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The Smallest Cat in the World

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The Smallest Cat in the World

Lillieput is the smallest living cat in the world. She measures just 5.25 inches (13.34 cm) from the shoulder and took the top spot from little Fizz Girl in October 2014. Lillieput’s record has been unbroken since 2014.

Munchkin Cat Munchkin Cat (not Lilieput) - Photo: SV_zt/Shutterstock

The Record Holders of Recent Years

YearNameShoulder height
2014 Lilieput 13,34 cm
2011-2014 Fizz Girl 15 cm
2009-2011 Bitsy 16,5 cm

The Smallest Cat That Ever Lived

Lilieput and Fizz Girl are almost twice as big as the smallest cat that ever lived. This title still belongs to the male Himalayan Tinker Toy. He was just 2.7 inches (7 cm) tall (from the shoulder) and 7.4 inches (19 cm) long. He was born in 1990 and died at age six. Himalayan cats are Persians crossed with Siamese cats. That’s why they have such a cute “mask”. Will Tinker Toy’s record ever be broken?

Himalayan Blue Point Cat Himalayan Blue Point Cat (not Bitsy) - Photo: Evdoha_spb/Shutterstock

The Lightest Cat

Little Bitsy was the smallest cat in the world before Lilieput and Fizz Girl. She was 6.49 inches (16.5 cm) tall, so considerably bigger than the other two. But you couldn’t even use kilograms to weigh her. She was just 680g in weight. But Bitsy didn’t make it into the Guinness Book of World Records and it’s not clear why.

The Munchkin Cat Breed

Lillieput and Fizz Girl are munchkin cats. The most notable thing about this relatively new breed is their especially short legs. They almost look like wiener dogs or Pembroke Welsh Corgis. This breed is criticized by vets, as it’s not certain that the cats won’t suffer from spine and hip problems from running and jumping - just like Dachshunds.

Fight for the Title in the Guinness Book of World Records

You have to do quite a bit of work to get an official entry. You have to fill out a form with 28 pages. And that’s not all. You’d also need a vet, several witnesses, videos and images of the measuring.

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