29 Jan '17, 4am

via @Femail

They are the ultimate in designer pets – cute, cuddly cats with legs so short that they have been dubbed the dachshunds of the feline world. Known as Munchkin cats, they have become a sought-after pet, with demand fuelled by online videos of their antics, and by high-profile owners such as Paris Hilton, who named hers Shorty. But their distinctive appearance is down to a defective gene which means they cannot run or jump properly, and which can lead to other serious health problems. Vets say that to breed cats with such a physical deformity is cruel and have urged animal-lovers not to add to the growing trade. Known as Munchkin cats, they have become a sought-after pet, with demand fuelled by online videos of their antics, and by high-profile owners. Pictured: A Siamese Munchkin cat Their distinctive appearance is down to a defective gene which means they cannot run or jum...

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