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These Kittens Have Six Toes

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These Kittens Have Six Toes

Four kittens out of a litter of six have been born with 6 toes! Medically referred to as ‘polydactyl’ it is said to give the cats increased climbing abilities.

The cats were found abandoned and taken to the Cats Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre in July after being found at eight weeks old, along with their mother.

In all eight cats were rescued from the same family, six of them were kittens, and four of those kittens were polydactyl.

Cats normally have five digits on both front paws and only four on each rear paw, but the most of this group were born with six claws, with some even having seven per paw.

Alison Dickenson, 47, the Deputy Manager at the Cats Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre said, “When they came into the center nearly all the litter were polydactyl.”

“It was just a couple of digits off being a world record for being the litter with the most digits. I think there was something ridiculous like 180 claws in all, or something.”

“It must be the most ever found in the UK, at least.”

“They came in with their mother in July, but they have all been re-homed now.”

“Occasionally you will see a kitten with extra claws but to get the majority of the litter with additional digits was extraordinary.”

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Sue Dudley, 45, was happy to adopt two of the kittens, naming them Connie and Clyde.

Sue is full of praise for the kitties saying, “Clyde looks like The Fonz with those paws.”

“They’re definitely more pronounced and they stick out. They’re like boxing gloves” she added.

“Neither cat has been out yet but they’re definitely climbers and Clyde has a lot of balance on the curved bed board.”

“He splays his paw when I give him a treat, I go to give him a biscuit and he gives me a high five.”

“And he’ll run with a crinkly ball between his feet like a footballer, he’s a superb dribbler.”

“They were quite good on ships because they have got this extra toe to help them balance. I’ve researched this myself because I’d never heard of polydactyl cats.”

Cats with this trait are most commonly found in the US and Canada where they were used as ship’s cats.

In Europe they are not so popular and were historically destroyed over superstitions about witchcraft.

Polydactyl cats were once used to advertise Cravendale milk.

The commercial asked the question, ‘Why do cats stare when you’re pouring milk? It’s like they know it’s only a matter of time. Time – the only thing between them and opposable thumbs. Imagine that? Cats with thumbs. And what if they got together?’

The commercial has a feline gang snapping their fingers and another cat reading a book on military strategy.




These Kittens Have Six Toes

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