Rare Canadian Cat Has Thumbs Making His Paws Look Like Cute Mittens


Meet Teddy, the adorable polydactyl cat who was born with extra toes that make his front paws look, like human hands.

Three-year-old domestic shorthair Teddy is a polydactyl, which means he has extra toes on his hind feet and two thumbs which makes his front paws look like mittens.

Teddy, who lives with his owner Selvynna Tang in Vancouver, British Colombia, has his own Instagram page and his adorable condition brings joy to his thousands of feline  followers.

Selvynna said, “Teddy is my little buddy! We spend a lot of time together, from working and relaxing at home, to walks and road trips! Teddy is used to going on adventures, so we get to do a lot of things together.

“The extra toes do not affect him too much. If the claws grow too long, it makes a tapping sound when he walks on my wood floors, and I will have to trim it, like any other claw. If the claw is too long it can sometimes get stuck on his scratching post too.

“On the grand scheme of things, Teddy is fairly low maintenance. He likes to sleep a lot, particularly during the work hours, which works out for me!

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Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each fore paw, and four toes on each hind paw.


Polydactyl cats may have as many as nine digits on their front or hind paws.


Both Jake, a Canadian polydactyl cat, and Paws, an American polydactyl cat, were recognized by Guinness World Records as having the highest number of toes on a cat, 28.

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“Cats are very adaptable,” said Selvynna, “and they don’t know they are any different because that’s all they know. Even cats who are blind or deaf or even missing a limb can live very full lives.”

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