Does anyone know about this breed - is it a real breed? I have never owned a cat before but I am ready to get one, have been reading up on all the breeds, not sure yet. I will definatley go to the humane society. Just curious about these minature cats.
You're saying the actual breed name is "mini cats"??? I do not think that's a breed. I checked the CFA and TICA websites. Sounds like a made up breed to me. And if it's too newly "created" then they won't consider it a legitimate breed yet. There are Munchkins which are recognized by TICA but not by CFA. Which is a short legged breed. I have never heard of mini cats. But even the Ragdoll got it's start somewhere and was eventually added as a legitmate breed so who knows where they are going with the Mini Cat. Similarly, some breeders charge extra for "teacup" cats. My Bailey is 5.67 pounds which qualifies as a "tea cup" Persian but my breeder doesn't believe in charging extra for a cat that just came out that way because her Mom was small. And "tea cup" as applied to cats is also a made up thing that people created to sell cats to people looking for a designer name. Bailey's value to me is no greater than her big sister Allie who weighs 8 pounds. Their love feels the same.
I don't think it is a breed, I think it is a fad to try to breed smaller and smaller cats because people find it cute. There are people out there who'd pay more for cats that will always "look like kittens." I have a 2 year old cat that only weigh 4.75lbs, but she is so sleek looking, she'd never pass as a kitten. As a kitten, she a little fat fluff ball. And for her I paid... nothing. I also have a 1 1/2 year old long-hair calico that weighs 12 lbs, that can curl herself into such a tight little ball you'd almost be convinced she's not any bigger than 5 lbs. I love all six for their different personalities, not their looks. In fact, I like some of the ones better than the ones I find cuter. With cats, personality means everything.