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post #1 of 8
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My mom adopted a cat, that has dew claws on her back feet. What causes this? I've never seen a cat that has dew claws, only dogs.
Thanks all.
post #2 of 8
It's called polydactyl. Does she have extra toes on her front feet, too?
post #3 of 8
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No, nothing extra on the front.
Its not really and extra toe. Its just like hanging up like the "thumb" on the front part. You know how some dogs have dew claws on their back feet? Like that.
post #4 of 8
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So, is that the same thing as polydactyl?
post #5 of 8
By definition, if the cat has extra digits (like dew claws on the back) that is Polydactyly. My cat Manytoes has dew claws on the back too, and one of them has 2 separate perfect claws coming out of it....its particularly unusual to have only the rear paws affected congrats on your rare kitty!
post #6 of 8
Can your mother's kitty retract the claws on those extra toes? Usually back claws don't retract in as much as front ones anyways, so if there's a chance the extra ones could get caught on anything make sure she trims them.
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Yup, you have a polydactyl kitty on your hands! Yay! My cat Storm has extra digits. She has a dew claw on all four legs and two extra digits on top of the dew claw on her front paws, so eight extra toes in all.
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Originally Posted by Februa View Post
By definition, if the cat has extra digits (like dew claws on the back) that is Polydactyly. My cat Manytoes has dew claws on the back too, and one of them has 2 separate perfect claws coming out of it....its particularly unusual to have only the rear paws affected congrats on your rare kitty!
Thanks! I thought polydactyl ment they actually had extra toes on the front.

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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Can your mother's kitty retract the claws on those extra toes? Usually back claws don't retract in as much as front ones anyways, so if there's a chance the extra ones could get caught on anything make sure she trims them.
No, she can't retract them. She has the marking of a Seal Point Siamese, with the blue eyes, but her haircoat is a little longer than what a Siamese would be. I'll let her know to clip her claws.

[quote=railNtrailcwgrl;2886972]Yup, you have a polydactyl kitty on your hands! Yay! My cat Storm has extra digits. She has a dew claw on all four legs and two extra digits on top of the dew claw on her front paws, so eight extra toes in all.[/QUOTE Thats alot of extra toes!
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