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9/7/06-Smith County

Kittens With Extra Toes

Some East Texans found abandoned kittens in their garage.  These three kittens have a total of 75 toes. 

"All the cats in his litter were born with multiple toes, it's a genetic mutation," says Dr. Paul Gainer, Veterinarian with Flint Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Gainer says most cats have a total of 18 toes, but these 3 that came into his office are walking on a few dozen extra.

"Normally on a the front feet 4 front toes and a claw. He has four front toes and two claws and that's called polydactylism.  Cats back feet usually have four toes but he has got one, two, three, four... about 6 toes back here," says Dr. Gainer.

Totaling 24 toes, that's 6 more than normal.   Another kitten, who really likes to talk, has 7 toes on one front foot and then 6 toes on his other feet... totaling 25 toes.

But not to be outdone, the third kitten has 7 toes on each of his front feet and then 6 toes on each of his back feet... totaling 26 toes.

"It is not common. Maybe 1 out 100 cats might be polydactyl," says Dr. Gainer.

Dr. Gainer says which could be considered lucky.  

"It is written that multiply toed cats are good luck for sailors back in the day when sailing ships crossed the ocean . And the sailors kept mouser for mice control and like the polydactyl cats," says Dr. Gainer.

"They are functional cats they climb, play and same personality they just have big feet," says Dr. Gainer.

Which means you might want to buy a wider scratch pad for these kittens.  

If you are interested in adopting one of these kittens you can call Dr. Paul Gainer at the Flint Veterinary Clinic.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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