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Paws for thought: Meet Fred and Ned, the cats with an astonishing 54 TOES ...
DailMail ^ | January 9, 2012 | Claire Bates

Posted on 01/09/2012 2:18:12 PM PST by aldabra

You'll need to be careful when playing with these black and white kittens - because they have an extra 18 toes (and claws) between them.

Fred and Ned are known as polydactyl cats. While most felines have 18 toes, Fred has an extra 10 digits and Ned has eight.

The four-month-old pair are currently being looked after by Cats Protection in Gosport, Hampshire.

Branch volunteer Kate Stapleford said: 'These two kittens were in poor condition when they arrived but with veterinary attention and a lot of TLC from their fosterer, Fred and Ned are now thriving. ...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cat; kitteh; kitten; kitty; kittyping; polydactyl; polydactylism
Super-sized paws: Fred (left) and Ned (right)




1 posted on 01/09/2012 2:18:23 PM PST by aldabra
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty Ping


2 posted on 01/09/2012 2:20:02 PM PST by aldabra
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To: aldabra

I once had a cat that had all kinds of extra toes. Great cat! Her name was “Tootsie”.


3 posted on 01/09/2012 2:29:17 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: aldabra

Just wait till cats start using their thumbs.....


4 posted on 01/09/2012 2:35:34 PM PST by GraceG
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5 posted on 01/09/2012 2:39:23 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: aldabra; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

6 posted on 01/09/2012 2:47:30 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: GraceG

I have been told that some polydactyl kitties use their extra toes somewhat like an opposable thumb.


7 posted on 01/09/2012 2:50:46 PM PST by aldabra
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To: aldabra

Beautiful pair...


8 posted on 01/09/2012 2:52:54 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: GraceG
Just wait till cats start using their thumbs.....

I've long been convinced that my cat would kill me if she could, but is merely unable.

Thumbs would probably help her finally get the job done.

9 posted on 01/09/2012 2:53:30 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: aldabra
My wife has fits clipping the claws of our two monsters.

She would not welcome the joy of working through all those extra ones.........

10 posted on 01/09/2012 2:58:08 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Slings and Arrows

I lost my old friend Goosecat Saturday morning. He was getting really frail, not eating or drinking, and I was feeding him with an eyedropper when he had a massive heart attack in my arms. I was thankful he did not die alone, but I miss that old guy so much. I lost his lifetime buddy, Grookedtail last thanksgiving. I guess it’s time for us oldtimers to move along ...


11 posted on 01/09/2012 3:47:27 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m so sorry for your loss.


12 posted on 01/09/2012 3:50:44 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: MHGinTN
My sympathies on the loss of your kitty.....it hurts like hell. Being with you at the end would be better for both of you.

God Bless.....

13 posted on 01/09/2012 3:55:58 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: aldabra

Cute kitties....they just KNOW they are special.


14 posted on 01/09/2012 4:06:27 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: MHGinTN

Losing your precious kitty is an awful thing. A few days after Christmas, my 8 year old inside cat got out when the painter left the door open. We didn’t know she was gone for hours. Nobody has seen her since. She has never been outside the house and we have looked all over the neighborhood with no luck. I keep hoping she can find her way back.


15 posted on 01/09/2012 4:17:41 PM PST by jch10
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To: aldabra
Oh oh, Tuxedo cats with thumbs? I've had a couple of Tuxedo cats and they were all extremely smart, now with thumbs, we still get to serve them while they plot and with thumbs, they'll be able to open anything. We had one that made us change all of the latch type door knobs in the house because he could open all of them.

Beautiful kittehs though.


16 posted on 01/09/2012 4:20:10 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: aldabra

It would take forever to trim them.


17 posted on 01/09/2012 4:20:24 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m very sorry for your loss.


18 posted on 01/09/2012 4:21:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m so very sorry.


19 posted on 01/09/2012 4:25:32 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: MHGinTN
I am sorry for your loss.

I lost my darling Miss Peach after 16 years on April 30 of this year. I looked for a special kitten because I knew my other tuxedo would not take an older one.

I deliver pizza at night to the Amish. There was this one place that had one tiny kitten, black and white, so dirty, so thin. I did not take her because I thought she was too far gone. They ordered pizza again two weeks later. I cringed. Would that kitten still be there. They said they wanted to get rid of it as they had too many and the other two had been stepped on by horses and died. The fourth one, an orange Manx tom was huge and well fed.

