If You Love Corgis, Wait Until You See Munchkin Cats
Judging by a Munchkin cat's face, it's pretty much an ordinary, albeit very cute, feline. Zoom out, and it's immediately obvious why it's called a Munchkin. While the rest of their proportions are normal, Munchkin cats have unusually short legs due to a naturally occurring genetic mutation. In fact, it's heavily debated whether or not it should be recognized as a breed due to its abnormal mutation.
As such, we realize they're not for everyone, but these endearing hobbit kitties just might win you over to the short side.
Are You Sure This Isn't a Stuffed Animal?
Munchkin cats were actually created in the U.S. during the 1980s when a breeder came across a stray kitten with unusually short legs.
And the rest was history.
Or Is It a Bird?
We didn't realize "if I fits, I sits" applied to hands, but Munchkin cats are so small, they can perch just about anywhere.
If you need us, we'll be walking around with a kitten perched on our shoulder like a weirdly shaped owl.
Now You're Just Pulling Our Legs
This is clearly a human baby with a rare hair growth disorder.
Wrap him up in a swaddle blanket and give him a tuna-flavored pacifier.
This Munchkin Cat Takes Better Notes Than We Do
Sure, he's asleep, but look how neat his handwriting is.
For something that doesn't have thumbs, he's going places.
Munchkin Cats Are Still Athletic
Munchkin cats might not look athletic, but there's more to them than meets the eye.
Well, Kind Of
Vertical lift isn't their strong suit, but that's OK. They make up for it with other qualities, like floofiness and looking like a perpetual kitten.
In reality, they move differently than most cats. With their long bodies and tiny legs, they move in a wigglier, more ferret-like fashion.
See? Even their rage is cute.
While they tend to be snugglier than some other popular cat breeds, they love to play with toys and practice their hunting skills just as much.
We’d Say They Have a Modelesque Physique
Fluffy is the new fit, and one's modeling skills are what really counts.
Who needs a willowy figure when you've mastered the art of staring off into the great unknown at golden hour? Or, perhaps, just gazing at a fly. Today, the couch, tomorrow, Vogue.
Hold Up. No One Informed Us They Come in Matching Sets
Do we also get a two-for-one deal at the vet?
They’re Not Short — They’re Fun-Sized
How is this not fun? This is like watching evolution at work. First, shorter legs. Soon, no legs. A cat snake is in the works by 3023.
That said, their unusual build isn't suited for life outdoors. They're not very well equipped to defend themselves against predators, so Munchkin cats should be kept indoors only.
They’re Used to Being Judged, so They’ve Learned to Judge Right Back
"I may be short, but at least I'm not wearing a tutu for a collar. For shame."
They’re Very Good at It, Too
Meow Mix? Sorry, that's too mainstream.
He only eats the finest sardines imported from Italy.
Munchkin Cats Come in All Different Colors and Patterns
If you want a small, chonky leopard, we've got news.
Like This Dapper Model
When in doubt, slap a bowtie on it.
It adds an air of sophistication to everything, Munchkin cats included.
Or This One, Wearing a Built in Tuxedo
It looks like he's about to ask if you've filed your paperwork yet, but we just want to squeeze him like a pillow.
If you get a Munchkin cat of your own, it's wise to provide them with steps or ramps to their favorite spots around the house. They can jump, but they're more likely to hurt their backs than other breeds.
Same as Above, Only Fluffier
Ever seen those quizzes to identify what shape your face is? Here, there's no need. Munchkin cats are round. Every body part, ears excluded. Eyes, round. Head, round. Paws, round. This is the fluffiest Oreo we've ever seen. Weirdly, we still want to bite it.
The downside to fluffy Munchkin cats is that they may need help grooming. Their proportions make it a little tougher to clean themselves, so if you notice their fur looking oily, consider getting them groomed occasionally.
Munchkin Cats: Weatherman Morph
Wait, no. Not the weatherman.
This cat is none other than Ron Swanson when he's pretending he's not sick.
And a Morph That Stares Into the Distance, Contemplating Life
So relatable. We've all been this Munchkin cat. Remember driving home after a fight with your mom, staring out the window like you were the sad main character of a movie?
We wonder what this meow is going through.
There’s Even a Soul-Assessing Model
This Munchkin cat variety is ideal for sizing up potential friends.
If it attacks, keep looking.
Maybe They’re Stealing Souls? Hard to Tell
We say this because we would willingly give this kitty literally anything it asks for.
Catnip? Done. Deed to our house? Fine. Soul? Already in the mail.
We Would Honestly Follow This Levitating Munchkin Willingly
This planet is a lot to deal with anyway. Take us to your ship.
If there are more of your kind, we'll be quite content.
If You Think Munchkin Cat Legs Are Cute, Wait Until You Spy the Kitten Edition
*Screams silently with joy.*
Even When They Grow Up, Their Pheets Remain Phenomenal
They have toe beans just like any other cat does, only rounder.
That’s It. We’re Done.
Forget having kids. We are adopting nine Munchkin cats and reading them all bedtime stories. Tonight's story: "The Three Blind Mice."
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