Genetta

 

The Genetta is a short-legged cat with a striped or marbled coat being developed from a variety of breeds such as bengals, munchkins, ocicats and others.

Health and welfare of short-legged cats

Cats (Felis catus) are not a species with naturally short legs. Mutations that cause short legs may be detrimental in restricting aspects of the cat’s mobility and in some cases leg deformities may be painful and debilitating through the development of abnormal joints.

International Cat Care comment:

This is a ‘designer breed’ of cat based on combining multiple other breeds and mutations. There is no justification for breeding cats which may suffer as a result of deliberately breeding mutations. We should not breed these cats.

 

Important

We have limited the information about inherited disorders to those conditions that are known and proven to exist within a breed. For many breeders and many conditions, insufficient information may be available at this time to know whether any particular breed is necessarily free of any particular condition.

In general, pedigree breeds use a much smaller gene pool for breeding than domestic cats and therefore have a higher risk of developing inherited disorders. In addition, a number of 'newer' pedigree breeds are derived from matings between one or more 'older' breeds, and in these situations perpetuation of inherited problems that were seen in older breeds is likely within the newer breeds.

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