In my previous post, I gave all the hairy details about the dumping of and rescuing a stray cat.
He is now neutered, immunized, de-parsitized, and been given a clean bill of health.
That day at the cat spa (where I told him he was going) set me back $110.
All so there wouldn't be umpty more kittens born this year.
I listed him in the lost/found section of Craig's List and immediately got a hit from a woman who unknowingly gave me the information I needed to find out more about her.
Good thing, too.
She's a cat breeder AND a dog breeder.
Her website says she only breeds a few times a year. She has 3 female cats and 2 male cats.
Kittens will run you $200-$300 a piece.
Mutt puppies (Sheltie-Corgie X) will put you back $400!
The dog breeding thing is just stupid, and fodder for another post.
What's so special about the kittens, though?
This is what's so special about the kittens.
They're low-rider cats.
Not my word. The word of the folks that name breeds of cats.
Here's the low-down (pun intended) on Munchkin cats.
Evidently, they are fairly free of problems relating to their unusual body shape.
Geneticists say they are no different from Bassett Hounds, Dachshunds or Corgies---meaning they don't suffer from dwarfism.
In fact, they don't suffer from spinal troubles the way the dogs do.
Aside from the fact that the lady is a breeder, what's my beef with her?
Punett's Squares are what's wrong.
Remember Punett's Squares from Biology class?
Here's a key for todays lesson:
"m" equals a normal cat, like most of us have.
"M" equals a munchkin short-legged cat.
Remember, each animal on the planet imparts 2 genes to each offspring.
The top two letters in the square are one parent's genetic (Mm) ability to produce kittens and the left side is the other parent (Mm).
In the Square below, both parents are short-legged cats, but have the ability to produce a long-legged variety.
Stay with me.
I honestly have no idea.