Teacup Persian Kittens - Special Care Needed

Teacup Persian Kittens – Special Care Needed

By: - Pets - September 30, 2011
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Persian cats have long been popular, but the Persian market has exploded in recent years after the specially bred teacup Persian kittens began appearing. These teeny cats weigh between 3 and 8 pounds in most cases where a regular cat weighs between 10 and 14 pounds. For those interested, teacup Persian kittens are quite expensive, usually around the $1000 mark and you should only buy them from a reputable breeder. There are 100s of cases each year where people have spent $100s on teacup Persian kittens only to find out they have been scammed. When they are kittens, it is pretty hard to tell how large cats will be when they are full grown and these are no exception.

All true teacup Persian kittens have a genetic disorder called achondroplasia. You may have heard of this word as it is one of the more common types of human dwarfish as well. Though there are no mental developmental problems in most cases, their physical stature is smaller. It can cause the cats hormones to become abnormal though making some of them difficult to breed. The teacups are not a registered breed and are not recognized by any registry meaning you cannot get papers for them.

Since teacup Persian kittens are so tiny, they can easily get hurt or even killed by things most cat owners will take for granted, such as jumping off of a bed. If you want one of these kittens you should never have young children around them and you should not let them around other children or anyone who does not have the mental development to understand how fragile these cats are. The larger teacups can handle a bit more roughness than the smaller ones, of course, but you always need to be careful and not allow them to get up on high spaces like you may allow other Persian cats to.

Persian cats have been the most popular cat breed in the United States for many years and they continue to be so. The teacups have taken on the same personality as the full sized Persians, staying quite calm and affectionate to their owners. They will tend to warm up quickly to strangers and are very clean for the most part. Persians are certainly wonderful pets and can live 12 years or more. If you are going to buy one, make sure you are getting them from a reputable breeder at all times.