Cats are some of the cutest little fur balls out there, and they have taken over the Internet as a result.
Who doesn’t like to follow an account that showcases adorable cat videos and photos? One image can transform a bad day into a good day – almost as quickly as cuddling with your favorite cat.
Something cat fans quickly learn about felines is that they all have different sleeping habits. Some cats sleep on their sides, others sleep sprawled out on their bellies – and some cats, like the adorable Munchkin cat named Chata, sleep on their backs like a human.
The orange and white calico has grown rather famous for his interesting sleeping position – in which he lies flat on his back with his legs perfectly straight.
His owners didn’t just catch him doing it once, they see him sleeping like this all of the time. He might be passed out on the couch or in his cat bed beside his friend Chava – but most of the time he’s flat on his back.
Chata is relatively new to Instagram, his account (@chavata2023) originated in January of this year. The first photos featured on the account are of Chata’s older sister, Chava, who is nine months old.
The fantastic feline duo has collected over 41,000 followers in a short time – in great part thanks to how cute Chata is when he sleeps.
He’s also incredibly cute when he’s awake…
While munchkin cats are super adorable, there are some downsides to getting one. If you must have an itty-bitty kitty, we recommend adopting one in need of a home from a shelter or rescue organization.
Otherwise, you give breeders more incentive to produce Munchkin cats, who are a controversial breed. Some people argue they have no health issues, while others say they do.
While the average lifespan is 12 to 15 years, some Munchkin kittens develop a condition known as lordosis, which causes the spinal muscles to grow too short so that the spine sinks down into the cat’s body. At its worst, this condition is fatal.
In addition, they can become afflicted with pectus excavatum, a deformity that causes the cat’s breast bone to sink inwards.
It’s worth noting that other cat breeds may also develop both lordosis and pectus excavatum, hence the widespread controversy, with some people still on team Munchkin breeding.
The Munchkin breed formed as a result of a spontaneous genetic mutation. Their short legs result from an autosomal dominant gene that causes the long bones in a cat’s legs to grow shorter.
A cat only needs one copy of this gene to inherit short legs and pass the trait to their kittens.
Sadly, if a Munchkin cat embryo receives one of these genes from each parent, it will not survive. That’s why you can never mate two Munchkin cats together.
The very first feral Munchkin cats were spotted in Great Britain, New England, and Russia in the 20th century.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that people started breeding these cats on purpose, calling them the “kangaroo cat” because their forelegs were shorter than their hind legs.
The American Munchkin cat ascends from a short-legged pregnant stray who was adopted by a music teacher in the early 1980s in Rayville, Louisiana.
When the cat birthed similar-looking kittens, the teacher gave one to her friend who let them roam around outside. Before long, her property was rampant with short-legged cats.
It wasn’t until 1994 that the Munchkin cat was officially introduced as a cat breed and accepted into TICA’s New Breed development program.
A lot of people were unhappy about it. One of TICA’s judges resigned from their position, referencing the breed as “an affront to any breeder with ethics.”
People continue to protest this breed, despite how cute they are, because it promotes physical deformities. For this reason, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) refuse to recognize the Munchkin as an official breed.
All controversy aside, Chata is one cute kitty who is clearly living his best life!