There she was staring at the house and not me. I didn't understand it. So when she saw me she ran up to the door of the house with me. I asked if she was still available. Well yes, but I didn't think I could take her on the pizza run.

I asked if I could come and get her the next day, but they said they were going to be gone.......

..... so I just stuffed her in my coat and hopped back in the car. I took her because she was still with us and she had not grown one bit in those two weeks. She is a poly-dactyl kitten with a white moustache. I'll try to get a picture of her. First trip to the vet she weighed one pound and two ounces.

Second trip to the vet she weighs 4 1/2 pounds. I never thought a kitten could be so much fun.

She is partially deaf due to ear mites. Vet seems to think we are down to only bacteria and yeast now. But she is putting on muscle and playing every day and responding to my voice.

She is Mittens and has two extra toes and claws on the front only. When she washes her face she runs the risk of scratching her eye. I have medicine for that too.

BA

20 posted on 01/09/2012 4:38:36 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: MHGinTN

That’s an extremely tough one, losing them one after the other like that. You’re in my prayers.


21 posted on 01/09/2012 4:41:01 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your kitteh(s). I’m glad to hear you were there for the little guy. I miss all our animals that have been in my and my wife’s life, they add something that is missed terribly when they’re gone.

Are you considering getting another one or two? I know it hasn’t been a long time but in my experience, for some reason, another one comes into our life, it’s really cool how it happens and it’s happened at least four times, three kittehs and one dog.

I had a Persian forever, fourteen years, and I still miss her and she’s been gone for a long time. We got her a companion Persian from Persian cat rescue and she’s gone as well.

Seems like yesterday I was in high school and now I’m almost past middle age. I look at my Tabby that I got after he was abandoned on practically my front porch right after his eyes had opened. It was right before 9/11. I look at him and it’s hard to believe he’s ten. We’re all getting older and time seems to speed up the older we are!


22 posted on 01/09/2012 4:57:33 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
I've long been convinced that my cat would kill me if she could, but is merely unable.

Funny. I think that when they're licking us they're either tasting or tenderizing us...

23 posted on 01/09/2012 5:00:12 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Battle Axe

That’s a great story. You can tell a good person by the way they treat animals.


24 posted on 01/09/2012 5:02:35 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

HA! Yup. Stuffy looks at us sometimes like she’s thinking, “Ooooh! If I were only 10 times larger than I am (130 lbs.) you’d be history!”

Such gratitude!


25 posted on 01/09/2012 5:38:36 PM PST by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: Lx; All
Thank you for the sentiments. May I offer an warning regarding cat litter?...

Old Goosecat had lots of allergies. He was sixteen, almost seventeen. Crookedtail was nineteen when he died last Thanksgiving. Crook, he died of kidney failure, unknown reasons. But Goosecat was doing okay until I changed the cat litter to a multi-cat brand that clumped, but made lots of dust. I have had the cat box in a plastic storage bin for a few years, with a lid ... big forty gallon job, becuse both cats were big guys. I cut a hole in one end which they used as the netrance/exit. Goose started caughing and throwing up not long after I changed to the new multi-cat litter. I didn't make the connection until a couple of weeks had passed. I removed the lid so the box was open from the top, but Goosecat still threw up and gaged shortly after using the box. I finally made the connection and changed to the low dust and added baking soda, but it was too late, Goosecat had burned his little throat from gaging so much. He wasn't throwing up hairballs, just gagging everytime he used the litterbox. The last four weeks he stopped throwing up, but he slowly stopped eating the dry food, then the canned wet food, then stopped drinking regularly. I suspect his throat just was too sore to swallow. The heart attack was likely due to electrolytes being all screwed up from lack of fluids. I gave him fluid food and water via an eyedroppere for a few days, but Saturday the insult was too much for him.
The warning is to never have a lid on the catbox and don't use litter that makes dust, especially the clumping kind because it turns to a semi-solid concrete in the kitty's airways. Sorry to be so windy, going on so, but it was my faulkt Goosecat went downhill and I want to caution others with furry friends to be careful, they are more fragile than we want to believe when they live the indoor life.

