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Update: Amerigo and Adagio have found their forever loving home. Meow!

Amerigo the foster kitty is ready for a new adventure in life. This little poly boy is still looking for a home. He and his sister Adagio want to be adopted together since they are inseparable. Both of them have big paws with many adorable toesies which make them extra cute!

cute poly foster kitten
Amerigo when he was only 19 days old
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Amerigo today, big fluffy paws!

Amerigo and his sister are located in New Prague, Minnesota. Here are more adorable pictures of Amerigo the poly boy:

cute rescue new born kitten toesies
cute tiny new born kitten hand held

This precious baby was born on April 30, 2011. Though the eyes aren’t opened yet, the little one loves to show off his 24 tiny toes (7, 6, 6, 5). She was born to a feral mama cat Heidi and has one brother who is also a polydactyl and a lovely calico sister. The rescuers are working day and night to look after the mama and her litter.

They will be available for adoption, once they are 8-12 weeks old. You can find them in the south of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Photos courtesy of ©Jean (flickr: wee3beasties).

cute one eyed tabby rescue cat sparkle
Sparkle the one-eyed wonder
cute one eyed rescue tabby cat plays with toy
Sparkle is playful and full of life

Written by ©Stephanie T.

Sparkle is a very special kitty. She is currently about 7 months old, and has been a part of my family for almost 2 months now.

I work at a no-kill animal shelter, and she and 3 of her litter-mates came to us as young kittens, with Upper Respiratory Infections (URI) and scabies. The scabies eventually got better, but they all were sick with the URI for quite a while. Sparkle ended up losing her eye to the URI. It spread to the eye, and damaged it so badly that it had to be surgically removed.

All of the kittens were very shy and skittish. She was probably the most skittish of the group. That night, after her surgery, she ended up coming home with me. I was the one who volunteered to foster her and make sure she made it ok through the night. My dad also helped me. She was sedated, but still very scared. I held her in my arms, wrapped in a blanket for hours.

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Cats normally have five toes on each front paw and four toes on each rear paw, but there is a number of cats that were born with one or more additional toes on their paws. They are called the polydactyl cat.

Ernest Hemingway was famous for his penchant for polydactyl cats. He received a six-toed cat from a sailing captain and fell in love with it ever since. After his death, his home was turned into a museum and a sanctuary for his cats. The cats resided there for generations and approximately half of the descendants were polydactyl cats. Hemingway’s love for polydactyl cats helped coin the slang, Hemingway cat or Hemingway, for these animals.

Polydactyl cats were born with a genetic mutation that changes their anatomical structure of having more than the normal number of toes on their paws. Usually polydactyl cats have six to seven toes on each front paw and/or hind paw. However, it is more common to find a polydactyl cat with more toes on the front paws than one that has only polydactyl hind paws.

Hemingway is not the only nickname to describe polydactyl cats. They are often called mitten foot, mitten cat, boxers, boxing cats, thumb cats, Cardi-cats, and so forth.

Some polydactyl cats may take a longer learning curve to learn to walk and climb than cats with normal number of digits on their paws. However, there are many cases where polydactyl cats have shown superior dexterity. Since they have six or seven toes, the extra toe(s) make it much easier for them to open latches or catch items with only one paw.

Polydactyl cats are most commonly found in the eastern coast of the United States and South West England.