Teacup kittens are miniature versions of traditionally normal sized kittens but in general they are genetically mutated smaller versions of the Persian and Himalayan cats purposely dwarfed to be born with proportional body parts to appear smaller than their original breeds. They have been bred over time to become extremely small. Genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors help make this process successful.
Teacup kittens are not allowed to be brought home until they are at least 5 months old. Most of them are born with some health problems as a result of these selective breeding so no one can ever bring them home younger than 5months old. After birth, they need to be monitored for some symptoms of the most common illnesses found among teacup kittens. While the teacups were bred to appear small, excessive growth retardation will soften the bones. The process also slows the rate of muscle mass growth which will weaken the kitten’s limbs. Heart murmurs, enlarged heart, misshapen jaws and bowed legs are also manifested. Organs within the body may also have abnormal developments and malformation. Since seizures and some neurological problems may also take place, the kitten’s skull may have soft spots that can cause blindness and other illnesses.
Teacup Persian kittens are known as MiniPers, proportionally smaller versions of the Persian cats. MiniPaws on the other hand is another common breed of teacups quite similar to the MiniPers only that their legs are extremely short, which make them appear as a dwarf cat. Napoleons are breeds coming from a mixture of a Munchkin cat and the Persian cat. They have a lovable look of short stubby legs and beautifully colored coats. Lambkins are a mix of Munchkins and Selkirk Rex. They are the latest breeds to ever be authentically categorized to belong to teacup cats.