If we are talking about health, this could be a good starting point with what is known about the age of Munchkin Cat. Certainly, if serious problems are a problem, life will be short or at least shorter.
Munchkin cats seem to be 12 to 14 years old, which is great. There are many strains that work much worse with this scale in mind.
What are the genetics issues of Munchkin cats?
In the absence of any other problem, the Munchkin cat is in good health
compared to the breed. But it was a worrying start.
When Dr. Solveig Pflueger suggested suggesting the registration of breeds, they were not without criticism. However, his work with Dr. David Piler scientifically demonstrated that the short-legged trait of Munchkin cats was like a predominant hereditary mode of inheritance.
They further pointed out that there did not appear to be any spine
problems. It was a research that led TICA to accept Munchkin Cat as a breeding
The term “physical body” means that if a Munchkin cat gets a
short-legged gene from a single parent, the kitten can inherit the litter from
The embryo carrying the gene can be homozygous or heterozygous.
Heterogeneous embryos are the type that breeders need. With a heteromerous fate, it will develop into short-legged cats. Munchkin cats are heterogeneous and can, therefore, transmit genes.
A Munchkin parent can produce short or regular-legged Munchkin cats. This means that it is possible to carry a munchkin gene and have a normal cat along the leg.
An additional but very important point is that the gene responsible for
the short legs of Munchkin cats was of natural origin. It was not created by
humans or “bred” for this, men in lab coats did not create Munchkin
Why munchkin cat dies early?
Some cats may inherit the bone deformity from their parents, while some may eventually be unable to walk or die at a young age, as Apple Daily noted. Munchkin cats are famous for their exceptionally short paws. … an adult Munchkin cat is unable to jump over the chair, reducing the damage it can cause.
Scottish Fold Munchkin Cat Health Issues
This variety is officially called the Scottish Kilt. It is a cross
between Munchkin and Scottish cat.
It seems that many people think that this specific combination causes
health problems. I could not find any specific data on this subject. There are
forums that indicate certain problems, but the answers are very general and are
not known to them by qualified personnel.
I will mention that TICA is recognized by TICA, so it is clear that the large cat organization has no potential problems with the breed.
The Munchkin Cat Health Concerns
The relatively healthy Munchkin cats are known so far with a good
breeding program and a thorough knowledge of the dangers of both parents being
To date, there are no known congenital or genetic defects of the breed.
No one has studied and reported again with their results that Munchkin cats are
prone to known problems that are not seen in other breeds of cats.
At first, at the start of Munchkin’s acceptance, there was a real
concern that the breed would develop known problems early on. In 1995, tests
were carried out on the oldest living Munchkins who found no abnormal bone
deformities, and there is nothing rare with regard to the joints of the spine.
The first fears were false.
We have seen that some Munchkin kittens are born with slightly curved
legs again, but these have straightened as the kittens grow, so again, this is
not considered a deformation.
There is a Condition called Lordosis
Although it is healthy in many ways, kittens that are eaten would be at
risk for a condition called lordosis.
The vertebrate disease is a rare disease of the spine where the muscles
of the spine do not develop over their entire length. This then allows the
spine to “collapse slightly” and bend in the body. It can come with a
range of intensity, from mild to severe. If it is too bad, the kitten may not
Most breeders believe that this is a genetic problem that is not
specific to Munchkin and can, therefore, occur in any breed of cat. It is
therefore not considered to be a particular Munchkin anomaly.
There is a Condition Called Pectus Excavatum
This is considered to be structural deformation of the chest. The
appearance of the hollow chest gives it a Sunken appearance, which can be
present at birth or develop later, often early in a cat’s life.
It is a genetic deformation and is also known as “chest
Again, this is not related to race. It is controversial whether Munchkin
Cat also has a higher tendency to contract this condition.
Other cat breeds are prone to this distortion, so the jury is still out
of service, but no one seems to pretend that the participating cat is very
vulnerable to it, so selective breeding must take place.
What are the studies so far on Munchkin cats?
With a breed less than 20 years old on an official basis, and some
organizations that do not even recognize that they generate few public studies
In 2012, a Japanese study by Mika Yamazaki, Mai Ion, and Kasturi Subira revealed a slight increase in the tendency for urinary disorders.
The study of dwarfism and Munchkin cats found nothing important to
identify. And it still seems to be going on.
Linden E. Craig and Keith J. Thompson in 2016 concluded that:
In Bengal cats, chondrodystrophic cats, the lawn table may also have an
increased incidence of the shovel and spinal stenosis. This retraction also
appears in the caudal and sternal region in lambs and calves and appears to be
caused by short membranous parts of the diaphragm.
The study by S Sellers, B Gandolfi, NA Gustafson, JR Coates, DB Fox, LG
Britt, K Kuroki and LA Lyons du College of Veterinary Medicine, University of
Missouri – Colombia, Colombia, M.
After a visual examination of the associated region and a review of the literature, none of the sites of the period were associated with any form of dwarfs.
Why not ask the insured pets what they consider to be health problems?
It is often said that if you want to get to the heart of the problem, go
where the money is.
So, if you want to consider the health problems that can arise at
Munchkin Cats, then why not go and see what the health insurer sees in Munchkin
Cats’ health problems.
According to national pet insurance, a pet policy provider provided the
following list in 2015.
They consider, for the spread of the following, the common health
problems of Munchkin cats
hyperthyroidism pancreatitis Uraemia (renal failure at the end of the stage) Feline urinary tract disease (flooding) Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic tissue)
What you may notice is that there is nothing specific to the Munchkin
strain on this list, as these are conditions that can affect any strain of a
So, Can Munchkins Jump?
Perhaps not surprisingly, the really common question in health is, can
The answer is yes, of course. Because of their shorter legs, they cannot
jump as much as a normal cat, but they can still jump.
I had up to 8 Munchkin cats in my house at any one time, and I can say
that they can jump on a bed or a small coffee table, but the kitchen counter
can be very few.
They tend to reach higher places within shorter limits. In fact, they can reach a normal cat anywhere.
In the final word, Munchkin cats seem to be free from any serious
debilitating disorder because of the gene that gives them short legs.
There are no studies that confirm sensitivity to diseases and conditions
that do not correspond to the visible range in other breeds of cats.
I owned many Munchkin cats and they gave birth to sale to my fellow
citizens and none of them complained, and I saw no evidence of significant
health problems in this breed.
Munchkin is no more sensitive to anything than other cat breeds.
Munchkin cats can and even lead a very healthy and satisfying life if they are
treated well. They make the cat an excellent home. Munchkin cats were initially
brutal before being considered a breed and appeared to have survived very well.
There is no doubt that studies and evidence will continue to emerge, but
when you are considering a Munchkin cat for getting a pet at home, please leave
no health issues that are preventing you.