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Is tiny Heed the world's smallest cat?
Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2006 | ???

Posted on 08/09/2006 1:17:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Could this be the world's smallest cat? The Guinness Book of Records is waiting until this little Munchkin kitten is fully grown to decide if he is a record breaker.

But Heed is well on track. At 14 weeks old he is just 3 1/4 inches tall, and weighs just over 2lbs.

Current record holder, Mr Peebles from Illinois, stands at 6.1 inches tall, and weighs 3.1 lbs. At eight weeks old, Heed could hide behind a tin can and he is still shorter than a roll of toilet paper.

His owner, Tiffani Kjeldergaard, 40, of Potrero, San Diego, explained: "Munchkins are a breed that have the same mutant gene as little people. But they usually weigh 3-5 lbs and stand at around 6 inches.

"Heed was one of a litter of seven and was the only one with this gene. His mother is a Munchkin and his father is a normal sized cat.

"We called him Heed because he was born with a big head and a tiny body and it reminded us of a line in a Mike Myers film called So I Married an Axe Murderer where he shouts in a Scottish accent, 'Look at the size of his heed!'"

Tiffani and her husband Stefan, a computer programmer, planned to have the whole litter adopted, but delayed the rehoming when the kittens all had a tummy bug.

"Then I noticed that Heed was not growing" said Tiffani. "When the others recovered we decided to hold onto him, in case he was still sick. We thought we might lose him." But Heed was soon in good health.

"He eats all day long," Tiffani said. "He even has a pot belly." Tiffani, who breeds cats, birds and horses, and also has a pet llama, contacted the Guinness Book of Records.

"They have sent me the documentation, so fingers crossed.

"Heed is a great little cat. He loves to rub noses with me when he's nervous, but I take him out everywhere with me and he loves it. He'll definitely be staying with us. This guy is kind of cool."


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cats; wee

Thanks to Hazcat for finding this story!


1 posted on 08/09/2006 1:17:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

I want that cat he looks like my old Mr. Ed


2 posted on 08/09/2006 1:18:48 PM PDT by al baby
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...
Purrfect in every detail.


3 posted on 08/09/2006 1:18:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Looks delicious in a pan with a little butter and some garlic.


4 posted on 08/09/2006 1:25:45 PM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: Slings and Arrows

http://www.munchkins.com/Kittens_for_sale.html


5 posted on 08/09/2006 1:26:06 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Slings and Arrows
I hate cats, but I am in love with this little guy!


6 posted on 08/09/2006 1:27:18 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Their little arms and legs even have "dwarflike" bow and musclebuilder look


7 posted on 08/09/2006 1:28:35 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Slings and Arrows
AAAWWWWWW!

I am slain.

8 posted on 08/09/2006 1:41:17 PM PDT by Finger Monkey (H.R. 25, Fair Tax Act - A consumption tax which replaces the income tax, SS tax, death tax, etc.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I cannot bear the subject of Munchkins. I saw a number of them years ago at a TICA cat show. They caught on, of course. Plenty of people were willing to pay breeders a lot of money in order to own a "novelty cat." That phrase alone is disgusting to me.

I have never been in favor of breeding deformed animals. I never will be.

For the record, The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) -- which is our premiere cat association -- is diametrically opposed to the breeding of Munchkins. Good call on their part.


9 posted on 08/09/2006 1:49:39 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: Slings and Arrows

3 1/2 inches tall? We have rats bigger than that!


10 posted on 08/09/2006 1:53:54 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Slings and Arrows
Won't work out, in Florida! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
11 posted on 08/09/2006 1:55:47 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET, IN MY SWAMP)
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To: presidio9
I'll just take you raw.


12 posted on 08/09/2006 1:56:23 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Slings and Arrows

OMG HE IS SO CUTE!!! He looks a bit like my cat!


13 posted on 08/09/2006 2:12:34 PM PDT by lawgirl (She comes on like thunder and she's more right than rain)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh I'd love a wee little kitty like that!


14 posted on 08/09/2006 2:26:32 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Rightfootforward
I cannot bear the subject of Munchkins.

Well, that takes you off my Christmas list.


15 posted on 08/09/2006 2:26:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: lawgirl

I have two tuxedo kitties. My younger looks a lot like Heed, but without the serious expression.


16 posted on 08/09/2006 2:27:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heed is SO cute- he looks tough! I had three tuxedos but I lost two in my divorce so now I just have one. :)


17 posted on 08/09/2006 2:28:55 PM PDT by lawgirl (She comes on like thunder and she's more right than rain)
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To: Rightfootforward

Are they otherwise unhealthy? I've never heard of them as a breed or attempted breed, but "toy" dog breeds are good companions for the elderly.


18 posted on 08/09/2006 2:29:52 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: lawgirl

I'm sorry. Best cure is to go out and adopt another one.


19 posted on 08/09/2006 2:54:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
What a cutey.
20 posted on 08/09/2006 4:00:19 PM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: Mamzelle

"Are they otherwise unhealthy?"

Good question. I know they had health problems when the so-called breed was created. Honestly don't know their current status. Certainly hope they're more stable today.

I don't breed or show cats but I have a couple of very good friends who've been in "the fancy" for many years. They're highly legit, don't run kitten mills, and truly love the respective breeds they work with. I also know how hard they work to improve the health, strength and temperament of the cats they breed. So as you may imagine, I had a terrible time watching the carnival sales atmosphere at the TICA show I attended. Poor little Munchkins are breed on a fault. That's never a good idea.


21 posted on 08/09/2006 5:17:58 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: Slings and Arrows

"Well, that takes you off my Christmas list."

Darnit, darnit, darnit! Hope you realize you've ruined my evening. I'm absolutely bereft.


22 posted on 08/09/2006 5:22:25 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: Rightfootforward

I like the rag dolls, which were first bred for companionship.


23 posted on 08/09/2006 7:26:07 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

"I like the rag dolls, which were first bred for companionship."

There you go. They're a very nice breed. I'm a purebred Siamese person but I always stop and visit the Rag Dolls when I see them at shows. Nice choice!


24 posted on 08/09/2006 8:09:25 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: Rightfootforward

Well, in that case, you're back on the short list.


25 posted on 08/09/2006 9:32:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hooray and thanks!


26 posted on 08/09/2006 11:24:22 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: Slings and Arrows

I really don't like the practice of breeding these munchin cats.


27 posted on 08/10/2006 7:06:48 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert
I really don't like the practice of breeding these munchin cats

Did someone say munchin cats?????

28 posted on 08/10/2006 7:55:47 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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