Anything rare and unusual often commands a steep price. Unfortunately, that desire for rare items can involve cats with genetic mutations. One of the latest popular genetic mutations in cats is the sausage or munchkin cat that has stubby legs.

Director Rosemary Fisher of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, the leading body for registering cats in Britain, said, “It is distressing to see kittens and puppies bred simply for the cuteness factor. Some Munchkins, for example, suffer from lordosis, a condition in which spinal muscles grow too short, causing the spine to arch inwards.”

So please adopt cats of all kinds, even those with genetic mutations. Just don’t encourage the breeding of genetically mutated cats for their appearance alone. You want cats that can live healthy lives regardless of what they look like.

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