26 posted on 01/09/2012 5:39:22 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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Sorry for all the typos ... it’s hard to type when your eyes are so wet.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 5:43:15 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: aldabra

For quite a few years now I have had the so called “Hemingway” cats in our household, due to inbreeding with no nearby cats around I have had a few interesting poly cats, right at this very moment I have a Norwegian Forest cat with his opposable thumbs and his rear feet are best described as...well “wide” like clawed snowshoes.

And yes these cats do learn to use the extra digits up front like thumbs. And talk about climbing!

Occasionally I have one that I have to periodically cut ingrown curved claws that will curl back in.


28 posted on 01/09/2012 5:47:03 PM PST by Eye of Unk (NO Romney,NO way)
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To: MHGinTN
I lost my old friend Goosecat Saturday morning. He was getting really frail, not eating or drinking, and I was feeding him with an eyedropper when he had a massive heart attack in my arms. I was thankful he did not die alone, but I miss that old guy so much. I lost his lifetime buddy, Grookedtail last thanksgiving. I guess it’s time for us oldtimers to move along ...

My condolences go out to you. I know how you feel, been there myself and had the same thing happen to me when I tried to feed my little ones when they were very ill and passing away. If I may say so, don't feel that you have hastened their deaths by deeding them, I know myself (and Mom too) felt that way when it happened. We just did what we know was right, it was just their time to pass on. Just remember they are waiting for you at The Rainbow Bridge and they are happy there although they look forward to seeing you again that will make the happiest of all.

A weird story I know, but I lost my first black cat Boo like you did. I felt guilty myself but he came back to me in my dreams and told me that "hey, you did what was right to take care of me, it was just my time to go. Don't feel guilty." His mouth was moving like Salem in "Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch" TV show. I asked him, "are you sure and he replied, "yes and the other cats and dogs you had, elected me as spokescat, God only allowed them to send one of us down and so they choose me." He added, we miss you but we are all doing fine and are happy and we will be together again one day." He then said, "I have to go now" and then I woke up.

Mom had a similar experience except she saw her parents, sister and all of our pets and G.W., who we lost last year, said the same thing to her, "we are all fine and you did what was best for us."

I do believe they come down occasionally to be with us, a few days ago, I thought I saw Pansy, who we lost in 2006, out of the corner of my eye several times and when I focused on her, she disappeared.

If you do not have any other cats, after a time of grieving, it is good to get new ones and make new friends.
29 posted on 01/09/2012 6:18:48 PM PST by Nowhere Man ("People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people." - V for Vendetta)
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To: MHGinTN
Thank you for the warning.

There is no possible way that it is your fault. We expect that what we buy for ourselves and our pets to be safe. The Chinese food contamination is one example that no one (except for the food company) had any warning of. The moral is to stop kicking yourself, it sounds like you did everything right down to hydrating the little guy with an eyedropper.

The bottom line is that kittehs are like a Ferrari engine, one fouled plug and it runs like hell while a Chevy V8 could have a flat cam and you wouldn't notice. I think it's God's way of ensuring that they don't suffer. When they get sick, they often hide it and despite what people think, injured and sick kittehs purr like healthy cats for some reason. So once you notice a problem, it's possibly already too late. I think of a dog we had the same problem with and dogs are much heartier. I still kick myself over him although intellectually, I know it wasn't my fault.

I had a Maine Coon that started losing fur along his back. We took him to the vet and he was the one that asked if anything had changed and we had just changed the dry food. Turns out he was allergic to it. Luckily we didn't have to buy something like Science Diet which is incredibly expensive.

We had the multi cat litter that clumped as well and it was nasty. When you poured it out of the new bag the dust wafted up and almost choked you. It worked well once it was in use but we ended up experimenting and then finalized on The World's Best Cat Litter made from corn:

Best Litter

It really works well, no dust, it clumps and it's reasonably priced.

I feel for your loss and understand that you feel responsible but don't. I've been through it many times and it doesn't get easier and I always blame myself as well. You start thinking, if only... But, the bottom line is you gave them a nice home and took care of them through their lives; that's the best anyone can do.

30 posted on 01/09/2012 6:42:22 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: MHGinTN

Hmmmm, I think it was quite possible that Goosecat could have had some sort of allergy to the new litter you changed to as well causing the reaction he had. Cats have allergies as well, I know Pansy had allergies too where we had to take her to the vet every so often, after a steroid shot and anti-biotics, she was fine for several months and then when it came back, we had to do it again, rinse, repeat.


