Monday, August 08, 2011

Oscar’s Toes

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Oscar has seven toes on each front paw,
six toes on one back paw and five toes on the other.
Oscar has a total of twenty-five toes.

In New England polydactyl cats are called double-pawed cats. Normally cats have 18 toes — five on each of the front paws and four on each of the rear. Most double-pawed cats have extra front toes. Extra toes on the rear are rare and extra toes on all four feet are even more rare.

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A twig is caught between Oscar's extra toes.

Oscar is a very rare cat because of all of these toes. Usually the number of extra toes is the same on both front paws and both rear paws. But Oscar has five on one rear paw and six on the other. He has seven toes on each front paw for a total of 25 toes. Mooch, from Maine, held the record for the most toes of any cat with 28 toes. Oscar, according to legend, is a very lucky cat for us.

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Everyone is resting after a grueling morning walk.

You can read more about double-pawed cats here at Wikipedia and at The Straight Dope. It's fascinating stuff!

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3 comments:

  1. I love Oscar's wild and wacky toes!

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  2. I have a feral cat who has taken up residence at my house. She is a polydactyl cat too. Looks like yours! See her on my blog for July 22 at
    www.OregonSue.blogspot.com Sue

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