Why oh why oh why oh why oh why?
The dwarfism gene in ANY animal is just a disaster waiting to happen. Health problems abound. Read up on Melvin, he has some health issues which aren’t going away anytime soon. If Melvin hadn’t found a home with such great people he would have died. They have worked tirelessly (and still are working hard) to ensure he gets the best care for his issues. It will be a long road. Melvin is lucky. Many cats with the dwarfism issue are not so lucky.
Really, teacup is a novelty, a train wreck of genetics, conjured up to satisfy the shallow public who want a tiny animal to carry about and show off. This depresses me so much.
It’s also a bit worrying to read “Shots can apparently contribute to the occurrence of cancer, it seems”
These tiny cats are going to have enough problems, just because of the dwarfism gene without the extra risk from low immunity to the common feline illness. I know the standard vaccine dose has been a problem for teacups.
Really, people, please stop exploiting genetics that lead to deformity. Breeding for function is the only ethical standard to follow.