Question by Jenny Spacer: Where can I find a teacup dwarf kitten and what kind of health risks do they have?
I want a teacup dwarf kitten with the smashed in face (himalayan or persian).
Where can I find a good breeder of these kind of cats?
I’d also like to know what kind of health problems they may have.
Answer by Mouchois
I actually own one of these kind of cats. It is almost impossible to find a “reputable” breeder. The only one that I can truly say would be somewhat reputable would be PocketKittys: http://www.pocketkittys.com/
Other than that, I highly recommend NOT getting a teacup cat and trying to find a good Persian/Himalayan cattery that tests for PKD (polycystic kidney disorder). In the long run, many of the health risks of teacup cats outweigh any of the benefits. Also, most persians are smaller (especially shaded goldens and chinchilla), not reaching much more than 6 pounds.
My cat Melvin, IS considered a “teacup” Himalayan. I honestly hate that term. He was bred by a backyard breeder whom I rescued him from. He was found to have primordial dwarfism and at the current time, fluctuates weight from 3 to 4 pounds. (fully grown).
ANY cat that is listed as a teacup is a bad choice. You do NOT want to buy a teacup kitten, especially one like Melvin. We have spent over $ 6000 on his veterinary tests and expenses to find all of the problems that he has.
Breeding small cats like this is NOT a good idea. Also, many teacup breeders are actually starving their runt cats in order to shunt their growth. Another trick they will use is to sell the cats much earlier than they should be sold at, causing many developmental and emotional problems down the road.
Those that do not feel there are “teacup” or “toy” cats, I agree. But what I do not agree is that they are not marketed. Dwarf cats are rising in popularity, but most people do not realize that there is a significant problem with the process.
Some health problems found in dwarf cats include:
-Bowed legs (Melvin’s are mild, but his back legs are longer than his front).
-Soft spot on head that leaves the cat susceptible to severe head injuries.
-Seizures and other neurological problems.
-Blindness (Melvin is blind in his left eye)
-Problems with incontinence, causing the need to bathe weekly, if not more.
-Enlarged heart and heart murmur
-Malformed jaw and eye sockets (causing bloody drainage from the eyes and major teeth defects)
-Problems with obesity and fatigue. Not sure why, yet, but Melvin gains weight very quickly, causing him to become sleepy and sickly. We’re still having the vet check this out.
There’s more problems, but at this time, I can’t think of all of them off the top of my head.
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