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My Polydactyl Horn Pawed freak of a kitty.

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Hi everyone. This is my first thread here and I think this is where it should be. I have a 26 toed cat, who is conveniently named Toe. He has a horned growth coming off of one one of his foot pads. Upon a few minutes of research not only did I find out that this is quite rare, but I also found out that he is one toe from tying Tiger the Canadian guiness world record holding cat.

Here is the best picture I could get...

He has an appointment for tomorrow morning. It seems to be having a growth spurt. I have noticed it before when clipping his nails, but it now has a curve so I decided to call once I was done clipping. It does not seem to bother him, but I don't want to let it get out of control. I read on one site that you can clip them off. No thanks. What do you folks think?
post #2 of 5
Funny, I was just going to post a thread about horned paws the other day. Belle and Delilah (sisters who seem like twins, except for their fur length/colour) both have horned growths on one or two of their pads.

I don't know that it's as rare as the information says. I came across a couple threads where several members indicated having cats with horned paws.

From what I can tell, some people trim them using nail clippers, others just leave them, and some have them surgically removed (although they supposedly come back). I guess it would depend on whether they seem to bother the cat.
post #3 of 5
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Right on! Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe I should cancel that appointment since it is not bothering him. He's just my boy and I was a bit worried. As if the guy was not enough of a mutant. It now looks like he's trying to grow is 27th toe.
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Is it possible to call the vet and just ask if you should bring him in to have it looked at?

I mentioned it to the vet when we were there last week for vaccinations, and he honestly didn't even look at them. When I was looking for them to show him, he said they were just corns and caused by excess skin. This wasn't my regular vet and I don't really like him (that's what heppens when you show up at the wrong time for your appointment and they have to squeeze you in ), so I'll ask about them again when we see the regular vet again in a few weeks. Since I wasn't happy with the information from the vet this tme, I decided to do a bit of research.

I came across one single article that seemed to talk about his occurance (but did not show pictures or give much of a discription) in relation to leukemia or cancer. <url>http://www.vetinfo4cats.com/cfoot.html</url> However, everything else I read indicated that it was nothing to worry about and actually relatively common. <url>http://www.messybeast.com/horned-paws.htm</url>

Toe is just trying to live up to his name!
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Thank you for the links! I will give them a read in the morning. I do believe you are right though. Toe just really wants that spot in the book!
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