There Is Nothing Wrong With Being Different–So Don’t Stare!

OK, it’s not nice to stare. So, I’m a little different–what’s the big deal? Some people are shorter than average, some are larger than they should be, some people are born without a limb, some have abnormally large noses, some have wide gaps between their teeth, some have two different size ears, or two different color eyes. It’s not uncommon for humans to be born with extra toes or fingers like me–better known as Polydactyly. In fact, 1 in every 500 births can be affected–so–don’t stare!

Nicknames for polydactyl cats include “boxing cats“, “mitten cats“, “mitten foot cats“, “Vermont snowshoe cats“,”thumb cats“, “six-finger cats“, “Boston Thumb Cats“, “Cardi-cats“, “Hemingway cats“, and “double-pawed cats.”  Cats with this inherited trait are commonly found on the East Coast of the U.S. and Southwest England.

(IPhone photos compliments of D.C.)

Quote of the Day:

If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us,
do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.

The Merchant of Venice, Shylock’s speech, Shakespeare

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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5 thoughts on “There Is Nothing Wrong With Being Different–So Don’t Stare!

  1. What a beautiful cat, ( having said that I think of all cats as beautiful and smart and wise and ahh.. well, you get the idea :- ) Those extra little toes will probably come in handy one day and just add to his character.

  2. Aughhhhh,what a cutie…no, you shouldnt stare. I’m just so glad that he has four legs and can walk…..some, both animal and human cannot walk. Chris

  3. 🙂 My parents have a cat named Squeak who is polydactyl and also one of the sweetest, smartest cats I know. He brought home one of my parents cats who had been missing for months. His name comes from the fact that he doesn’t meow, he squeaks. It just goes to show you great things come from interesting packages.

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