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Minskin Cat Breed Info: Pictures, Facts & Traits

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Minskin Cat Breed Info: Pictures, Facts & Traits

Breed Overview

Height:

5–7 inches

Weight:

6–9 pounds

Lifespan:

12–15 years

Colors:

Hairless, tabby, tortoiseshell, white

Suitable for:

Indoor-only homes

Temperament:

Playful, sociable, loving, outgoing, intelligent

Hairless cats are rapidly increasing in popularity, thanks to social media influence, their unusual appearance, and their prominent personalities. The Minskin isn’t your average hairless cat because of their short legs and elongated bodies. They also aren’t entirely hairless and have furry points on the ears, mask, tail, and legs.

The Minskin is still a rare and developing breed, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the potential to become a very popular feline. They have great personalities and are very outgoing and loving cats. They are not known to be particularly destructive but are active, agile felines. Keep reading for more info about the Minskin!

Minskin Characteristics

Energy
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A high-energy cat needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep healthy and happy, while a low-energy cat needs minimal physical activity, but still needs mental stimulation. When choosing a cat, It’s important to ensure their energy levels match your lifestyle.
Trainability
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Cats that are easy-to-train are more willing and skilled at quickly learning prompts and actions with minimal training. Harder-to-train cats are usually more stubborn or aloof and require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Certain cat breeds are more prone to various genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every cat in those breeds will have these issues, but they do have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Lifespan
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Due to their size or potential genetic health issues of a specific breed, some cats have shorter lifespans than others. Proper nutrition, exercise, mental stimulation, and hygiene also play an important role in your cat’s lifespan and quality of life.
Sociability
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Some cat breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other cats and animals. Cats that are more social have a tendency to rub up on strangers for scratches or jump on laps for cuddles, while cats that are less social shy away, hide, are more cautious, and even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed or gender, it’s important to socialize your cat and expose them to many different situations.

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Minskin Kittens

 

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3 Little-Known Facts About The Minskin

1. The Breed Is Still in Development.

The Minskin’s development began in 1998 when Paul McSorley began crossbreeding Munchkins and Sphynx cats, with some Burmese and Devon Rex cats added into the breeding program. In 2000, the first cat to meet McSorley’s vision of the breed standard was born.

In 2008, the Minskin was added to TICA’s list of breeds in development. As the breed continues to develop, it has the potential to become a standard breed through TICA.


2. There Are Not Very Many Minskins in the World.

As of 2005, there were only 50 cats that met the Minskin breed standard in the world. The current number of Minskins in the world is not listed, but the breed is still listed as a breed in development by TICA.


3. They Are Distinctive in Appearance and Personality.

Obviously, with their short legs and thick bodies, Minskins are very distinctive in their appearance. The breed standard calls for them to have a “sweet expression,” which also speaks to their distinctive personality. The Minskin is known for their gentle but playful nature and love of people and animals.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Minskin

Are These Cats Good for Families?

Minskins are fantastic cats for many families. They are known for their sociability and love of children. However, children must be gentle with these cats due to their small size. Since Minskins are playful but gentle, they can be great companions for families with children of about any age. They also tend to be relatively accepting of strangers and can be good cats for homes with frequent visitors.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes, the Minskin is a great companion for other pets. They are tolerant of and playful with dogs and cats, making them great pets in homes with other animals. No matter how social and curious your Minskin is, slow introductions to other pets are essential to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable with new additions to the home.

Use caution with Minskins and small animals, like rodents and reptiles. Although they are small, their playfulness and hunting instincts can lead to dangerous situations with small animals.

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Things to Know When Owning a Minskin:

Food & Diet Requirements

While the Minskin doesn’t have special dietary requirements, they are prone to obesity, so it’s important to manage how much your cat is fed every day. They may not be good candidates for free feeding due to their low-calorie needs and tendency to overeat for their size.

A high-protein, high-quality food fed in measured portions is necessary for most Minskin cats, and your vet can help you select a quality brand. Good quality cat food doesn’t have to break the bank, and your vet can help you weed through the options.

Exercise

Keeping your Minskin cat active will help maintain their health and prevent obesity. They are agile, active cats that enjoy playing, so keeping your Minskin active with toys and games in the home shouldn’t be a challenge. Set aside at least 30 minutes daily to spend one-on-one time with your cat to bond and encourage more active play.

Although they are not built for speed and cannot jump very high, Minskins enjoy activities like cat agility courses. Many can be leash-trained and enjoy spending time outdoors on a leash. They should not be allowed outdoors unattended since they’re vulnerable to sunburn and sensitive to extreme temperatures.

Training

Consistency is the key to training your Minskin and ensuring your cat is happy and safe. If everyone in the household consistently trains, you will have the best chance of your cat getting trained. Minskins are intelligent, enjoy being around people, and can be quite adventurous, so training shouldn’t be too challenging as long as the training is consistent.

They can be motivated by treats, which can be great for positive reinforcement training exercises. Remember to account for the calories your Minskin is consuming in treats to ensure you are not unintentionally overfeeding.

Grooming ✂️

Although the Minskin may not require much brushing, they need routine baths as a Sphynx cat would. Baths remove loose skin cells and keep their pores from becoming clogged with their natural oil.

Brushing can also be beneficial, but a soft brush that will not irritate the skin is necessary. A brush you use on a cat with a normal coat can damage the Minskin’s skin.

Health and Conditions

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Skin irritation and infections
  • Ear infections
  • Sunburn
  • Cold intolerance
Serious Conditions
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Skin cancer
  • Lordosis
  • Spine and joint deformities

Male vs Female

Overall, there are few differences between the males and females. Females may be slightly more independent and standoffish than males, while males may be more clingy and outgoing. However, since the breed is social and friendly, the differences between males and females are likely to be subtle.

If your Minskin is not fixed, you may see some hormonal behaviors, like territorial behaviors in males and breeding behavior in females. Some undesirable behaviors may become permanent if you wait too long to spay or neuter your Minskin, so talk to your veterinarian about an appropriate time to fix your kitty.

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Final Thoughts

The Minskin is a lovely cat that has the potential to grow exponentially in popularity once the breed is fully developed. These cats are generally relatively healthy, although it is too early in the breed’s development to know which genetic issues they face. They have lovely personalities and are a joy to spend time with.

Minskins will seek out the attention and affection of their family, and they are likely to happily bond with all household members, including children and other pets. Their sweet nature makes them suitable for homes with children of all ages, but children should be taught to handle the petite cats gently.

Since they are intelligent, they are a trainable breed, and some Minskins enjoy activities like feline agility coursing or a simple walk around the neighborhood on a leash. They should not be allowed outdoors unattended due to their poor tolerance for cold temperatures, the potential for sunburn, and small stature that may leave them susceptible to attacks and bullying from predators and other cats.


Featured Photo Credit: Jaroslaw Kurek, Shutterstock

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