What is a Mitten Cat or a Thumb Cat?

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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – My neighbor says she has a mitten cat. What does that mean?

Jenna B.

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email Jenna. You wrote asking what is a mitten or thumb cat. A mitten foot, mitten cat or thumb cat refers to a condition called Polydactyly. It is a condition that a cat is born with extra toes.

An article that might be helpful to you is Polydactyly in cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra





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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.