You may be puzzeled when you hear the words tea cup cats and inquire what it means when others are talking about it. Tea cup cats are quite different from miniature cats about which you may be aware of.
Teacup Persian cats are miniature cats but they vary with regards to some very specific characteristics. A normal female cat weighs somewhere between eleven to fourteen pounds and a male cat can go up to seventeen.
On the contrary a teacup Persian cat starts weighing in at the meager three pound mark and stays below eight at the maximum. If you have these weight markings in mind then you will instantly be able to gauge whether the cat being offered in the market is an actual teacup Persian cat.
When you are looking for a tea cup cat you should be aware of the qualities of a tea cup cat otherwise you may be cheated by some cat breeder of doubtful quality. Any seller who would want to trick you will offer a cat which is less than ten pounds in weight as a tea cup cat but this cat is a Persian cat of common variety. Those Persian cats which weigh ten pounds or less do not necessarily become a tea cup Persian.
Many people find the teacup Persian cat variety to be very charming. As it is Persian cats are considered to be extremely cute and cuddly making them an excellent choice for a home pet.
The tea cup cats can be very demanding as far as love and care is concerned due to their small size and delicate nature. And the cat owners are more than ready to shower their attention on them.
One often wonders that where the tea cup variety comes from. Actually the cats are not normally produced but is bred by a procedure called inbreeding. In this the breeders mate two types of cats from different breeds which are smallest in size. This process goes on for a couple of times till the right cat size of the cat and weight is acquired.
The complete process of reducing the size has a relation to the Japanese art of dwarfism of a tree. A similar process is practiced to dwarf the cats size. When we take the case of tea cup Persian cats however there are two methods involved in the procedure of dwarfism.
There is one process which is known as achondroplasia. According to this procedure the leading gene grows while mutating. This mutation has a direct effect on the cats body. The balance thus produced controls bone growth resulting in smaller bone structure. You will find number of tea cup cats of various breeds out of which Persian cats are by far the most popular.