Despite the controversies and concerns about health issues, studies up till today showed that the Munchkin Cat is relatively healthy. The Munchkin does not suffer from the spinal problems and hip dysplasia due to their short legs despite the concerns of public.
There are two main health problems the Munchkin Cat owners should be aware of.
Munchkins are said to be vulnerable to this condition. Londosis is a specific condition whereby the spinal muscles did not develop correctly during growth. It’s very rare but it causes a slight downward spiral in the spine. There’s a severity range from mild to severe, with mild being slightly uncomfortable, but with severe Londosis a Munchkin Cat will be unlikely to survive as it grows.
This condition occurs when there is a genetic deformity in the chest cavity. It can develop at any stage in a Munchkin’s life. It is more commonly known as ‘funnel chest’ as this condition causes a sunken chest look.
Other Speculative Conditions
There have been a few studies that have given the Munchkin Cat a pretty clean health check but there are few issues to be cautious with.
- Uremia (end-stage kidney failure)
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUDT)
- Lymphosarcoma (cancer in the lymphoid tissue)
The health issues that are currently claimed are not specific to the Munchkin breed. Many cats suffer the same problems, it’s just that the Munchkin has an higher risk. A well cared for, well exercised Munchkin Cat that has a healthy diet will grow to old age without significant health issues.