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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm new to the forum, and also new to having a cat. I was just curious, are webbed toes something common in cats? There's a good possibility my cat is crossbred with a wildcat due to the spots, large size (5.5/6 pounds at 5 months), aggressively playful nature, and I just noticed his webbed paws. The only thing is he is a bi-color with fawn on top and white on the bottom, colorwise he looks nothing like a wildcat but his personality and some of his traits point to that...thanks!
post #2 of 16
umm...... interesting question
1st of all . welcome to TCS, its great here, lots of great advice, help and support.........oh and we have a bit of fun now and then
Once you get settled in, please post us some photos of your cat, he sounds amazing we´d all love to see him. If you can manage to get a snap of his webs then that also might help with people thoughts on the matter!
Anyway enjoy the site
post #3 of 16
Hi there we're so happy to welcome you and your kitty to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

I can't wait to hear more about him. Maybe somebody on the breeder's forum could help you with your question about kitty's toes
post #4 of 16
Welcome to TCS!
Your kitty is a syndactyl (also a term used for fused toes). Maybe he has some "fishing cat" blood in him.
post #5 of 16
Bengals look a bit like wild cats, and they have wild cat ancestry. Maybe your cat is a Bengal mix?
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies! You sure he's syndactyl? I've heard that more in reference to the pincer like claws, not webbing - webbing is a bit more natural, I think. I might be able to get some pictures up soon - my friend has a digital camera.

The webbing doesn't bother him at all, and it is just as it would be if he were a wild cat. It goes from the end of his claw to where the digits meet, very similar to the webbing of a dog's toes. Is it highly unlikely that he could just be a fluke with spots, webbed toes, an ability to chirrup and make odd sounds, prefer running water, act more dog-like, be an incredibly good climer (he climes my leg while I'm standing up), and still be a regular housecat? Everything but his coloring makes me think he's got something other than domestic housecat in him, but color is one of those things that is pretty dominant in mixes, right?
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Also, I'm not sure who his parents were - I got him from a local pet shop that does take donations from people with cat litters.
post #8 of 16
Hi and welcome to TCS. Your kitty sounds gorgeous.

There are a few cats that have wild blood in them. One of them would be Savannah which is a cross between a domestic cat and the African Serval. Another would be the Bengal which is a crossing between a domestic cat and the Asian Leopard Cat. A cat that hasn't been crossbred with a wild cat that does look like the small spotted wild kitties would be the Ocicat. This breed was created by breeding/combining the Abyssinian, Siamese and American Shorthair. All are very beautiful cats.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Do ocicats, bengals, or somalis have webbed feet as a trait?
post #10 of 16
Hi and Welcome to TCS!

See you on the forums!
post #11 of 16
Hi welcome to TCS!
post #12 of 16
Hi Welcome to TCS...you will love it here it's addicting!!!
post #13 of 16
Fishing cats are wild . You might try googling it and see if it's similar. I don't know where you are from , but these wild cats are found in South Asia. We'd love to see a picture.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
LOl, I'm a bit far from south asia....the pic is still in the works. I'm a music student, and I'm limited on time. Thanks again for the welcomes!
post #15 of 16
Hi Trumpeter:

Gosh! Do you really play the trumpet? I admire that! Not easy to do I expect!

I'm new here too, just joined two days ago and as you can see, by being a furious poster, I'm a young cat already!

Webbed toes aren't usual, but you do hear of them, and some breeds in some areas tend to produce them more. Not sure about the wildcat part, but whatever he is, being a CAT, I'm sure he's loveable and wonderful! What's his name? I'm currently owned by 9 cats, all rescued, indoor-only, spayed/neutered, and spoiled!! They come in a great variety of ages, sizes, genders, coat colors, patterns, and lengths, but have one thing in common --they're the lights of my life, and I love 'em all!
post #16 of 16
Hello, my name is John, welcome to the site
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