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Polydactyly is a congenital physical anomaly which causes cats to be born with extra toes. This condition can affect cats of all breeds but is commonly seen in Maine Coons. Normal cats will have 18 toes (5 on each front foot and 4 on each hind foot).
Polydactly cats most commonly have extra toes on their front paws but they can be seen on the hind paws as well. The extra toe can resemble a thumb which looks like the cat is wearing a mitten. In other cases, the extra digits will develop alongside the other toes. Some cats can have a combination of the two which looks like they have grown an extra paw!
This condition doesn’t typically cause any health problems but these extra toes do require additional care and attention. Most polydactly cats have extra claws that grown in-between their toes. Regular nail trims are required to monitor the health of the claws/toes and prevent them from growing into the paw pads. Occasionally these extra nails need to be removed if they are growing abnormally.
The cat with the most toes according to the Guinness book of world records is a cat named Jake who lives with his family in Bonfield, Ontario. He has been the record holder since September 24, 2002, and he has a total of 28 toes!
Ernest Hemingway was a polydactyl enthusiast. He was gifted a polydactly kitten in the 1930’s named Snow White. His home in Key West has been transformed into a museum which is home to 40-50 polydactly cats all of which are descendants of Snow White.
Polydactlys were valued by sailors as they believed their extra toes gave them balance on rough seas and allowed them to be skilled mousers.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Cumberland Veterinary Clinic