Pixel is a 5-inch feline expected to take the title as the world’s smallest cat, or the world’s shortest cat. Right now, her mother, Fizz Girl, holds the current title as world’s smallest cat at 6-inches tall; she won that in 2012.
You can call these cuties “munchkin cats.” They have extremely short legs and are quite petite. Owner Tiffani Kjeldergaard declares the that Pixie has a huge heart, and she believes she’s set to become the world’s smallest cat. The Guinness Book of Records will measure her and judge for themselves if Pixel will replace her mom as the shortest cat in the world, NY Post reports.
Tiffani, from Potrero, California, says munchkin cats “win hearts over like crazy.” She says even those not “crazy” about cats like them:
“Even people that aren’t cat people go crazy for them. They say about how cute they are and how they want to take them straight home with them.”
Tiffani admits that every one of her kitties have been stepped on or kicked at least once in the house by accident. She says that all of the people living in the house are careful not to leave doors open or close the refrigerator door too fast in case one of them has their head sticking inside. The cat owner explains that “it’s just what happens in a house of munchkin cats.”
As The Mirror reports, Tiffani Kjeldergaard defends the breeding of munchkin cats. She claims people who don’t understand the gene consider it a genetic defect or mutation. This is the case in many instances of purebred animals. Certain characteristics exaggerated on certain breeds of cats and dogs draw criticism against breeders as being cruel.
Tiffani has this to say about those who feel munchkin cats are abnormal:
“It’s very unfair for them to say that. It’s natural for these cats to be this tall, just like it’s natural for some people to have brown eyes – it wouldn’t be wrong for them to have blue eyes.
“It’s their build and it’s natural for them to be built this way.”
Will Pixel win the title of world’s smallest cat? She appears to be the world’s shortest cat without question. 5-inches is tiny for a cat’s height.
The Inquisitr has written on other animals that hold Guinness Book of Records titles, such as the one about Colonel Meow as the world’s furriest cat.
[Image via Barcroft/The Mirror]