If you’re looking for an unusual cat and you can’t decide between an unusual coat or an unusual body, you may find the Skookum to be the best of both worlds. This diminutive cat is the result of a cross between the short-legged Munchkin and the curly-coated LaPerm. Their unique curls and ringlets are easy to care for, and they’re low shedding.
The fun-loving, family friendly Skookum is sure to win your heart, but you may have some difficulty finding one, though they’ve made it to several continents including Australia and New Zealand. Developed in the 1990’s, this breed has yet to receive official recognition from any of the main breed registries, though TICA allows them to be registered as an “experimental variety”.
Appearance / health:
The Skookum is a small to medium sized cat with very short legs. They are somewhat stocky with medium boning, a rounded chest, thick neck, and good musculature. The upper and lower forelegs are approximately even in length, as are the thighs and lower hind legs. The feet are rounded and compact.
The head is a broad, modified wedge, rounded at the contours and with high cheekbones. The muzzle is medium, and the nose is medium-long with a slight stop between the eyes. The Skookum’s ears are medium to large with a wide base, and set high on the head. The eyes are large and expressive, with a walnut shape. The Skookum’s tail may be somewhat shorter than average, and in the longhaired variety will be bushy and curled.
While the Skookum inherits its body type from the Munchkin, the Skookum’s coat resembles that of the LaPerm. The coat may be long or short, but has ringlets, curls, and waves. The fur has a very soft and light texture and somewhat stands away from the body. The longhaired coat has a fine texture that’s easy to run your hands through. The shorthaired Skookum has a coat which lies closer to the body, but still has a springy feel. The Skookum’s whiskers and eyebrows may also be curled. The coat may come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including colorpoints, tabbies, bicolors, and spotted.
A lot of controversy has existed around the Skookum and its parent breed, the Munchkin because of concern about the potential health issues such a mutation might cause, as evidenced in dog breeds with similar features. Cats have a far more flexible and mobile spine, however, and thus far there has been no evidence that Munchkin cats suffer from an increased incidence of spinal or other skeletal issues.
Behavior / temperament:
The Skookum is a sweet and affectionate cat with an enthusiastically playful personality. Despite their short legs, they are a confident, athletic, and surprisingly agile cat. Their shortened legs do nothing to hamper their adventurous and curious nature, and you may find they have an affinity for finding their way into places you’d rather they not be.
Social and good-natured, the Skookum may enjoy a household with children eager to play, and they tend to get along well with other pets in the household. Though they’re an active breed, they enjoy being handled and enjoy having a lap to cuddle in at the end of their busy day.
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 115 days ago