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Teacup Cats:

Out of all the different breeds of cats in the world, one of the most unique and smallest is the teacup, also regarded by some as the cutest.

They make great family pets and are even very tolerant with children. The breed has been created by inbreeding with smaller kittens. The Persian and the exotic breeds of cat are the most commonly used when it comes to teacup kittens.

The Napoleon is one new teacup breed. It has a long beautiful coat and big eyes. It is a mix of a Persian and a Munchkin.

Teacup cats have become incredibly popular over the past few years, particularly with families living in apartments and small houses. Most teacup females weigh 2-4 lbs while the males are 3-6 lbs.

It is important that you get your tea cup from a genuine breeder, as there are a number of common health problems that teacup cats face. These include severe growth retardation causing the bones to become soft, slow rate of muscle mass growth leading to a weak cat and possibly decreased use of limbs, heart murmurs, and an enlarged heart. They also have seizures and many other neurological problems, possibly leading to blindness. Some tea cups have a soft spot in the top of the skull that leaves the cat susceptible to major head trauma. Many tend to have shortened life spans. Finally, the reproductive organs never grow, and if they do, it is in a malformed way.

Finding a teacup cat that has been bred by a responsible, legitimate breeder is difficult. However, this is the only way to minimize the risk of health problems. Of course this is not a guarantee against hereditary disease, so you should always ensure that the breeder gives you these items:

  • A health certificate that states the kitten has no diseases
  • A certificate that states the kitten has been given its "shots" (FVRCP)
  • A certificate that states that it has been dewormed and defleaed
  • A certificate that states that the cat has been spayed or neutered.
  • Micro chipping so that you can identify it if and when it gets lost.
  • A contract signed by the breeder which includes a health guarantee that your kitten has no genetic problems.
Make sure you visit a vet within 72 hours of purchase to get your kitten checked. After a year do not forget to get a booster shot. After that, you do not need to give it anymore shots for 3 years, especially if the cat is an indoor cat.
  Submitted on May 7, 2010