Minskin Cats

Outgoing and playful, this feline sweetie loves people and enjoys being handled. Expect it to love being in a lap. Like any other cat, the Minskin is active and enjoys high places. It might be vertically challenged when it comes to height, but it can still climb with the best of them. The Minskin is everyone’s friend and gets along well with dogs, other cats and children. This cat carries its share of the feline hunting gene and likes toys it can chase, especially if feathers are involved. One of the best things about the Minskin is that it’s warm to the touch, making it a pleasure to cuddle with on a cold night.


Minskin Pictures

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Quick Facts

  • about 4 pounds

Ideal Human Companions

    • People who want a lap cat
    • People with cold or arthritic hands.
    • Senior citizens
    • Families with school-age children
    • Families with dogs or other cats

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Trademark Traits

    • Short legs
    • Sparse coat and hairless belly
    • Kitten-like appearance even in adulthood
    • Sweet and people-oriented

Things You Should Know

The Minskin is generally healthy.

The Minskin’s minimal coat is nonshedding and easy to groom. Regular bathing with mild shampoo is necessary to keep the skin supple and healthy.

The Minskin is a rare breed and may be difficult to find.

Minskin History

The Minskin is only a decade old. It began to be developed in Boston in 1998 by breeder Paul McSorley, who achieved the look and personality he wanted by crossing the Sphynx and the Munchkin. By 2000, he had produced the first standard Minskin, and by 2005 more than 50 were in existence, as well as variants that had long legs and full coats. The breed is seeking recognition from The International Cat Association (TICA).

The Look of a Minskin

Sitting atop short legs, the Minskin is named for its miniature size and soft-as-cashmere sparsely coated skin, highlighted by short, soft fur “points” on the extremities: face, ears, legs and tail. The cat can be found in all colors and patterns, including solids, tortoiseshells, tabby patterns, and colors with white. Colorpoints are popular.

The Minskin’s body is described as semi-cobby, being noticeably stocky and small. The cat has a rounded head with large round eyes and a sweet expression. Minskins retain a kittenlike appearance into adulthood.

Talk About Minskins 

A lap cat that feels like a heating pad

As we were on our way to the breeder I didn't know to expect -- I couldn't find a picture of one. The breeder labeled her as a munchkin that was hairless -- sort of.

When we saw Cleo, it was love at first sight. She had the sweetest disposition and wanted to be held by everyone in our family, as though she was checking us out also. She has been with us since 5/23/2011 and everyone in the family adores her. When we return home we still race to see who gets to be with her first. Family and friends want to take her home.

Cleo is no ordinary kitten -- I've had cats my entire life, but none of them were ever like her. She is adorable, lovable, and fun to be with. She is perfect just the way she is, and I now actually understand why people spend a ton of money for them b/c they are wonderful companions. I just wish that I could find a male and breed so that other people could experience having the perfect kitty.

She is your endless lap cat, all warm to hold like a heating pad. She's an acrobat who figures her way to manipulate her little body to get to the highest points by using a combo of different furniture pieces, and loves to be with you all of the time.

And finally just as important, she loves to be with our two other kittens. She made friends with them on the first day, and they play, eat, sleep, and watch the birds together all day long. She actually loves to greet people at the door as if they are her friends coming over to see her. She is a one-of-a-kind kitty, and if you are ever looking for that special kitten to bring joy to your life the Minskin is the way to go.

~Christine S, owner of a Minskin