If you are a cat lover, chances are that you have seen the munchkin cat before. Some people refer to them as “mutts” or “moggies,” but they are still considered cats. The munchkin cat is just like any other breed of cat out there- except for one thing: these cats often suffer from health problems due to their unique genetic makeup. In this article, we will explore some of the most common munchkin cat health problems and how you can prevent them!
First, we will discuss the most common munchkin cat health problems. This includes things like short limbs and a shortened spine, heart defects, oddly shaped eyes due to uncontrolled growth of their facial structure- all these make it difficult for them to see well or breathe properly. These are just some of the issues that may affect munchkins – there are more.
A shortened spine can lead to a variety of other health complications, including herniated discs and spinal cord problems. Their short limbs also put them at risk for arthritis in their joints- as well as bone diseases like osteoporosis due to the lack of calcium they often need because of the shape changes that happen to their bones.
Most Common Munchkin Cat Health Problems
Some munchkins are born with heart defects and other problems like lung complications, while others develop them as they age due to the shape changes in their body which make it difficult for blood circulation to occur properly. Some of these can be improved or prevented by surgery, but not all, especially if the problem is already too far gone.
Luckily, many of these problems can be prevented by following a set of guidelines from the Munchkin Cat Association- which include feeding your munchkin cat food that is specifically designed for them and providing plenty of exercises to help with their joints, as well as preventative treatments like vaccines and monthly heartworm prevention medication.