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|Friday, July 9th, 2010|
I'm in trouble
So Ptera Dactyl has learned to turn doorknobs. I got it on (grainy, crappy) video.
She does it right about 1:05 so you can skip ahead.
She managed to get the door OPEN the next day.
I don't even bother closing it anymore.
|Wednesday, February 11th, 2009|
|Wednesday, November 12th, 2008|
|Friday, July 18th, 2008|
I have a 11-month-old white polydactyl cat named Ptera. When I told my husband that cats with extra toes were called polydactyl, he immediately wanted to name her Ptera Dactyl.
So here are some pictures of Ptera, including close ups of her front feet:( Read more...Collapse )
|Sunday, June 15th, 2008|
New to the group: Meet Tigerheart.
I'm new to this group and cat ownership, but I'm getting the hang of it.
It all started July 16th, 2007. Four days after my 20th birthday. I had just returned to my apartment from a trip to visit my parents and was getting ready for work. I walked outside and was shocked on what I had found.
There was a huge, yet scrawny underweight tomcat laying on my porch steps, too exhausted and malnourished to move.
Without a second to think, I immediately scooped him up and brought him inside. He stumbled about confused, meowing and falling. He was dehydrated and upon further inspection, abused. His paws were blistered and cut and you could see every bone under his orange coat.
But that was almost a year ago.
Today, the skinny orange tabby weighs over 15 pounds (he was 8 pounds when I rescued him) and has a count of 6 extra toes: Two on each front paw and one extra on each back paw. Until I started doing research, I didn't know a polydactyl existed.
Tigerheart, or Tiger for short, is a pretty interesting fellow. He loves to pick up things with those toes and fling them away and has learned to pick up pens off my desk and drop them over the side. He turns our lights on or off, depending on his mood. He's my tough little boy and doesn't like to be cuddled, held, or carried, but he knows how to walk on a leash. I love to take him to Petco and other petstores because people are amazed to see him on his leash. And when we're ready to come home, he jumps in my car and sits in the passenger seat like a dog.
But enough of the small talk. I got loads of pictures to share. lol
My user icon is of Tiger too. =P( TigerheartCollapse )
He's an amazing animal. =)
He's got his own myspace where I upload all of his better pictures.
www.myspace.com/tigerheartwarrior Current Mood: chipper
|Tuesday, October 30th, 2007|
I was reading about polydactyl cats in Wikipedia. They say that most polydactyl cats have polydactyly in either just their front paws or in all four paws. It's rare that a cat will have polydactyly in their back paws only. My first kitten that I got when I was 10 had 6 claws on her front paws and 4 on her back paws. She died when I was 18. She was a good cat. Her claws that were between her "thumbs" and the rest of the paw didn't move. I now have a kitty that's a year old and has polydactyly on all four paws. 6 claws on the front and 5 in the back. all of her claws are used and they all retract into the paw and out. She's a great climber, a pest sometimes, and I still love her to pieces.
|Friday, October 19th, 2007|
Charlie is being her normal self again. She seemed down and depressed after the vet visit. She's back to zipping around the house and being annoying again!
|Thursday, October 18th, 2007|
vet visit and lazer lights
We took Charlie to the vet to get all her shots tuesday. She was really good and really liked the ladies there. Yesterday she seemed kinda depressed and didn't want anything to do with her toys. We just bought a lazer and she really enjoys that, seems to be the only thing she'll play with now since the vet visit and we bought the lazer the same night.
Could she be having a reaction to the shots or could she be sore for them? Also now that we bought the lazer, is that the only toy she will be interseted in?
|Sunday, October 14th, 2007|
My boyfriend and I want to get a real christmas tree this year. How do we keep our kitten from climbing it? Any suggestions? We're afraid we'll come home and it'll be knocked over and make a big mess.
Thanks in advance!
|Saturday, October 13th, 2007|
Charlie (our kitten) has an appiontment with the vet tuesday to get all her shots done. God, she's a pain in the ass late at night. I guess because we both work at night and don't get home until mid-night. She gets really hyper and zips around the house. I have to keep my closet door closed or she plays with my hanging clothes. We also have to keep the bathroom door closed because she likes to play in the bathtub or with the curtain (she's about ruined that) and our rugs are always turned over in half. I hope she grows out of this. AND she has ruined the blinds in the living room. She HAS to sit in the window for some reason and walks through the blinds on the way in and on the way out. Dang her! She's freaking cute though, and spoiled!
|Thursday, October 4th, 2007|
Charlie is a female!
My boyfriend and I took our kitten, Charlie, to the vet yesterday to make an appiontment and to also find out for sure if Charlie was a male or female. Charlie is indeed a female like I thought! She's 4 months old and she's going to get her vaccinations on the 16th! As soon as we are able, we're going to get her spayed as well.
|Tuesday, September 4th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 18th, 2007|
Polys in the news.
Claws out in Florida Keys over Hemingway cats
KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - A game of cat and mouse is under way between the U.S. government and Florida's Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum over the fate of dozens of felines roaming the former home of the Nobel Prize-winning author.
The claws are out over whether the 47 cats that live on the grounds where Hemingway wrote "To Have and Have Not" should be caged or even allowed to remain on the lush subtropical property, one of the Florida Keys' major tourist attractions.
Around half are six-toed, or polydactyl.
|Thursday, May 31st, 2007|
I've had my polydactyl for three years now, but having just found this community, I thought I'd show off my Emori when she was a little kitten. We got her as a companion for her sister, who we were fostering for a friend. We ended up so happy we did, too. She's adorable, but not too bright. Unlike many poly kitties, she doesn't really use her thumbs much. She also has had problems with her toes on one of her feet, and she wound up having to have surgery.
(Our vet said he'd never seen anything like it--she had a toe spur, just a bone, growing out of the side of her foot. There was no joint, and it never stopped growing. After it punctured her skin, we opted for surgery. The extra toes on that foot were also fubar, with one toe growing out of the other, and the claws were so twisted that we couldn't cut them anymore. So we declawed those toes at the same time.)( Pictures!Collapse ) Current Mood: sleepy
|Monday, May 14th, 2007|
A few weeks ago I was brushing him and noticed his hind feet's extra toenails looked ingrown so I was expecting they would have to be surgically removed, but the vet was able to catch them in time and they only needed to be trimmed! He is a very laid back, friendly cat. He was a stray and was a little strange at first (he didn't react to anybody or anything, making us think he was deaf or autistic), but now he's very friendly and sociable with people and my non-poly cat, Stevie. We love him and his mittens. Current Mood: busy
|Thursday, April 12th, 2007|
|Thursday, February 22nd, 2007|
|Saturday, December 9th, 2006|
|Tuesday, November 28th, 2006|
We've had our newly adopted baby for about 3 weeks. Her name is Thumbelina! (Belina, mostly.)