A pair of cats with 54 toes!
Ned and Fred were handed into the Gosport branch of Cats Protection in Hampshire with an amazing 54 toes between them! Normally cays have five toes on their front paws and four on their rear, but Ned had an extra eight toes and his brother Fred has ten extra!
Karen Hiestand, a Cats Protection field veterinary officer said that the extra toes were an "extreme case" but swiftly added that they did not affect their health. The cats are still at the centre but due to be rehomed with a new owner in two weeks time.
Ernest Hemingway was famous for his love of polydactyl cats, at his home in Key West which is now a national historic landmark they continue that love with a selective breeding program for cats with additional digits. The home and museum is inhabited by dosens of the cats Hemingway loved and will protect them and their descendants for generations to come. Cats Protection could not confirm or deny if Ned and Fred would be heading to Key West, but we believe the brothers will be equally as loved in Hampshire.
Image source: Cats Protection
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