The Napoleon cat – and why you need one
The cool name aside, the Napoleon cat is a cute, cuddly addition to any family.
The Napoleon Cat, also known as the ‘Minuet Cat’, was developed by crossing the Munchkins with a Persian cat. With their dwarf looks they can be called the feline counterpart of the Pekingese, the Corgis, or the Terrier dogs. Napoleon cats have a round face, with big eyes and small erect ears. Napoleon cats have a furry coat, a fluffy tail, and short legs, for which they are famous. Napoleon cats are known for their modest demeanour, and can be a constant source of joy, surprise, and laughter to their families.
A brief history of the Napoleon cat
There is some debate about whether the Napoleon cat is a unique breed. Major papers such as the Wall Street Journal have run articles debating whether these short legged furries are truly separate. Critics argue that this breed is not clearly distinguishable from other similar long-legged crosses. They also cite that the Napoleon cat is similar to mixes commonly found in animal shelters. He decided to create a new breed that would have unique features in both its long- and short-legged versions, and at the same time, will resemble purebreds.
As an outcross, Smith chose the Persian group of felines to the Munchkin cat because the former has both an exotic look, as well as good boning. It was these traits that were considered while writing the standard of the latter-day Napoleon cats that showed the unique traits of hairiness combined with short legs.
Without getting too confused, bare in mind that the name ‘Napoleon’ was changed to ‘Minuet’ by an American cat association. This however is not unanimous and like cats, these different associations often bicker and disagree. Let’s stick to the Napoleon cat title for now.
Temperament and personality of the Napoleon cat
The friendly Napoleon likes playing with children and other cats and dogs. On the rare occasion when he’s not in motion, expect to see him sitting up on his hind legs to get a peek at something interesting. He’s not a “leap tall buildings in a single bound” kind of cat. But he is definitely capable of making his way to high places if he so chooses. It just takes him a little longer.
The Napoleon is highly intelligent. Challenge his brain by teaching him tricks and providing him with puzzle toys that will reward him with kibble or treats when he learns to manipulate them. Always choose a kitten from a breeder who raises litters in her home and handles them from an early age. Meet at least one and ideally both of the parents to ensure that they have nice temperaments
Like Persian cats, Napoleon cats have a good nature, and a sweet, docile temperament. They are human-oriented, and with their love for their families and fondness to get petted and snuggled, they make perfect family pets.
Napoleon cats are extremely intelligent, and can easily understand the needs of their family members, and can adapt themselves accordingly in the household. They are neither demanding, nor attention-seeking, and (hence) not very vocal. It will never disturb its master, if he is busy.
The Napoleons are quite inquisitive, and would greet their family members at the door, and follow them around the house. They are cats devoid of aggressiveness, and hence, are complete safe for other pets and children. With all its loyalty, it will stay devoted to its master throughout its life.
Grooming and health concerns
Napoleons come in both long-haired and short-haired varieties, and the latter, naturally, needs a bit more care. Napoleons shed less, but brush its coat once or twice a week to avoid matting. Keep an eye so that its nails do not overgrow. You can trim them once a month. Overall the Napoleon cats have few health issues. This is true especially compared to other breeds. They are good for breeding and to improve genetic lines of other cats. It’s not surprise that many breeds have been badly damaged by inbreeding and poor practices.
Still, it is worth baring in mind some of the health issues that have been documented. The Napoleon kittens, however, are vulnerable to lordosis, a rare spinal condition in which the spinal muscles grow short, allowing the spine to sink down into the body. Lordosis may be mild or severe, and if it’s bad enough, the kitten won’t live past three months of age. Many breeders feel that lordosis is a genetic disorder, but it’s not specific to the Napoleon cat; many other breeds of cat suffer from lordosis.
Some key Interesting facts
Napoleons can jump, but not the same like other cats. As a new breed, these cats enter the show halls under the “preliminary new breed status. Some as magisterial as the title Napoleon would expect. This short-legged feline has a strikingly cute and innocent facial expression that is referred to as baby doll face. Napoleons inherited their short legs from Munchkins. Even though this cat has short legs, they don’t hinder it from jumping and being completely active. From the Persian breed the Napoleons inherited their round face, dense coat and eyes as well as substantial boning. After mentioning all these details of how the Napoleon cat breed was created, it is also important to note that they are not short legged Persian cats neither they are hairy Munchkin cats.
They are a unique combination of both groups, therefore they are quite distinguishable from other cat breeds. Napoleon cats don’t have many health issues. When it comes to their hygiene, moderate grooming is recommended. For shorthaired Napoleon cats it is necessary to brush them once per week and longhaired Napoleon cats should be brushed at least twice per week.
Overall, Napoleon cats are an amazing addition for any family. With little health concerns and high intelligence, they are fun to be around and always a pleasure for families.