can be long without an undercoat, semi-long,short, very long with an undercoat that mats if not kept. Munchkins should not be allowed outside, especially unsupervised, as their short legs may stop them from running and climbing fast enough to run away from predators. Hawks, eagles and other large birds have been known to be able to swoop in and pick up cats and even some small dogs.
Be sure to get your kitten regular annual checkups from a vet. Keep their vaccinations up to date, worm regularly and use flea control. Play with them with cat teasers,you can buy at a pet store and they will be a wonderful companion for many years.
Be sure to feed your kitten a premium quality cat food. We feed a diet of Iams or Eukanuba. You can feed canned or bagged wet food once a day if you desire. If you decide to switch your kitten’s food, it is best to do it gradually over a period of time to prevent stomach upset. Start out by adding a little of the new food to the old and do this for 2 weeks. Then do a 50/50 mixture of the old and new and use this for a couple weeks, etc. By slowly changing the food over, you should see no problem. Please be sure to keep fresh water out for your new kitten/cat at all times.
Outcrossing and Showing
Munchkins are allowed to outcross to other cats. This means a domestic cat can be bred to a Munchkin to produce Munchkin kittens. This outcrossing widens the gene pool and keeps the breed healthy. Abbreviations are used to signify how far back the outcross is in the pedigree. A Munchkin can be shown in TICA after 4 generations. See the Same Breeds Chart.