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Meows to all the kitties out there – it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post! I was just checking out some cat stories in the news and I came across something pretty amazing. Two kittens were taken into the Gosport Town branch of Cats Protection with 18 extra toes! That’s a lot of spare kitty toes…
Sadly the kittens were in a pretty poor condition when they were taken to Cats Protection, but they already have a new home to go to, so at least it’s a happy ending. I expect their unusual toes must have caught the attention of many potential adopters!
Ned and Fred are gorgeous black and white kitties (like me). Ned’s got eight extra toes while Fred’s got ten! It’s not unusual for cats to be born with extra toes, but that many? That’s mighty unusual. Apparently cats with extra toes are called polydactyl – sounds a bit Jurassic to me!
Polydactyl cats are perfectly healthy. There’s nothing wrong with cats having a few extra toes. I’m wondering if it helps them climb trees better. That would be brilliant! If I was a polydactyl cat they’d call me Super Paws!
The only problem that polydactyl cats might face is if their claws grow too long, depending on which way the extra toes face. If the extra toes face inwards towards the other toes then in-growing nails could be a problem. But this can easily be resolved with diligent claw clipping.
No one really knows why polydactyl cats are born, but kittens tend to inherit extra toes from polydactyl parents, so it looks like they’re here to stay!
Is your cat a polydactyl cat?
Why not tell us about him or her and let us know how many extra toes they have. Let’s find the polydactyl cat with the most toes!