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It’s not often we see polydactyl moggies – they’re cats born with extra toes – so our Birmingham Adoption Centre was very surprised when six polydactyl cats came into their care at once!

A guest post from Cats Protection’s Birmingham Adoption Centre.

A group of cats was recently abandoned at our Birmingham Adoption Centre. Two female adults were accompanied by six eight-week-old kittens, several of which were showing signs of mild cat flu, plus eye infections. All were seen and treated by a vet and have now been nursed back to health.

A group of grey and tabby polydactyl cats

The family of polydactyl cats

The extraordinary thing is that with the exception of two kittens, all the cats have extra toes! They have therefore been dubbed ‘the Polydactyl family’.

A cat normally has 18 toes (five on each front paw and four on each hind paw), but the number of toes per cat in the Polydactyl family ranges from 22 to 27 – giving the group a total of 180 toes in one pen!

Paws of a grey-and-white polydactyl cat

Extra toes!

Polydactyl cat paws

Poly paws

The Birmingham Adoption Centre has previously cared for a few polydactyl cats and kittens but has never seen so many at the same time. They really are a spectacular sight.

For more information on the cats or to register an interest in adoption, contact the Cats Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre on 01564 822 020 or 

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