31 posted on 01/09/2012 6:44:23 PM PST by Nowhere Man ("People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people." - V for Vendetta)
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To: MHGinTN

There are so many ways for our beloved cats to die, all of them horrible. You were fortunate to spend Goosecat’s last days with him. That is the one comfort we have; that they knew we cared. I have to believe that when they died, even if we were not with them, they knew we cared.

Those who love cats are blessed by God and cats both.


32 posted on 01/09/2012 6:47:50 PM PST by neversweat (40 years and I still miss it!)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m sorry for your loss, I know how it feels. My Tux, Buddy has diabetes and needs insulin twice a day. The whole family loves him and he loves us very much. He’s a real class act clown also.


33 posted on 01/09/2012 6:58:24 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: MHGinTN

Our 20 year old Maine Coon Boris is very frail. He still is king of the house however and just by looking at him, drove my weiner dog off the sofa. Boris probably only weighs 8 pounds now and is chronically constipated. I’m surprised every morning that he’s still alive. He has seen our son through 15 years of terrible illness and I’ll be sad when he’s gone.


34 posted on 01/09/2012 7:20:26 PM PST by Mercat
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To: MHGinTN

Our 20 year old Maine Coon Boris is very frail. He still is king of the house however and just by looking at him, drove my weiner dog off the sofa. Boris probably only weighs 8 pounds now and is chronically constipated. I’m surprised every morning that he’s still alive. He has seen our son through 15 years of terrible illness and I’ll be sad when he’s gone.


35 posted on 01/09/2012 7:20:34 PM PST by Mercat
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To: aldabra

They do. Now what’s even odder to watch, is a normal-pawed cat trying oh-SO-hard to curve his paw to mimic a human hand. Scary thing is...he frequently can manage to manipulate objects that way in a humanlike manner. Not as strong of a grip, of course...


36 posted on 01/10/2012 4:13:55 AM PST by Fire_on_High (WTB new tagline, PST!)
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To: Retired Greyhound
I've long been convinced that my cat would kill me if she could, but is merely unable.

I doubt it but I would make sure there is lots of catfood available to it just in case you should die in your sleep.

37 posted on 01/10/2012 4:20:11 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Naugahyde is no longer available due to the Naugas being hunted to extinction.....)
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To: MHGinTN

My condolences. I’m certain Goosecat loved you and knew you loved him. Cats are very good at hiding it when they are ill. So good that often when their person notices, they are very very ill.


38 posted on 01/10/2012 6:10:03 AM PST by aldabra
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To: MHGinTN

So sorry for your loss. I know what you’re going through..... I lost two of my 14yr old best friends last year too....I miss them so much. They take a big chunk of your heart with them.....


39 posted on 01/10/2012 10:24:55 AM PST by Fawn (No one's perfect.)
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To: Mercat

Can the vet help him?


40 posted on 01/10/2012 10:30:42 AM PST by Fawn (No one's perfect.)
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To: Fawn

He takes otc laxatives at her recommendations and got a double enima from her last week.


41 posted on 01/10/2012 3:08:04 PM PST by Mercat
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To: jch10

When an inside cat gets out, you worry and worry! It happened to us. I googled the situation, and read that inside cats rarely stray far from the immediate surroundings. After looking thru the neighborhood, I concentrated on the bushes near the house. No kitty. The next day I was shining the flashlight under the slats of a side porch — and there she was! 2 feet from the house! Keep looking! He/she won’t come to you probably. You have to to be the finder. This kitty never made a sound — even when I saw her and spoke to her. She didn’t even want the water or food I put under there. (I couldn’t reach her by hand) When I left the door open and kept talking to her, she finally came out and up the stairs into the house. Needless to say — there were tears of joy! So-— keep looking really close to your house — in every possible spot.


42 posted on 01/10/2012 7:30:55 PM PST by Exit148
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To: Exit148

Thank you for your response, it gives me hope that we will find her. We’ve looked everywhere! I keep calling, hoping she will hear and venture back. I leave food out too. So far, she hasn’t eaten anything. Maybe, just maybe.....


43 posted on 01/11/2012 5:28:38 PM PST by jch10
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