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kittens extra toes & webbed feet?

One of my cats had a liter of 6 kittens. 3 seem just fine other than 2 have 6 toes on their front feet. The others I believe are blind.. and 1 has very wide webbed toes "like toes all attached to each other" and then there is a 'wide toe" (these look like baseball gloves)1 has 6 toes on one paw & 7 on the other. One with 6 webbed toes on each front foot. Not sure how else to put it but 2 seem "Mentally Challenged, or like down syndrom"? How will I find them homes!! Is this rare?


Asked by Member 982130 on Apr 17th 2010 Tagged blindkittens, webbedtoekittenstoekittens in Other Adoption & Rescue
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Sassy (2001-2012)

The extra toes is fairly common and usually doesn't come with any other issues. There is the equivalent of Downs Syndrome in cats and sometimes kittens can get affected by blindness or cerebellar hyperplasia (wobble when they walk) if the mother cat had distemper during the pregnancy.

You should get them checked out by a vet to see what is going on with the ones you are worried about. They should be able to confirm if anything i swrong with the kittens and advise on any special care they might need. Often disabled cats get on great and you may just need to find someone who'll keep them inside and they'll be able to live normal lives.

Ask your vet for help finding homes for the kittens and contact local rescues or Blind Cat Rescue for help. Most rescues can't take in cats during kitten season but if you will look after the kittens they can help you find adopters.

Also make sure to get the mother fixed as she's likely to have more disabled kittens if you don't.


Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 4/17/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Luke

ya the cats that ahve extra toes are called polydectol ! its normal and alot of ppl think its cute, the webed feet on the other hand, im to sure if thats normal !!


Luke answered on 4/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer