With more or less atypical physiques, small cats are lovable animals in more ways than one.
Small cats are known to be relaxed and adapt to all household profiles. A look back at five emblematic breeds of this category of felines, as well as their main physical and behavioral characteristics.
Short on the legs, the Munchkin is a small cat that is characterized by its slim silhouette. Some specialists consider it the feline counterpart of the basset hound or dachshund. He is very affectionate towards his master and the members of his household. The Munchkin has a playful and curious temperament, especially with children. If he is likely to develop osteoarthritis with age, he is in excellent health. It is not uncommon for this pet to live up to 15 years.
Minskin is a cat breed that is still not very widespread. This new short-legged breed comes from a cross between a Munchkin and a Sphynx, (known for being hairless). This little cat is known for its sociability, curiosity and loving nature.
Known for its calm and homely character, the Korat originates from Thailand. Furthermore, it takes its name from the eponymous region. If it meets with great success in Anglo-Saxon countries, it is a relatively rare and little-known small cat in Europe. Its size at the withers does not exceed 30 cm for an average weight of 4 kg. Its coat is a uniform silvery blue. The korate has an exceptionally long life. With good eating habits and regular veterinary supervision, he can live between 20 and 25 years.
Like Munchkin, Skookum has the physical distinction of being short-legged. It has a curly coat that gives it a disheveled appearance. All in length and muscular, its silhouette is slightly raised at the level of the hindquarters. Compared to the proportions of his body, his head seems small. This small cat (it does not exceed 30 cm) is also known for its mischievous nature, asking those around it to play. He is not very territorial and happily accepts the presence of other pets.
Another small cat, the Singapura appeals with its compact silhouette and rounded head. The latter emphasizes large, erect ears and very expressive eyes. It has a size similar to Korat’s, i.e. a weight between 2 and 5 kg for a withers height of 25 to 30 cm. Sociable and quick, the Singapura is one of the most pleasant pets to live with. With an excellent constitution, it can live up to 20 years.
A naturally independent cat, Van Turk is an adventurous cat who likes to explore his outdoor environment. He is sociable and unsuspecting of strangers. This little cat has the peculiarity of loving water, to the point of bathing for pleasure. He has a long to medium length coat. Although shades are accepted in breed standards, his coat is white. Van-Turken can have strange eyes. It is a cat with a good constitution, whose average lifespan is 15 years.
Adopting an animal is a commitment, it’s a decision you’ll need to think about carefully. Don’t hesitate to contact your vet or the shelter closest to you before you start. They will be able to give you their advice on the best dog breed for you.