Genetta Cats

Genetta Cat History

Genetta cats are a relatively new breed of domestic cat. They are the result of cross-breeding two specific breeds of domestic cats...The Bengal cat, and the Munchkin cat, with the dominant short-legged gene.

Although the Genetta Cat resembles a wild Genet in appearance, no Genets were used to create this breed. It is such a new breed that The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association have not yet recognized the Genetta as breed. However, the Genetta Cat is listed as an experimental breed by The International Cat Association (TICA). Genettas is also registered by Rare and Exotic Feline Registry (REFR) and The Dwarf Cat Association (TDCA).

Genetta Cat Care Facts

The Genetta cat is quite on a low-maintenance side and is considered a low shedding cat due to its pelt-like and smooth coat.

  • The Genetta will become your second shadow and normally follow you from room to room
  • Because they thrive on attention and interaction they can be prone to seperation anxiety
  • They are prone to cataract development
  • They are also prone to a condition called 'Entropion' where the eyelids become inverted or rolled inwards

Genetta Health Issues

It is always safe to assume the Genetta could be prone to developing some of the same issues seen in the Bengal and the Munchkin since that is where it came from...

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Lordotic spinal curvature
  • Pectus Excavatum of the breastbone.
Genetta Cat Overview

Genetta Characteristics

  • Affection Level High
  • Friendliness High
  • Kid-Friendly High
  • Pet-Friendly High
  • Exercise Needs Medium
  • Playfulness High
  • Energy Level Medium
  • Intelligence High
  • Tendency to Vocalize High
  • Amount of Shedding Low

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