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Can Cats Have Extra Toes?

It is possible for a cat to have extra toes just like it’s possible for a person to have extra fingers or extra toes. Cats that have too many toes are referred to as a polydactyl cat. Most cats have five toes on their front paws and four toes on their back tows. A polydactyl cat; however, has more than that on one or all of her paws. Polydactylism is a genetic mutation that occurs mostly in cats. The mutation rarely causes any side effects to the cat. However, feline radial hypoplasia (which includes polydactylism as a symptom) often causes twisted forelegs and other disabilities. It’s important to have your vet verify if your cat has polydactylism by itself or as a result of feline radial hypoplasia. If your cat has both issues then your vet will need to advise you on how to care for the radial hypoplasia. Consult with your veterinary clinic Rochester NY regularly for treatment. 

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