Saturday, February 24, 2007

Aaawww, How Cute Is This ...

I found this article in today's newspaper, and just had to share. I have re-typed the text, as I don't think it will zoom in large or clear enough to read easily.

AUCKLAND - Extra the kitten is a little more sure-footed than her contemporaries.
She was born with one more toe than normal on each of her back paws, and two more than the standard on her front ones.
A grand total of 26 claws against the usual 20.
Her family noticed there was something not quite the same when they began suffering more scratches than they would have expected.
"You would sort of want to wear boxing gloves when you played with her," said her owner, Kaelene Garrard, of Auckland, New Zealand.
She examined the frisky feline's paws and did a double-take.
"We counted, then re-counted, but we had it right the first time," Miss Gerrard said.
Extra has seven toes on each front paw and six on each back paw - instead of the normal five on each.
"Her mother is a normal cat but her grandmother had six toes on each paw and so does her brother," Miss Gerard said.
"But we've never heard of a kitten with seven toes on each front paw.
"She's a good climber and runs really fast.
"We won't have to worry about her ... she'll be able to look after herself."
Extra toes are not that unusual in cats but sevens make Extra extra special.

Cute, don't you think ?!?!?! Don't think I'd like to be on the receiving end of those claws !!

Hope your weekend is going well.

Take care,


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Hmmm. I need to check Alex's paws. From the scars on my leg from his claws, he may have 25 claws, too.

Diane J. said...

Jodie, my 17-year-old kitty that I had to have put to sleep in 2004, had 7 toes on each front paw. So did her Daddy and her siblings. They only had extras on the front paws, though, not the back.

Cats with extra claws and toes are called "polydactyls".

Happy weekend, Meow! :-)

Connie said...

I bet she could take down three flies at a time with one

Such a cutie!!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jeanette said...

Hi Meow, A cute little kitty oh few scratches in those paws. take care

Viamarie said...

Interesting discovery.

Happy weekend!

DayByDay4-2Day said...

you can surely say that again.

LZ Blogger said...

That is just a little TOO WEIRD! ~ jb///

Brian said...

Hi Meow,

I love the kitty paws. Too cute.

Have a great weekend.

Michael Manning said...

Hi Meow! Yeah, very cute Cat here!! I have found in life that people who say they don't like cats or dogs have missed out on the joy of having a pet. Break out the Tom Jones song! BTW: It was great live, and like the nut I am I raised my Martini Glass when Tom suddenly launched into "What's New Pussycat" and I yelled "Hey Meow"! though you probably didn't hear me. Luckily, I guess the music was so loud nobody else did either. But it was the thought that counts! lol!!!

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Aww, that's a pretty cute kitty.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Ouch! I think the normal 20 claws is enough...doesn't that cat have huge paws, though. She probably needs them to accommodate all those toes and claws.

How are things in your world, Meow? Is Chicky enjoying school?

Catch up with you soon.


Lee said...

Dear little it a sweetie.

Hope all is well with you Meow...sorry I've not been in for a few days... take care :)

Clare said...

My cousin sent me this earlier this week. That kitty is so cute. I always think their feet are really cute anyway lol!

Meow said...

Nick ... hahaha ... good luck.

Diane ... wow, 7 on each front paw (just like this one) ... that's weird, but cute !! Must run in the family.

Connie ... yep, 3 flies !! Thanks.

Jeanette ... thank you.

Viamarie ... thanks.

Daybyday ... thanks.

LZ Blogger ... yep, sure is.

Brian ... thanks.

Michael ... thanks. I agree, there is nothing nicer than the unconditional love of a pet. I love that you thought of me at the Tom Jones concert ... I'm honoured !!!

Silverneurotic ... thanks.

Puss In Boots ... thanks. Yes, it does have huge paws. My world is going well, thank you. Chicky is happy in high school, so far. They go on camp on Wednesday.

Lee ... thank you. It's cool, I'm not out and about visiting as much, either.

Clare ... I agree, I love kitty feet, they are just so soft.

Take care, Meow

Justine said...

You know, that cat looks a lot like our baby boy, Floyd. We have a baby girl, too, called Marihøne.

What a clever cat to get some extra toes!

Meow said...

Justine ... thanks, I reckon she looks like a clever kitty !! I haven't ever seen anything like that before.
Take care, Meow