Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mini-Heed II, the fan club + Pizzo

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A local woman who believes she has the smallest cat in the world made a visit to Hillcrest after getting a letter from a senior citizen who is a fan. The woman had asked for a photo of the cat but instead got a surprise visit. "He wanted to say hello," the kitten's owner, Tiffani Kjeldergaard, told the woman.

The kitten's names is Heed, and Kjeldergaard said the 4-month-old is only 3.2 inches tall. This fall, when he is a bit older, Heed is going to be measured for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Heed also has a younger sister, Pizzo, both of whom are munchkin cats. The siblings are bred for their diminutive size, but the breed is controversial. The Humane Society argues that the animals are often inbred and frequently can have health problems. The cats have also have shorter life spans. Heed's owner told NBC 7/39 that she disagreed about the inbreeding, saying that you don't need two munchkins to breed a munchkin. In fact, she said, Heed's father is a normal cat.



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