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Overview of Bambino Cats

Did you know that the Bambino cat (Italian for baby) is often mistaken for a monkey with their kitten-like small stature and hairless hyde? It's true! But there is some controversy surrounding these diminutive kitties: the combination of the short-leggedness of the Munchkin and the hairlessness of the Sphynx has the entire cat world divided. And although both genetic mutations occur naturally in cats, the Bambino is only recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA) but not the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) or American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA). The Bambino's iconic wrinkled skin can range from totally hairless (like petting suede) to coated (like petting a warm peach). Because they do not have a normal absorbent coat, oil is more likely to pool on their skin. This means that the Bambino cat can be more prone to developing skin infections and unlike typical kitties, they will need a weekly bath to keep them happy and healthy. Not much is known about possible inheritable conditions because the Bambino is still such a young breed (only recognized as an experimental new breed in 2005). However, it is safe to assume that the Bambino could be susceptible to some of the same health concerns affecting the Sphynx and the Munchkin (their parent breeds).

Personality of Bambino Cat

How can you not fall in love with a Bambino? Just saying their name is sure to put a smile on your face! Despite their shorter legs, the Bambino cat is surprisingly agile and can jump and play just as well as their long-legged counterparts. They are intelligent and fun-loving, so make sure to have lots of fun toys and perches to keep your Bambino happy. These unique kitties can get sunburnt, so they should avoid spending too much time in the sun and do best as indoor-only pets. Despite popular belief, the Bambino cat is not a hypoallergenic cat. Still, they do produce less dander than some kitties, so they would be a good choice for someone who wants a low-dander house pet. Extremely affectionate and social, get a Bambino if you want a cuddly lap cat who feels like suede and will keep you laughing all night!

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Bambino Cats

Skin Infections: Because the Bambino does not have a normal absorbent coat, their skin is much more oily than your typical household kitty. This means they can be more prone to developing skin problems like bacterial and yeast infections.

Recommendations for Skin Infections in Bambino Cats:

Fungal and Skin Infections Super Support - Helps your kitty fight bacterial and fungal (yeast) infections of the skin and support overall immune health (to help prevent future infections)

Joint Issues: The gene that is responsible for the Bambinos short legs may be linked to abnormal bone and joint formation so they may be prone to mobility issues and joint discomfort.

Recommendations for Joint Issues in Bambino Cats:

Heart Disease: The Bambino can have a hereditary predisposition to Pectus Excavatum - a condition where the breastbone caves in. In severe cases, the breastbone may compress the heart leading to cardiovascular disorders such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (the thickening of the heart).

Recommendations for Heart Disease in Bambino Cats:

  • Hearty Heart for cats - Helps support feline heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy and is beneficial for overall heart health
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