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Playful, confident and outgoing. If you want a cat that’s got more bite than your average moggy, this one’s for you. Munchkins get along well with kids and other pets, plus they have a terrific back-story!

Where I'm From

The origin of the Munchkin is up for debate, with reports of these short-legged felines stemming from England in the 1930s. Dwindling numbers as a result of World War II led to the assumption the breed had been wiped out.

Years later in 1983, the plight of the Munchkin population was set to change forever, when the chance meeting between Louisiana music teacher, Sandra Hochenedel, and two cats hiding under a pickup truck, set the breed on a new path.

Sandra scooped them up and brought them home only to find out they were both pregnant. She gave away Blueberry and kept a close hold of Blackberry, who delivered a male kitten named Toulouse. Toulouse was rehomed and enjoyed a liberal upbringing with friend Kay LaFrance. She allowed him to roam freely spurring a feral population of Munchkins.

Sandra and Kay were keen to know more about the breed and contacted the chair of the International Cat Association’s genetic committee hoping to find answers. The chair’s studies determined the Munchkin’s short limbs were the result of a dominant genetic mutation, which affected their leg bones.

After being knocked-back from new breed and colour status in 1991, the Munchkin cat was officially recognised four years later. Articles on the breed appeared in the Wall Street Journal and People Magazine.

What I Look Like

The Munchkin is a small to medium-sized cat with a long body. The most distinctive feature of these felines is their short and stubby front legs which measure around three inches. Their hind legs are slightly longer, but that does little to deter these cats from getting around. They love to play!

Furthermore, the breed comes in almost every colour and pattern plus you can pick between short and long-haired varieties.

How I Act

Munchkins are a whole lot of fun and mischievous at any age. They have a naturally confident and outgoing temperament and can maintain a kitten like personality into adulthood. If you’re after a playful companion, the Munchkin is a good match for you!

This feline has a hunter’s instinct and will pounce and prey on mice and critters if they cross paths.

While they certainly have their moments, this breed isn’t all high maintenance. The Munchkin has a chilled side, and doesn’t mind spending some quiet time curled up on your lap.

It’s also easily trainable, so you can iron out any irritable kinks over time.

Looking After Me

You should be able to find a Munchkin to suit your grooming expectations. If you’re on the lazy or time poor side, a shorthaired Munchkin will require little in the way of care. A weekly brush at best.

A longhaired Munchkin will be slightly more demanding, requiring a daily brush to keep it in peak condition.

Other activities you can bond over, include nail trimming and ear cleaning when needed. To make it easy on yourself, you should start these activities when your Munchkin is a kitten.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!