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Mar 16, 2008

Munchkin Kitteh Overload

We've shown you Munchkin Kittehs befo'—their stubbular limbs and teeny folded ears are unstoppable. Thanks to alert reader Heather W., we bring you even MO' munchkin kitten action, for your Sunday dose of Teh Qte.

Oh, and there is mo:

And... still more proshness ahead:

Great stubbular, tiney-earred finds, Heather W.!

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these kitties are cute and obv. happy and beloved--but for me, it's sad to see a cat bred so it can't do so many cool cat stuffs.
sorry! no hard feelings?

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:28 PM

Ha ha, was in such a hurry to get the bleen, I didn't even spell out my name.

Cute kittehs!

Before the nuffers start:
To me, these are just like dachses, and they're still cute and cuddly and adorable.


 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:30 PM

Why are these kitties so cute? How did they get this way. I have never seen ones with ears and heads so round. does anyone know if this is a specific breed or are they dwarf or something? Wondering....

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:33 PM

I want to see one jump. It would be sad if they can't jump :(

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:33 PM

This is what, the third time the last video in this post has been posted? Something like that. Wouldn't hurt if you tried to remember what you posted before...

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:39 PM

OMG! They can periscope like buns!

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:40 PM

I have *got* to get me one of these!

Okay, we have three kittehs and two doggies and don't need anymore, but AWWW!!

Nancy Liedel - The Goat Rodeo
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:41 PM

Awww I love his/her little beady eyes. SO cute!

Mizz. Pinkerz
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:42 PM

My kitties aren't so polite. If I'm on the couch, they're more than happy to jump on me, and use me as the warm-blooded furniture that I am. ;)

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:45 PM

LOL I lurve the flailing paws in the first vid. You can almost hear the tiny "ehn, ehn, ehn" from here.

just me
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:49 PM

EEEEEEEEEEEE lookit him run! Lookit his stubby lil legs go! Vid 3 is the best.

jess e.
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:57 PM

Hate to be one of "those people," but I think it's sad when people breed cats to look a certain way that they think is cute, but really just makes life harder for them. Cats have long legs for a reason.

Save your money, adopt a shelter cat!

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 02:59 PM

@ lulz: nice attitude when you should be showing some gratitude for the free entertainment. It's not like the video is any less cute the next time around!

jess e.
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:01 PM

I don't know why this bothers me as its exactly the same as dog breeds with short limbs...
Dachshunds are adorable...
But yet it does...
Kinda gross....

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:01 PM

Anuffymous, I was thinking the exact same thing. It makes me so sad to think someone bred these cats to look like this on purpose. Who would do something like that?

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:01 PM

The lullaby music on the 3rd was SO SWEET----I was practically crying!!!!

I'm not a huge fan of the munchkin (or scottish folds, for that matter), but all bebehs are SO SO QTE!!!!!!

And, no, no politeness in my house, either! I don't get to lay on the couch by myself too long....somebody will be landing and cuddling into the curve of my side, while others prefer down by the feet!! (But I luffff it!)

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:11 PM

IIRC from before, the breeders of the kitty in the last clip said she was a fluke, and her health is OK but they won't breed from her. Knowing that lets me enjoy the Qte. I hope the marmie munchkin is well cared for too.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:12 PM

I'm gonna have to side a bit with anuffymous and others with this one, even though the fact that dachshunds exist and I don't give much thought to that brings a bit of cognitive dissonance. I'm liking selective breeding less and less, when it doesn't do much except make peoples entertained or amused.
HOWever, that doesn't make these kitties any less cute. Look at the way that first one swats at that toy! Totally--*ahem* TEWTALLY still a kitten.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:14 PM

Actually, Munchkin cats are REALLY good jumpers. Kind of like bunnies. They have pretty much no health problems, unless they're bred SO hard toward short legs that their chests can't actually handle the angle.

For the most part, they're healthy and happy, though.

And I, too LOVE the flailing paws in the first vid. :)

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:16 PM

The one on the bottom stole my heart! XO

Kate B.
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:16 PM

So cute! The 3rd video is the best.
My friend has a munchkin cat and he can get around really well and do somewhat-regular kitty stuffs.

p.s. That "lulz" post is just some mean person trolling the site. Don't pay any attention to it.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:22 PM

Breeding is always wrong. These cats will have kneeproblems among other things. And eventually, there will be kittys born that cannot live long becaus of birthdefects caused by breeding.

This sucks. Animal-cruelty is what it is.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:40 PM

Right on the periscope, those ears especially in #1 were swiveling all over the place!

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:46 PM

OHHHHH my, that was an overload, my head about popped off!!! I want one sooooooo bad it's not even funny!!!! They are the cutest thing I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!! I love love love it!! and the 3rd vid is by far the bestest of the best!!!!!!

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:46 PM

awwwwwww they are soo cute and that little munchkin at the end is cute everytime it makes an appearance.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:47 PM

Wow, a Bleenuff. Have we ever had one before?

Too Many Maureens
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:47 PM

God are they cute, but these little short legged kitties can have serious health problems. Whatever gene mutation results in short legs also effects development of their heart and lungs. Random short legged kits often do just fine, but if intentionally [inter]bred for this trait they are often short lived. Remember cats are not nearly as "plastic" as dogs when it comes to changes in physiology.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 03:56 PM

Umm...why did someone make a cat with stubby legs and flat ears? Don't cats need their ears up so they can hear? Why would you want stubby legs on your cat?? This is odd. I hope they don't start making a bunch of these cats. It's kind of like breeding little people cos they're "so cute!". I'm really kind of disturbed by this. I'm a huge cat lover but this is weird.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:12 PM

I NEED a munchkin kitty to have flailing arm fights with my munchkin doggy (aka doxie)!! The full sized cats have too much of an advantage on him...

