The popularity of Instagram animals seems to be growing, and this beautiful munchkin kitten is no exception!
Chata is a calico cat with short legs who prefers to lay flat on his back while sleeping. Yup. You read correctly.
If anything, it would be more correct to state that this adorable cat looks more likе the cartoon character Snoopy than a real person when he is sleeping. Nevertheless, he is lovely beyond belief and has taken Instagram by storm.
Even though Chata is only a little over a year old and lives in Japan with his sister Chava, the pair has amassed more than 124k Instagram followers!
Chata prefers to lie flat on his back, straight as a plank.
Many people have expressed concern about how Chata wakes up after sleeping in this manner, but given how frequently he does it, perhaps there is no issue.
Chata frequently engages in mischief when he is not sound asleep. The older sister of Chata, Chava, who is now almost two years old, is also on the same Instagram account.
Like most small brothers, Chata irritates his big sister and occasionally gets a fair reprimand, but in the end, they are close.
He has a sister named Chava and is Japanese.
Despite how beautiful munchkin cats are, there are some drawbacks to owning one. If you must own a tiny cat, we advise finding it a home through adорtion from a shelter or rеscuе group.
Otherwise, you encourage breeders to make Munchkin cats, a contentious breed, more. While some claim they have no health difficulties, others counter that they do.
When Chata lays on his back to sleep, he seems quite human.
Despite having a lifetime of 12 to 15 years on average, some Munchkin kittens experience a disorder called lordosis, which causes the spinal muscles to shorten and cause the spine to sag into the cat’s body. This disorder is lethal at its worst.
They may also develop pectus excavatum, a condition that causes the cat’s breast bone to turn inward.
It’s important to remember that other cat breeds could also experience lordosis and pectus excavatum, which is why the issue has generated so much debate—some individuals are still in favor of breeding Munchkin cats.
He seems so at ease.
A genetic mutation that occurred on its own led to the creation of the Munchkin breed. An autosomal dominant gene shortens the long bones in a cat’s legs, resulting in their small legs.
To have short legs and transmit the trait on to their offspring, cats only require one copy of this gene.
Sadly, a Munchkin cat embryo will not live if it inherits one of these genes from each parent. Because of this, two Munchkin cats can never be mated.
We just want to stroke that soft belly.
In the 20th century, the first wild Munchkin cats were discovered in Russia, New England, and Great Britain.
Not until the 1980s did individuals begin intentionally breeding these cats, giving them the nickname “kangaroo cat” because to the length difference between their front and back legs.
The ancestor of the American Munchkin cat is a short-legged, pregnant strаy who was taken in by a music teacher in Rayville, Louisiana, in the early 1980s.
When the cat gave birth to kittens with a similar appearance, the teacher handed one to a friend who let them run free outside. Her land quickly became overrun with short-legged cats.
The Munchkin cat wasn’t recognized as a distinct cat breed until 1994, when it was also admitted to TICA’s New Breed development program.
It caused a lot of people to be sad. With regard to the breed, one of the TICA judges quit, calling it “an affront to any breeder with ethics.”