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Dwarf cats: 2 health problems — 8 Comments

  1. I adopted a rescue. Noticed the short legs and tail I believe she is a dwarf kitty. Love her and want to know if she will have health problems.

    • In general their health is okay it seems to me. The two health problems I mention are the known inherited ones. You should be okay. Also your cat might not have been bred by a breeder which may mean there is less chance that she has these potential health issues.

  2. Its heartbreaking that breeders insist on continuing a breed regardless of the health issues involved. I feel so sorry for those animals.

    • I agree. If one wants a short legged fun animal, get a ferret. even daschunds, bred with a PURPOSE, to go into burrows or brush have a host of issues. Breeders of tiny ponies strive to avoid dwarfism and its attendant issues.

      But we often see this kind of thing in anything we breed domestically: we exaggerate a characteristic to the point of Stupid and Dysfunctional (commercial turkeys and pigs who grow fast and can’t walk, brainless fast horses, over-hyper herding dogs).

      Keeping the original model (the wild type) in mind when we breed would keep us on track.

  3. We had a dwarf kitten born to one of the old ferals many years ago. I bottle fed this one for quite a while as it didn’t thrive. We called her Astro and it was before I had house cats. I had someone offer quite a lot of money for her to use for breeding. I refused based on her obvious issues.

      • I spent 30 plus years breeding sport horses that were sound of mind and body. Most people who get a pet do not need and are not inclined or capable of caring for a special needs animal.
        Astro was a sweet little cat who often rode around in my coat pocket or inside my coat with the drawstring pulled. She was never really healthy.
        I never bred a mare unless the stallion owner wanted to evaluate my mare or bred a mare that did not meet or exceed my standards. Pet breeders who are looking for the next fashion trend sorta , ok really make me sick.

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