Teacup kittens are generally the result of breeding a single species or cross-breeding two species of cats through genetic mutations that a kitten with extremely short legs becomes an outcome. They carry the genes of the normal sized cat only that they were mutated to have miniature sizes. Most of these kittens are of the species Persian cats, coming from the traditional long-haired Persians and their subdivision Himalayan cats. Breeding these teacups is somehow a delicate process, and suppliers of these specially grown cats undergo complicated procedures to ensure that when the kittens are born they have proportionately sized body parts despite being undersized. There are instances when the mutations go wrong that when kittens were born some irregularities are seen as a result of the breeding. Through years of research and experiments, a number of deformations and internal illnesses have been discovered as a result of the mutations.
Due to the fact that teacup kittens are prone to some congenital defects and extremely stunted growth, many are against the sale of these kittens. Why push on having the teacup kittens as pets when you aren’t certain you will be getting a 100% healthy kitten? Activists have been against their sale because they believe it is a form of abuse to the different breeds of cats. Still, their types have an increasing demand these days, although supply is limited to the point that you need to make reservations on genuine teacup breeders. Scams abound in the sale of these kittens because they are a bit expensive. You may be searching for the teacup only to be delivered with a kitten that was just small in size but when it reaches its maturing ages, it will grow to a maximum height standard among normal-sized kittens.
When getting teacup Persian or Himalayan kittens, make sure they have a health certificate ensuring that they are free of diseases and other risk factors that might have you look after seriously ill kitten eventually. The cattery or your supplier must have proof that the kittens have had their vaccine shots, they were de-wormed, free from fleas, that they have been spayed or neutered, and a signed contract that the kittens are free from genetic abnormalities. The last requirement may be the first priority, especially now that you are aware teacup kittens are prone to many illnesses due to the process of mutation they have been subjected to. As soon as they arrive at your house, make sure you have them checked by a veterinarian within 72 hours from purchase.
The most important vaccinations for kittens are FVRCP, or the Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus and Panleukopenia vaccinations. For which purposes they are served will be outlined below:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis. This is a respiratory tract infection caused by the feline herpes virus. It is contagious and will leave kittens and cats to acquire serious respiratory problems and visual harm.
- Calcivirus. It has different strains which will cause a wide array of diseases from simple infections to fatal pneumonia. When one kitten possesses the virus it can easily spread the virus to other felines for up to one year.
- Panleukopenia. 90% of kittens less than 6 months afflicted with this virus do not survive. It is a highly contagious disease that rapidly goes to the system.
Let us now proceed to some of the characteristics of the teacup Persian kittens since the Persians are the breeds most commonly used for teacup mutations, along with their subtype the Himalayan kittens. Remember that teacups do not get bigger than 9 pounds and will never reach the height of the traditional Persian as they mature, yet they still have similar characteristics like those of their original counterparts. The Himalayans are a cross between the Siamese and the Persian, such that the result is a kitten that has the body of the Persian and the color-point pattern of the Siamese.
Here are the most common attributes of the teacup Persian kittens:
- long, flowing coats that need occasional brushes with a metal comb to avoid tangles and hairballs
- open, pansy like faces
- sweet personality
- easily adapts to households
- large expressive eyes, great for interaction
- short-heavily boned legs
- broad short bodies
- feet are firmly planted most of the time
- not used to jumping and climbing
- requires occasional baths and clipping of nail tips
When you already have you teacup kitten or kittens, it is a wise idea to know for sure what it takes to look after them. Feed them with high quality kitten food, provide water at all times, monitor its health regularly, don’t forget the vaccines, and interact with them on a daily basis to develop further their social skills. They may be teacup kittens for now, but they will still become cats. So make sure that they are used to being communicated and gently played with at a young age.