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What are the care guidelines for Munchkin kittens?

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Munchkin cats are a relatively new breed and not much is currently known about long-term health risks; their only noted issue is the lack of flexibility to groom themselves properly. They require assistance in the form of regular brushing and bathing. Because short-legged cats are at higher risk for developing abnormal leg joints and deformities, and pedigree breeds risk inherited disorders, always obtain a written health guarantee from breeders.

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What are the care guidelines for Munchkin kittens?
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Kittens can eat up to twice what adult cats do. When aged 6 to 12 weeks, they need four small meals per day. From 3 to 6 months, meals can be reduced to three times per day. It is much safer to keep cats indoors where they can be kept free of ticks, fleas and other parasites. Maintain a large litter box that is emptied at least once a day. Provide a stable scratching post to teach kittens to avoid scratching furniture.

Kittens receive vaccinations at 2 months, 3 months, 4 months and then annually. Known as "Three in One," this vaccine protects against distemper, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis.

Kittens can be taught to work off excess energy through play. Avoid using hands or fingers to prevent future aggression issues from developing. Munchkin cats love puzzles and can be taught tricks.

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