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New home found for unique kittens

Friday January 13th 2012

A pair of kittens born with extra toes have found new owners, an animal charity has reported.

The four-month-old cats were being looked after by the Cats Protection charity in Gosport, Hampshire.

Most cats have 18 claws in total: five in each front paw and four in each back one. But with the physical anomaly known as polydactylism, the cats (sometimes called "boxing cats") have a total of 54 toes between them instead of 36. One, called Ned, has eight extra toes and his brother Fred has 10 extra toes.

Cats Protection volunteer Kate Stapleford said: "These two kittens were in poor condition when they arrived but with veterinary attention and a lot of TLC from their fosterer, Ned and Fred are now thriving.

"They are wonderful, confident kittens and we are delighted they have found a new home together.

"Ned and Fred are special in that as well as extra toes on the front paws, Fred has extra toes on his back paws. Our vet said he'd never seen that in 40 years in practice.

"Although they look a little unusual, the extra toes do not affect their health in any way, and we know they will make the perfect companions for their new owner."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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