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:14 PM

OMG! The return of the marmalade I Made You A Cookie cat!

Also, er, Hele., while I agree that some breeding is very very wrong (you should see the scary things people have done to pigeons and canaries)... you do realize that it's years of breeding that's given you dogs? It's the difference between Rover and a wolf or a dingo.

Yubi Shines
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:19 PM

Wuuut??? Where did my bleen go? Theo, why did you give the bleen to the nuff?

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:27 PM

3rd video may me want to snorgle my screen, every time the kitteh came near the camera. So friggin' adorable!! (>_<) And dude - get off the couch, you lazy lump, so the kitty can get his turn!!

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:28 PM

aww, so cute! They're like the doxie of the cat world!

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:33 PM

I don't care that this cat has short legs and folded ears - it is LOVED, cared for well, adorable and it seems very happy. That is all that matters.

It is in existence, it has a good home, it seems - who are we to nuff as to its existence. Obviously, it is not cooped up because of "health problems" - it's allowed to play and roll around.

How exactly is it conducive to say how "wrong" this is...the cat could've been put down, I doubt anyone wants that. If she was a fluke and no one wanted her, isn't it all the better that someone did choose to keep her? With all the animals being purposely put down because no one wants them, isn't this a story of triumph?

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:35 PM

I, too, am sad to see the stumpy one beside the more fast-moving, elegant litter mate.
Cute? There's more important things to consider...like what's best for the animal. Stumpy legs and folded ears are mutations. I pity any such cat who ended up a stray...wouldn't last a week.

Daphne Moss
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 04:37 PM

So cute, but the second video is sad - the kitteh can't even jump up on the couch :(

We probably feel worse about it than he does, but still.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:10 PM

AHHHH! EVERY SINGLE TIME we get the munchkin kittehs we have the SAME COMMENTROVERSY!!!!

The upshot, peeps:

SOMETIMES these animals are bred for these traits. SOMETIMES they aren't. SOMETIMES they have serious health problems. SOMETIMES they don't.

If animals are well-taken care of, they are blessed compared to most animals in this world who have little chance of survival in the wild and often even less in captivity. I encourage everyone to try to see the positive. The kittehs are CUTE and someone is taking care of them, whatever their physical condition. Let's encourage people NOT to breed for "defects," but let's not get so eugenic whenever we see an being that doesn't comport to our own (quite subjective) standards of "normalcy."

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 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:42 PM

Sorry for the rant...Bertha was a "runt" cat and has slightly shorter forelegs than most kitties, and she walks with a little hitch. I'm always sensitive to people who say she is a "weird-looking" cat, she's just a little smaller and wonkier. But she's almost 12, in perfect health, and jumps and runs wherever she wants to (thank heavens).

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:46 PM

These kitties are adorable, and I am glad that they have good homes and are well-cared for, as any kitty surely deserves. That being said, I beleive that breeding these kinds of cats ON PURPOSE is wrong and nothing short of animal cruelty. Same thing with any other highly-mutated breed. Just because we think it's cute, doesn't mean it is good for the cat.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:48 PM

I think most of us can agree that if these genetic defects (as irresistibly adorable as they are) were a fluke, then yay to the owners giving them wonderful homes. If they were intentionally bred this way, booooo to the butt munches who may cause health problems and inabilities in these animals' lives.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:49 PM

Cute indeed, but like several others, I do not approve. Count me in as disapproving.

Cats are supposed to be badass ninjas, evolutionary killers.

I hate it when people take their cats and give them cute outfits and put them in little infant craddles/carriers.

Sure when they are kittens, they can be so cute that they make you want to explode, but what happens when they grow up? Do these cute enthusiasts love their cats less as they become less kittenish?

I'm a cat owner who loves my cat because she puts me back in my place (as a human). At one time, she was very very cute, but now she is Master and Commander, and I am here to do her bidding.

larry csonka
 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:50 PM

I was fortunate enough to find an all black munchkin kitty at the pound! I've had her for over 3 years now and she's been the healthiest cat ever. She's the one who I find sitting on top of the doors (still no idea how she got up there) and she's the one I had to go out and buy an extension ladder to get out of a tree when she escaped the house and went "exploring" and then meowed because she couldn't do reverse (just like the regular legged cats) Oz rules, she's the clowniest Anipal in the herd.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:51 PM

I don't have strong feelings for or against munchkins. I've always had mutts, not purebreds. I do love watching them grow into their very long legs in the teenager stage, though.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:51 PM

And she's retained her cuteoverloadedness. She's a stunning cat, and she's kicked more than one dog's hinder in my house. Those short arms still have pointy points at the end.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:53 PM

andrea, we can haz pictures? Pweese?

I have a scottish fold (another breed that is fought with nuffingness) who is also one of the healthiest kitties I've ever had. No joint issues, no hearing issues. Had a friend who had a munchie, totally adorable and totally functional. Was able to keep up with the big cats with no problem. :)

The key is reputable breeders and loving homes. :D

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 05:59 PM

Begging your pardon, but I believe the key is spaying/neutering, lest the cuteoverloads on the street die there due to lack of loving homes.

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 06:08 PM

Awwwwww.... they need someone to take care of them because they're so wee and helpless. I shall take them all home. <3

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 06:09 PM


So, like, wheres da leetle red pointy hats mang?


 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 06:11 PM

*takes a deep breath*

 |  Mar 16, 2008 at 06:15 PM

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