Things to Love about Polydactyl Cats

Hello, everyone.  Today I want to have a little fun.  As you know, I am a diabetic cat, a bengal cat, and a polydactyl cat.  That makes me a very unique cat!  I recently told you some interesting things about polydactyl cats.

Well, one of the people at Catster decided that just knowing interesting things about polydactyl cats wasn’t enough.  She decided that she had to highlight the things she loves about us.  And she certainly knows about polydactyls, since she is in Maine.  The Maine Coon is one breed that is well known for having cats with extra toes

Well, here are my thoughts on what she loves about us polydactyl cats:

  • We have built in snowshoes.  She says that snowshoe cats do not have anything on polydactyl cats.  Well, she probably is right, but just because we can walk in the snow does not mean we want to.  When my human lived in Maryland, I would touch that cold white stuff and turn around and go back inside.  Now that I am a southern California cat, the idea of snow and me is just not something I want to Bagheera the Diabetic Cat as a mitten kittenentertain!
  • We are really cute as kittens.  My human called me his tiny little mitten kitten when he first got me.  I will let you judge for yourself whether I was cuter than the average kitten because of my extra toes.
  • Polydactyl cats have more feet to massage.  This sounds like a good thing, but I do not like my human fussing with my feet.  If he does, I will swipe at him and bite him, so he doesn’t do it much.
  • We give you lots of nail trimming practice.  Now this is funny to me.  My human trimming my nails?  Forget it.  As a diabetic cat, I am used to getting my blood sugar levels tested.  Let’s just say that if my human tried to trim my nails, he would be able to do the same with his blood.  There is a good reason for this and it highlights the downside of being a polydactyl cat.  My dew claws got ingrown, and it bothered me.  So I did not like my human messing with my paw or my nails.  He eventually had the dew claws removed so that it would not cause me any pain.
  • Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's extra toeWe can use our extra toes like thumbs.  Yes we can.  And I do things that amaze my human’s friends.  I have even been able to pick up pens and pencils and hold them between my first finger and my thumb, just like you humans.  Give me enough time and I will learn to write, and then my human is in big trouble.

What do you humans think of these things?  Are they more reasons to love us polydactyl cats?

I have always been a special cat because of my extra toes.  Now, as a diabetic cat, I’m extra special!

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