Thumbellina (Lina for short)

by Diane
(Calgary,Alberta,Canada)

Lina was a stray that my neighbor had been feeding. When my daughter saw her it instant love and we took her in. The vet confirmed that she has "mittens" on both front paws with an extra dew claw also on the outside of her thumb. Only one of her back paws has an extra toe as well which surprised the vet. Her thumbs are fully functional, she always puts them down first when she steps and uses them to try to grab interesting things from our hands. Oh yes, Lina was the name she responded to so we went with it. She is all black, very sleek with long legs and quite the talker. Lina has a strange habit of stretching out with her back legs pads up and reminds me of an otter. She is so funny, I couldn't imagine her not being with us. Haven't been able to get a picture yet, She is young and isn't still for more than 3-4 seconds at a time.
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by: Leena

LOL - I know what you mean about not being able to take a photo of her. Our cats do the same - they pose nicely but the second you plan on taking the photo they scoot away and you end up with a furry blur in the photo.

With all the stories about polydactyls being able to grab things with their extra thumbs it surprises me that not all cats are polydactyls. Surely that is an asset when hunting?

And you can certainly have long conversations with a cat. I just watched a documentary where they told that the cats don't "chat" with each other so much, but even more so with their humans. II wonder if they are trying to teach us their language... ;)

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