for 12 years. She currently
shares her home with two
finicky felines (Minky and
Gypsy), one crazy pup (Jake)
and not enough closet
space. Find her online chat-
ting about beauty, books,
fashion and fur babies at
8 Kitty hoarders You know how magpies like to
beg, borrow and steal small, shiny
objects, squirreling them away
for a rainy day? Well, Munchkin
cats do, too! In fact, some refer to
Munchkins as magpies due to this
9 A closer look Munchkins are frequently found
sitting up on their hind legs like a rabbit in order to get a better glimpse of
something that has caught their eye.
10 Family friend The Munchkin craves company: kids, dogs, other animals,
complete strangers — there’s never
enough! They live for a game of chase
or a catnip mouse prime for hunting
but will never turn down the offering
of a warm lap for cuddling.
11 Curiosity killed the cat — or did it?
If you thought the typical cat breed
was curious, the Munchkin is curious
on a whole different level. He can,
and will, explore every nook, corner
and cranny of your abode more than
once — and likely pilfer a pretty
something each and every time!
shorter, they’re no different than your
4 Munchkin history This brings us to the next controversy: the Munchkin’s origins. Though
short-legged cats (not necessarily
Munchkins) were spotted as early as
the 1930s, today’s Munchkin is the
result of an accidental 1983 finding
in Louisiana, where a music teacher
named Sandra Hochenedel rescued
two Munchkins from a Bulldog, only
to learn that they were both pregnant. She kept one — a little lady
named Blackberry — and when her
kittens were born, she gifted one to
her friend Kay LaFrance, who worked
with Solveig Pflueger, TICA’s Genetics
Committee chairperson, to discover
more about the breed and make it
recognized by the world.
5 We’re off to see the wizard
Does the name Munchkin have
anything to do with The Wizard of
Oz? Yep! Kay LaFrance established a
colony of Munchkins on her Louisiana
plantation. As the cats reproduced,
the town was full of them — resembling the munchkins from L. Frank
6 Short jump Munchkins can jump but only
to an extent. Will they make it onto
your bedroom bookcase? Not likely.
But they’re capable of making it
onto kitchen counters when they
feel the urge.
7 Fast and furious The Munchkin’s real
strength is speed. They have an
insane amount of energy and a
knack for speed and agility, taking corners like a furry race car
and staying low to the ground to
get the most traction.
In 2013, Lilieput, a 9-year-old
tortoiseshell Munchkin from
Napa, California, was named
the Shortest Living Domestic
Cat by Guinness World Records.
Lilieput, owned by Christel
Young, stood only 5. 25 inches
from floor to shoulders!