posts on 2/11/2013 2:48:14 PM
I,too, have a polydactyl kitty. Shes a little sweet tortie. She has 7 on each front foot and extra on her back feet too. Our vet laughs at what he calls her big clod-hopping feet, he says she looks like a bride in wellies! Rotten thing! I love her big feet.
Liz from Buxton
posts on 2/11/2013 9:03:18 AM
I often wonder whether polydactyl cats are trying to grow opposable thumbs. Just imagine if they could - then they would rule the world (instead of simply ruling all of us cat-lovers.)
Much love to Deric and Aileen, and all who post here. I do hope that Susan's Ginger is safe and well, now.
posts on 2/11/2013 7:34:02 AM
Hi all. Jan ,I too have a polydactyl cat. His name is Esso and he's a large ginger tiger. He not only has the extra toes on the front paws but has an extra one on one of his back paws and two on the other! I'd never heard of Hemingway cats before I had Esso but there seems to be a lot of them about nowadays. I bet Deric would have loved a Hemingway cat, just think of the tales he could tell! Lots of hugs and love to Deric and Aileen, as always, and to everyone else on here. Kay
posts on 2/10/2013 11:15:58 PM
I thought I'd better post sth. As it has been so long I may not get counted into the good luck Jan's spreading around. I got a bit huffy with big brother not finding my last attempt at writing sth. Here interesting enough. I hope he will this time, as I am making the effort of trying to type on this little tablet we got. My, does it make me realise my age! Very very slowly I am learning how to work it... How's ginger doing, Sugeebas? Did you manage to trap him and get him seen? I adopted a cat who had adopted us once. He came with his own rule book, and would also disappear from time to time. He obviously had several homes. When I moved, I had no qualms leaving him behind. He was much more attached to the area than to me or my other cats. I had someone keeping an eye out, and the reports were consistently about how well he kept looking. Despite all his charm, he did attack me once when I tried to flea him. Guess he liked his vagabond status. I called him Pablo after I found a Picasso quote saying: I do not search, I find. Suited him to a T. Hope everyone is as well and happy as can be. Greetings from Belgium (for now, off to Luxemburg for e few days soon.) Anneke
posts on 2/10/2013 10:47:02 PM
Deric and Aileen, you're on my mind tonight, and I'm sending positive loving thoughts your way. I just found out today that my new cat Bella is polydactyl. She has an extra toe on both front paws. Never had a Hemingway cat before. I'm being told it's good luck, so Bella and I want to spread it to everyone who posts here. Love to all, Jan
posts on 1/28/2013 4:06:41 PM
Hello Jackie, I can only presume that they want me to trap him into the shed because Maddie is likely to get into a trap. She is always in our garden and like all cats, nosey. They assured me that they would come out straight away to collect him, so I hope that is so. I don't want him to be stressed out any more than necessary. He is of course very welcome to remain here with us and I will tell the person that comes to collect him that. I am truly hoping that once he is castrated that he will eventually want to come to us. I would love to stroke his beautiful coat, he is truly gorgeous. Thank you for your concern, I really appreciate it. Susan
posts on 1/28/2013 3:54:37 PM
Hi can the RSPCA not come with a humane trap and trap him. Trying to get him in a shed will distress him if he is locked in there for too long. Far better that they trap him cover over the trap with a cover this calms him down and then take him to vets. If you can take him back to your garden and provide shelter it will be ar better for Ginger. It is traumatic enough for them to be trapped and neutered so it is far better he can be returned to where he knows. Also if he is released in a strange place like a farm he will have to be kept in for at least three or four weeks otherwise he would just take off and try to get back to you.
posts on 1/27/2013 6:39:03 PM
Thank you Audrey for the tip. When he shows up again I will try the trail to the shed with cat biscuits. He will eat anything, always appears to be hungry. We cannot leave the shed open for my husband has all his tools in there and my husband doesn't want him shut in for long. The reason being that he had cut a hole out of his last shed to allow Maddie access to a sheltered spot during the winter when she was small. Unfortunately all the neighbourhood uncastrated males went in there too and sprayed. We could never get the small out again, husband wasn't very happy. Now, old shed gone, new one erected, you can imagine how he feels.
posts on 1/27/2013 4:47:14 PM
sugeebas I agree he does seem physic ha ha, have you tried putting catnip in ur shed or some really delicious cat treats try and leave a trail to the shed, I know it might be hard for you with ur other cats he might even jump into a box in shed if cat nip is on a toy love to all
posts on 1/27/2013 2:33:09 PM
Ginger Update: you will never believe this, neither do I, or perhaps knowing cats as I do, I do believe it. I made the call to the RSPCA. We have to try to lure him with food into our shed and shut him in. Then one call to the RSPCA and they will come and collect him. Since the call, he hasn't turned up! I swear he can read my mind. If the RSPCA can place him on a farm, perhaps that would be best for him as Maddie is continuously chasing him out of the garden. However, my husband and I am willing to continue feeding him, so they can also release him back into our garden. He will be castrated, treated for parasites and the eye. However, they have also told me that they will also check first for FIV. If found to be positive, then the RSPCA will have no other option than to put him down. So I am hoping that he is clear. Now we have to wait to see whether we can trap him in the shed. I will be glad when this is all over, hate to think of him suffering. Love to all and thank you again for your kind words and support. Susan
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