Minskin cat

Minskin

Exotic, Sweet, Affectionate

The offspring of not one but 4 different breeds including Munchkin, Burmese, Sphynx and Devon Rex, the Minskin has gained a lot of attention recently. It is a relatively new cat that has almost no hair.

Minskin cat

Health

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Lifetime Care

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 6 – 9 inches

Weight

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  • 3 – 5 lbs

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 15 years

Health Risk

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Veterinary lordosis

What is it?:

Visible signs of a distorted spinal column are lordosis which is basically a curvature of the spine at the lower back. In extreme cases, it can be fatal as well.

% of cats affected

10-15%

Clinical signs

  • Buttocks or stomach area sticking out
  • Discomfort while lying down on stomach
  • Visible unusuality in the spine

Treatment

This condition is usually since birth and will require a surgery in most cases but can yet be treated in its early stages by using

  • Chiropractic or manual surgery
  • Laser therapy

Average Vet Bill

$4000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $3600

80% = $3200

70% = $2800

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

What is it?:

It is the most common form of a heart disease. It causes the walls of the heart muscle to thicken and can cause the heart to increase in size

% of cats affected

10-12%

Clinical signs

Rapid breathing, open-mouthed breathing and lethargy

Treatment

There is cure yet which can prevent the growth of HCM before clinical signs are observed, however, oral and injected medication prescribed by your vet can help manage HCM

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

70% = $700

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Playful

Minskins are playful but not destructive

Sweet

It is a sweet tempered breed with a calm composure

Affectionate

They are very much human and other animals friendly and show affection openly

Lifetime Care

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Coat

With fur on specific parts, the coat is dense but with little hair

Colors

The breed comes in a variety of colors and patterns appear in the cat breed, including calico, pointed, tortoiseshell, tuxedo, tabby and bicolor

Hypoallergenic

Yes

Grooming

A weekly bath with a good anti-fungal shampoo is recommended for Minskins, much like for hairless or near-hairless cats.

Training

With a liking towards climbing, jumping and running, Minskins are easy to train as they are also intelligent

Paul Sorley of Boston in the USA, who desired a cat that had hair only in certain areas of its body, like ear tips. This led to an experiment and thus the creation of Minskin breed. Only 22 years old, this breed is a designer cum custom made one. Because of this, the breed is quite unique and rare. So rare that the current census wouldn’t be more than a couple of hundred cats in the world. But as they say, if it’s a piece of art, it has to be rare. While TICA (The International Cat Association) recognizes the breed as legitimate, the Cat Fanciers Association does not.

Minskin Cat: Introduction to the Breed

Adding any new pet to your family is a big decision. So it becomes very important that you take the time to research the breed that matches your vibe, personality and lifestyle. Think through the traits you’d like in a cat, and the ones you’d want to avoid. Here are a few things you need to know about the Minskin breed.

Minskin Cats are generally:

  • Adventurous
  • Social
  • Energetic and playful

If you are looking for a dog in the body of a cat, an Minskin is the perfect match for you. They are highly intelligent and have an exotic, alien like appearance. They are one of the most friendliest modern cat breeds who love to play and interact with not just humans but even other animals

What do Minskin Cats love?

  • Games that take a lot of thought such as puzzles or tech toys
  • Treat releasing activities
  • Watch birds and other wild creatures outdoors
  • Brushing the fur
  • Snuggling with humans

What to feed your Minskin Cat eat?

Cats are mainly carnivores, and they rely on a diet that is rich in protein. It is okay to buy cat food that you’re able to afford but try to use only vet-approved brands. Kittens that are under 30 weeks old require three meals per day consisting mostly of milk. Once they are over 30 weeks but under 12 months, feed them two meals per day of dry or wet food. It is very important that 90% of their diet must be protein. However, every once in a while, it is okay to spoil them once and in a while with a treat like fruits to snack on, but only if they’re interested.

The diet of your Minskin cat should include –

  • Proteins
  • Amino Acids
  • Fats
  • Vitamins
  • Water Content

Suggested sources of nutrients

  • Chicken, turkey and sea fish for their fat and protein requirements
  • Canned cat food for moisture content
  • Cottage Cheese, sour cream
  • Apples, carrots, cabbage,
  • Oats, rice and bran for carbohydrates
  • Shrinks and egg yolk
  • Raw beef

What to NOT feed your Minskin Cat eat?

The fact that they have a lean body, the food should be adjusted to support that.

  • Fatty foods – Pork, mutton
  • Spices – Salt and sugar
  • Hard foods – Bones
  • Garlic and onions
  • Eggplants
  • River fish
  • Cow Milk

Like human toddlers, Minskin cats do not chew their food very well. So it becomes very necessary to cut the food pieces in micro sizes before feeding. They also are not very careful of what they eat, so a surveillance is highly advised.

Health Problems for Minskin Cats

Apart from the above mentioned health conditions that a Minskin is prone to, there are some other problems as well that may occur within cats of this breed. These include –

  • Major Sunburns
  • Yeast infections
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis

Who should get a Minskin Cat

  • Stable homes or the families which do not move around a lot
  • People who prefer an indoor cat over an outdoor one
  • Families with children

Conclusion

Intelligent, playful, and fun to watch, yet still love snuggling in your lap at the end of the day, is what describes a Minskin cat’s personality. With its exotic and rare nature, you would be bringing home not just a friendly cat but a piece of art.

Here at Spot Pet Insurance, we do our best to provide helpful cat info. We care deeply about your cat’s health and want to be with you every step of the way. For other helpful info about cats, check out our Spot Pet Insurance webpage! Here we provide you with educational materials that can help you with the best foods, toys, safety, cleaning tips and care tips for your cat. We also offer personalized pet insurance plan options to help keep your cat protected in case of unexpected accidents and illnesses.

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