Munchkins! A Breed Apart

The Munchkin is a small breed of cat famed for it’s low slung body and diminutive legs, something like a feline version of the Dachshund. There was some controversy in naming them as a breed in the first place due to the fact that short legged cats have been reported in the past and with examples from different breeds. But Sandra Hochenedel from Louisiana carefully documented her discover and breeding of one example with a non short legged breed and similarly compact cats began appearing as strays around the location. The trait, it was decided by Dr. Solveig Pflueger, a show judge, was a dominant trait, and the proposal for a new breed of cat was born, and, although it was and still is controversial, in 1995 it was recognised by The International Cat Association (TICA) in Madison Square Garden.

These cats are a sweet tempered breed whose undersized legs does not seem to interfere with its ability to run, play and jump. Their all weather coat can be short or long and with a myriad of tones and colors. Lilieput, a Munchkin from California, was named by The Guinness Book of Records as the shortest cat in the world in 2014 at a height of 5.25 inches. Easily the most fun sized cat in existence.

You love your silver jewelry – it looks stunning and is long-lasting. So you wouldn’t want your precious sterling silver ankle bracelets to tarnish once they come in contact with humidity. And what usually happens after that is, the tarnish builds up and turns black, ruining the look of your jewelry.

Luckily, there are many ways to restoring your silver jewelry to its former gleaming glory quickly.

Here’s how:

What You Need:

A bowl or jar that can hold your silver jewellery
Aluminium foil, the size of the base of the bowl or jar
A soft cloth


1. Fill the utensil of your preference – bowl or jar – with water.
2. Add a few tbsp of salt to it and mix well.
3. Either cover the base of your utensil with aluminium foil, or cut it into strips and drop them in it.
4. Add your silver jewelry to it.
5. Shake or swish the jewelry for a few minutes.
6. Leave it in the water for about 7-10 minutes.
7. Finally remove it and rinse with running water.

The foil acts as a magnet when combined with the salty water and gets rid of the black tarnish. If it doesn’t remove it in one go, repeat till your sterling silver jewelry looks as radiant as new.