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Is my kitten a Munchkin kitten?

post #1 of 13
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It doesnt look like it to me. Till someone said theyve got short legs. She was 4 weeks old in this pic. Does it look like a munchkin?
post #2 of 13
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Is my kitten a Munchkin???

Hey, so the other day, i showed a pic of a kitten to my mate and she said it looks like a Munchkin with the short legs..

In this picture she's only 4 weeks old

 

I've seen the mother cat, she's a normal legged cat like most cats..I havent seen the dad, but I'm in London and there arent many Munchkins so i was surprised..She doesn't look like one to me

 

Opinions? do you think she is one?

 

 

 

post #3 of 13

It is very hard to tell in a picture taken that young.  How old is she now and do you have any recent pictures?

post #4 of 13
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she's still 4 weeks in those pictures, but theyre better quality.

post #5 of 13

No, kittens that age all look short-legged.

post #6 of 13

Too early to tell , but as was said  kittens that young can look short legged but then grow up to have normal legs. 

If it turns out she grows up and has short legs then, it would just be that she has the same or similar gene that causes the dwarf cats.  It would not mean she is descended from  registered Munchkin cats but the cats called Munchkins were just started from some regular moggies someone found that had short legs and then bred them.   That  mutation for dwarfism  has happened separately in different locations,  without them being likely to be related   -- just like not all humans with dwarfism are relatives.   So it would not be impossible it could happen in moggies in London. via a spontaneous genetic mutation .

post #7 of 13
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Do you think shell have really short legs when shes older?

I'll take a picture of her next week when she's 6 weeks

post #8 of 13

I just don't know because sometimes at a young age they do look quite short legged and then the legs stretch out.   You will have to wait and see.... I would say if the legs look abnormally short at 8 weeks they probably will stay like that.

post #9 of 13
Munchkins came from a spontaneous mutation... It's not like there aren't other such genetic quirks that can give a cat short legs. For that matter, she could just be on the short end of the normal range, like a grown woman being 4'10" tall. You'll know more when she's grown. She's wearing an adorable little tabby tuxedo, isn't she?
post #10 of 13
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Oh, okay..will her colour go darker as she's older?

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by kaysiekylessx View Post

Oh, okay..will her colour go darker as she's older?
Well, it could go either way, but I don't think it'll change that much. I have seen some kittens grow up to have less contrast between their stripes, so that the stripes become more subtle as they get older; others keep their kitten colors, or get lighter or darker. The sun can bleach a cat's coat, especially if it's a black cat and has been sitting in the sun a lot. As they grow, shorthaired kittens' coats tend to become more sleek and less fuzzy, so that when they are adults they look more silky and less like little puffs of fluff!

I think you should take *plenty* of pictures, carefully document everything, and show us your data! Because that's what it is. Scientific data. Not cute kitten photos at all, nuh-uh! We're being scientific here. laughing02.gif
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Originally Posted by Callista View Post

I think you should take *plenty* of pictures, carefully document everything, and show us your data! Because that's what it is. Scientific data. Not cute kitten photos at all, nuh-uh! We're being scientific here. laughing02.gif

        yeah.gif  Research, that's the story I am going to stick with. 

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