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Does Your Cat Have Extra Toes?

If your cat has more than the typical 18 toes, then they are what is called Polydactyl, which means many digits in medical terms. Polydactyl paws sometimes look like the cats have mittens for feet or just very large feet.

You may have heard that they are a specific breed. However, that is not the case. It is merely a genetic mutation that causes the cat to have extra toes. It is also a gene that can be passed on, meaning if a cat that is polydactyl has kittens it is possible that some of those kittens will have many toes too.

It is most common for the front paws to have the extra digits and sometimes even all four paws can have them, but it is rarely just the back ones. These cats with the extra toes were once very popular among sailors as they believed them to be good luck, as well as excellent mouse catchers.

There is now a tie for the Guinness World Record for the most toes on a cat. The first cat is named Jake, from right here in Canada, with 28 toes. As of early 2018, there was a tie by another cat named Paws who also has 28 toes and lives in the United States.

On another note: It is always important to make sure cats that have polydactyl feet have all of their nails trimmed. Especially the extra toes that may not touch the ground and get worn down naturally. These toes could pose a hazard to your cat if the nail were to grow into the pad.

Hope you enjoy your cat’s extra toes and what they can do with those extra digits!

Written by: Laura Arthur

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital