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DWARF CATS! anyone know where i can get them?

post #1 of 27
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hi i am doing this for my gf. I know drawf cats are rare but if anyone knows where I can find one your input would be greatly appriciated.
p.s. drawf cats are cats with genetic flaws that make them as tiny as a pop can.
pls PM me with any information. thank you
post #2 of 27
I have never heard of that, but it seems sketchy to me...
post #3 of 27
I have never heard of dwarf cats either. I know there are people breeding what they call teacup Persians and that practice is sketchy. The way I understand it they are breeding the runts to get the really small cats. I think responsible breeders normally adopt out the runts as pets.
post #4 of 27
Perhaps you are talking about Munchkins?
post #5 of 27
Sounds like Munchkins to me and those Cats have alot of problems.
post #6 of 27
If you're talking about true dwarfism I'd discourage you from getting one since they often have various kinds of health issues.
post #7 of 27
DWARF CATS! anyone know where i can get them?

All I have to say is, I sincerely hope not.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
DWARF CATS! anyone know where i can get them?

All I have to say is, I sincerely hope not.
ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #9 of 27
this was all i could find....

http://www.teapurrty.com/DwarfIn.htm
post #10 of 27
There is a Dwarf Cat Association
http://www.the-dwarf-cat-association.com/

Many of them seem to be cross breeds with cutesy names "Dwelf" "Skookums"
post #11 of 27
wonder what happened to the op?
post #12 of 27
I do know, that you can cross a sphynx with a munchkin and get Bambinos (hairless dwarfs). But it takes several breedings and I don't know of the safety or health related factors enough to recommend anyone paying for one. It seems like it wouldn't be healthy. It would seems these cats would also have some of the problems associated with dwafism just as in humans joints legs and arm growth problems...
post #13 of 27
Why would your girlfriend want one? What do you think about them?
post #14 of 27
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wonder what happened to the op?
probably a
post #15 of 27
From my understanding not all cats in a litter come out dwarfs.... so what are they doing with all of the "normal sized" cats?
post #16 of 27
munchkins are adorable, i love em, but they have A LOT of health problems, so maybe you should pay your attention to small to medium cat breeds (bombay, singapura, burmese, cornish rex,turkish angora).
and please remember that cat is not a toy, and even small one needs care, attention for YEARS (some live up to 25 years). some of the breeds are very energetic and can't stay home alone for a long period of time. is your girlfriend ready for that? don't take is personally, its just sometimes people dont understand that taking a pet is a huge responsibility
post #17 of 27
Yeah, there are generally smaller breeds... like 8 pounds at maturity, right? Anyway, small-ness can just be random, like my Baby who is about 8 pounds and two years old.

Don't see why you'd want to make a cat smaller, though. You couldn't carry it around like you can a teacup dog. Cats are too independent for that, and to wiggly in kittenhood to be trained to it... You'd have to breed for a seriously laid-back temperament too.
post #18 of 27
Check the shelters.

I got my kitty, Bestia, off the street when she was a kitten. She had a brother with really short legs, like a munchkin, another brother with a corkscrew tail, and Bestia herself only weighs 4 lbs(5 when she's chubby).

Because alot of cats on the streets are malnurished, the kittens they bare sometimes turn out a bit wacky(but cute) looking. It's also from inbreeding, I'm sure.

Anyways, so, check the local shelters and see if they have any poor street kitties that are teeny. You'll probably get lucky.
post #19 of 27
I really hate how these breeders (dog and cat breeders alike) are mixing two different breeds and referring to them as "Hybrids".... there's nothing hybrid about them... same species, but now all they've done is break down generations of careful breeding...

You want a Labradoodle? Look in the pound...

Just my opinion...
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jillie View Post
I really hate how these breeders (dog and cat breeders alike) are mixing two different breeds and referring to them as "Hybrids".... there's nothing hybrid about them... same species, but now all they've done is break down generations of careful breeding...

You want a Labradoodle? Look in the pound...

Just my opinion...
I share this opinion.
post #21 of 27
What health problems do munchkins have?
post #22 of 27
Wow... purposely looking for a "mini" kitten sounds pretty low to me.

I once had a "Pocket" cat a long long time ago (thats what we called it), Gizmo never hit 3 pounds and we had her for over a yr before she got hit by a car... ive yet to se one since, were thinking Stormy might come out "pocket" size, but we dont care either way.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Telynn View Post
What health problems do munchkins have?
I don't know much about this breed - but I would imagine that since it is a relatively new breed, and "man made" breed (as opposed to say, a Maine Coon), there was probably a lot of back breeding and possibly inbreeding to start it up. Whoever created this was probably looking to create the "Dachshund" of that cat world. The only problem is, the Dachsunds, Bassets, PBGV, etc, were bred short legged for a purpose. There is no purpose to a short legged cat, other than aesthetic, at least for some. I would imagine it's unnatural for a cat to have such short legs, as they, unlike dogs, depend on jumping and climbing. Also, because this breed is appealing, just like any other breed, cat or dog, it will be over bred frivolously by careless breeders, giving it more of a chance to be unhealthy.
From what I understand, the allele to cause the short legs is "Mm". If you breed two Munkins (Mm) together, 25% of the litter will be stillborn. This allele, Mm, is a genetic deformity, and most people feel that breeding for it is simply fostering a genetic defect - although this is how many breeds come to be.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jillie View Post
From what I understand, the allele to cause the short legs is "Mm". If you breed two Munkins (Mm) together, 25% of the litter will be stillborn. This allele, Mm, is a genetic deformity, and most people feel that breeding for it is simply fostering a genetic defect - although this is how many breeds come to be.
It may be a genetic defect, but there is a WORLD of difference between a semi-lethal mutation that causes stillborn kittens and other non-lethal genetic mutations!
post #25 of 27
These cats are just genetic defects that some one thought was cute and decided to keep it going. It's wrong, and mean. These cats have short lives, and major health issues. I agree, they sure the heck look cute.... but it's plain wrong.
post #26 of 27
I once had a very wise Holistic vet tell me that there is a reason each and every species is created the way they are for a reason. When people start messing with the original they create all kinds of problems in bones, joints and just about everything else. It is the poor unfortunate animal that pays the price for this, and the people that love them. I have purebred animals but I go to great lenghts to find ethical breeders who keep the health and welfare of the animals in the forefront. Please, if you want a small kitty look for a normal but small little one.
post #27 of 27
I didn't even know there was such a thing! My co-worker and I joke all the time at the shelter that we should make "mini cats" due to the popularity of the toy breeds for dogs at shelters and how people only want kittens.

We said this as a joke! Because I didn't think they existed! Nor did I think it was possible to make them! I knew about munchkins, I always wanted one. Or to see one. However I would never "buy" one.

Cat's are cute no matter what shape or size, or color. They are PURRFECT just the way they are!
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