And This Little Piggy Had… Wait, What?

Meet Paws, the polydactyl cat. She has 28 toes, three extra on each forepaw and one extra on each back paw. And now, the 3-year-old is tied with another cat for the Guinness World Record for ‘feline with the most toes’.
Owner Jeanne Martin, of Northfield, Minnesota, says Paws’ genetic trait comes in handy.
“It almost looks like a catcher’s mitt,” Martin said, adding that the extra digits on her front paws help her grip narrow surfaces.
Jeanne’s daughter’s partner, Walter Nachtigall, is the one who rescued Paws on his maple syrup farm.
“She used to love it when I would have her sit on my lap and rub her belly and she felt pretty safe, so eventually when she had kittens, she brought them back to my farm and stashed them in the Studebaker truck I was working on,” he said. And that’s how she ended up with Jeanne.
When she takes Paws to the vet to get her claws trimmed, Jeanne always reminds them to make sure they get all 28. “I told them once, I said, ‘you really ought to charge me extra because she has so many more,'” Jeanne said.
Polydactyl cats are also known as “Hemingway cats,” in honor of the American writer who kept one at his Key West home.

Source: CBS News
Photo: © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.

News junkie, history nerd, sports fan, lucky wife and mom.

Posted in All Stories

+ Follow Us

 

+ Upcoming Events

  1. Prince of Wales Stakes

    July 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. The Alzheimer Society’s Dine and Donate Night

    July 25 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Burlington Dance Wave

    July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  4. Sobeys Customer Appreciation Day

    July 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  5. Waterford Legion 90th Anniversary

    July 28 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

+ On-Air & Shows