The Smallest Cat in the World

Lillieput is the smallest living cat in the world. She measures just 5.25 in (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.

(Valid: April 2019)

Record Holders:

from 2014: Lilieput
from 2011: Fizz Girl
from 2009: Bitsy

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

Munchkin Cats

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.

Former Record Holder Bitsy

Little Bitsy was the smallest cat in the world before Lilieput and Fizz Girl. She was 6.49 in (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.

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

Tinker Toy - 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 in (7 cm) tall (from the shoulder) and 7.4 in (19 cm) long. He was born in 1990 and died at age 6. 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?

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.