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Dwarf Cat or Miniature Cat? — 2 Comments

  1. My cat had kittens about 7 weeks ago. A very small litter only 2. She is a small cat compared to most I guess she only weighs about 6-7 lbs. Her 1st kitten was breech and seemed to not thrive too well at the beginning but is doing fantastic now and is going to a great new home with a friend next week. Her other kitten, however is very tiny about 1/3 the size of her sister and is very docile. She seems to still eat well from the mother but has no intrest in cat food,including tuna and chicken. I am taking her to the vet at the end of the month for a check up and shots but is this normal? Is she a miniture cat and will she always just stay this little?

    • Hi Kate. Yes, the kitten you describe is the kind of cat that might fall into the description ‘miniature cat’. Unlike for cat breeds, there is no formal definition of the phrase, ‘miniature cat’. It is just a term used by cat breeders (there are very few miniature cat breeders) to describe very small cats. The boundary between small, very small, miniature and teacup cats is grey. The is no clear demarcation.

      However, I am not sure you can assess a very young kitten’s final weight and size at this stage. She is obviously a very vulnerable and small cat that needs care. I would wait and see. The first stage is getting her to develop naturally and become adult.

      As I mentioned, miniature cats are not a cat breed so if your little cat grows up to be around the 5 lbs mark she’ll be a miniature cat. Good luck with her health and development.

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