Not all cats advertised as minute are teacup kittens. Be aware that the approved size female cat will weight about 11 to 14 pounds. The approved size male cat will weight about 12 to 17 pounds. A teacup size female cat will weight about 3 to 6.5 pounds and the teacup size male will weight about 3 to 7.5 pounds. This is a good rule-of-thumb to keep in mind when shopping for a teacup. Some unscrupulous breeders will try to sell you a cat under ten pounds as a teacup when that weight falls within the general weight range for a approved cat. When shopping for a teacup do not be fooled by a breeder that will try to sell you a runt or tell you that any cat less than ten pounds is a miniature.
Teacup kittens come in a variety of breeds. These cats are bred to be small by inbreeding. The smallest cat of one breed is mated with the smallest cat of another breed progressively in each generation and with each mating a minute or teacup cat is born. The follow of this type of breeding results in dwarfism. There are two forms of dwarfism where teacups and other minute animals are concerned and they are achondroplastic where the dominant gene will, straight through mutation, affect the hormones that control bone growth, and the primordial which occurs naturally. At this point let’s cover the most tasteless breeds of minute (teacup) cats.
The most favorite of the teacup kittens is the blend of Persian and Exotic. The MiniPer, a blend of Persians and Exotics was developed in California by Cher Simmitt. The MiniPers are primordial dwarves and their bodies are proportionate in every way except that they are smaller than the approved Persian and Exotic. The MiniPaws are a hybrid and carry the genes of both the achondroplastic and primordial dwarfism. They are small in proportion and have shortened legs thus, causing the legs to be somewhat deformed. They are a good example of the mutation of the dominant gene and its affect on the hormones that control bone growth. .
The Napoleon was developed intentionally by mating a Munchkin with a Persian. They have long coats and gorgeous big eyes much like the Persian. The Napoleon is the most recent of the teacup breeds.
The Lambkin was developed by cross breeding a Munchkin with a Selkirk Rex. They are called Lambkin because of their soft curly coats that look like the coat of a lamb. Most of the minute or teacup kittens are cross breeds of Persians and Exotics and are the most favorite and sought after of all of the minute breeds.
Many people want the teacups because they’re cute and look like kittens. They are easy to hold and carry and most of them are lap cats. However, be forewarned, they may be kittens when you buy them but like all other cats they grow up and lose their kittenish ways. They are after all, cats and cats do not stay kittens forever.