Small cat on sofa - photo added by Michael (Admin) - this cat is not associated with the story - photo by scotproof (Flickr)
I have a cat that's approx 2 years old. We found her outside in mid-winter. She was so weak she couldn't walk. We took her to the vet and they told us it would be a waste of money, because she would most likely not make it a week or two.
My fiance couldn't just give up on her, so he said he'd pay whatever it took, and she did live.
She never got any bigger though and the vets concluded that she was much older than they had thought because of her small size.
I'm not sure if she can be considered dwarf or just small, what are the guidelines?
Hi Monica... thanks for visiting and asking. In simple terms a small or miniature cat is simply that. They are normal cats in every way but just small in the same way some people are small and some large.
Breeders of miniature cats such as teacup cats start with small cats and breed from that base, constantly refining it to make cats smaller and smaller. Health dictates the limit - see teacup cats.
Dwarf cats suffer from the genetically inherited (dominant gene) dwarfism causing shortened legs. The rest of the body is normal in conformation - see health issues of dwarf cats
Clearly your cat (and well done to you and your fiance for not giving up and paying vet's bills) is simply a small cat. I think that a consistent level of malnourishment in generations can cause them to become smaller but I have not read that anywhere.
In the far east, you not infrequently see small fragile looking cats, it seems to me.
True miniature cats are rare and we need to differentiate between sub adult cats and adult cats. True miniature cats are about 3 lbs when fully adult. Dwarf cats are less rare in my opinion and the best known dwarf cat is the founding dwarf cat, the Munchkin.
Well, I hope that answers your question and good luck with you cat.
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