There are three types of small breeds of cats. The kind of small cats we are taking about are the dwarf cat, miniature cat and teacup cat.
There is only a subtle difference between the three varieties but what all three of them have in common is that they are very small when they have reached maturity.
It is important to note that not all small cats are miniatures but can in fact be runts of a litter. A normal cat can be in the weight range of 5-12 pounds. Any falling short of this weight range cannot simply be classed as miniature which needs to be taken into consideration when window shopping for a teacup cat or kitten.
In other words the buyer needs to be aware when shopping for a teacup kitten that he isn’t simply being sold a fully grown runt of a litter. This new trend for small kittens makes it easy for dishonest people to make a small fortune selling the runts of a litter which may come with a whole host of health problems – especially if the breeder is churning out many litters of kittens at an alarmingly fast rate.
On this website you will not only learn more about teacup cats, miniature cats, micro cats, mini cat and dwarf cats, we will also guide you on finding teacup cats for sale along with typical prices and costs, both to buy and ongoing costs of ownership.
Teacup Cats and Kittens
Teacup cats and kittens are simply small miniature cats which can occur through genetic mutation, hormonal or environmental changes. These are the species of cats and kittens which unfortunately have produced the most scams.
Utmost care has to be given when shopping for a teacup cat or kitten because some breeders will try and pass off small cats with possible health problems as teacups or minis when they in fact have been born too early, are runts or have been underfed as kittens.
The only genuine teacup cat is the teacup Persian also known as the Miniper.
Teacups and minis don’t just have short legs but are small all over. This genetic mutation and downsizing has produced a very small cat and breeders in the United States have successfully bred several lines of Teacup and Toy Persians.
This generic dwarfism has not only created the short legs but made them small over which has made this type of cat popular by demand.
Unfortunately this type of breed seems to come with a whole host of health problems which the prospective buyer should take into account when shopping around for a teacup kitten such as heart murmurs from having an enlarged heart, soft bones owing to the growth retardation, slow muscle growth, seizures, bowed legs, shortened lifespans, underdeveloped reproductive organs, and skulls not fully formed .
Owing to their very small size these small kittens are usually only put up for sale at 5-7 months of age and prospective owners need to take better care of them than their normally sized relatives as they are much more vulnerable.
A good breeder of teacups and miniatures will limit the amount of litters the queen (female cat) can produce annually to stay healthy as well as widen the gene pool to limit genetic defects.
When shopping for a dwarf, miniature, teacup or any pedigree cat the customer should ask for a health certificate to ensure a clean bill of health, proof of immunizations , see that the kitten is free of worms and fleas and a signed contract confirming that the kitten is healthy and free of congenital defects.
Always take the kitten to your local vet within 72 hours of purchase for a complete check up to ensure that your cat is healthy and have confirmation of its condition by an expert. It is also best to have the kitten spayed or neutered to ensure a longer life and stop them straying further afield.
A year after having purchased the new member of the family , take them back to the vet for booster shots.
Currently, apart from the teacup Persian, we are not aware of any other breeds, so in answer to your questions, no there is no such thing as a teacup Bengal or teacup Siamese.
Genuine miniature cats come from breeding lines where a genuine breeder is strictly controlling and manipulating the gene pool and the kittens are a result of a genetic mutation or downsizing. Downsizing means to select the current smallest cats to produce even smaller kittens
A genuine breeder will take great care that his kittens are healthy and kept in very hygienic surroundings. They will also make sure that their kittens are adopted by suitable owners. A genuine breeder will also limit the amount of litters the female cat is allowed to produce during a calender year to ensure her health and well being.
He will also ensure that there is no inbreeding and will continually ensure the widening of the gene pool which will make for healthier cats and kittens. Inbreeding can result in kittens with deformities and many health issues which will prove very expensive when it comes to vet bills.
Miniature cats are usually a third to half the size of a normal domesticated cat of the same breed.
An example of a miniature cat is the Singapura which has been around since 1975.
Dwarf cats are a relatively new breed of cat and has been around since the 1980’s as the result of a genetic mutation. The Munchkin is the founding breed of the short legged or chondrodysplastic dwarf cat.
Crossing the Munchkin with normally proportioned domesticated cats has produced quite a number of dwarf breeds which have been recognized by the the Dwarf Cat Association.
Munchkins have been crossed with a Sphynx cat to produce the Bambino, American Curl and Sphynx to produce the Dwelf, a Persian to produce the Napoleon, the LaPerm to produce the Skookum, Munchkin and American Curl to produce the Kinkalow, the Selkirk Rex to produce the Lambkin, Munchkin, Bengal cat, Savannah cat, Domestic Short Hair cat and Oriental SH to produce the Genetta, Sphynx, Devon Rex and Burmese to produce the Minskin. The Fantasy Cat by crossing the Munchkin and American Curl. The Knook was produced by crossing the Kinkalow with the La Perm or Skookum. The Jaguarundi Curl has been bred to resemble the Jaguarundi by outcrossing the Munchkin with the Highland Lynx.
Dwarf cats are generally not recognized outside the United States of America.