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Paw deformities

It has been suggested to me that I should open a proper topic, andinvite discussion about my Lorke's 'special toes', so here goes ;-)

When Lorke was about 6 months old I first noticed that her feet are not quite how they should be; on both her hind feet the middle toes are fused together.
'Deformities' sounds too severe, but still ;-)
Her toes are individually formed, she has 4 fully functional nails on each foot, and they are cleft on the top side.
On the bottom side however, the middle toes share 1 pad or cushion and skin, and those 2 toes per side cannot move independently or spread out.
If one didn't already know it, it's barely noticeable, and Lorke's not hindered by it in any way, except maybe a disadvantage in balancing, 'cos she can't spread her feet well.

I think it's a mild form of syndactyly, the opposite of polydactyly (or extra toes).
I can't find very much about it, most info is about it's most extreme form 'lobster feet' (which by the way always affects the front paws I believe, and in Lorke's case it's the hind paws only).
Has anyone here seen it before?
Everyone I've shown them to, or told about, hasn't so far.

A couple of days ago I learned that one of her siblings has it as well, and I actually suspect all 4 of this litter have it, more or less obvious.
Could it be hereditary?
Lorke also has PL, and it turnes out so does another sibling of hers.
Could there be any relation between the PL and the toes?
I have also heard it suggested that deworming the queen shortly before conception may affect the development of the extremities of the kittens, has anyone heard that before?


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  • I've had one kitten with a deformed hind toe - the outer (smallest) toe was about half the length it should have been and the difference in size has become more far apparent now he is adult (about a third normal length). Normal claw. The same kitten had a bad right angled kink in his tail - but this could have been an injury in the nest - I just don't know. To begin with the tail kink would straighten if manipulated. Then it eventually fused as a kink. His siblings were normal.

    With two siblings (at least) showing the same defect, I would say Lorki's fused toes is a hereditary defect.
  • Hi Marianne,
    thanks for the link, the pictures of the red cat halfway down the messybeast page are exactly it!
    The info in this article seems to suggest it's not hereditary, in this form of syndactyly at least.
    Finding out about parents and other offspring is more easily said than done ;-)
    It just struck me as odd, that both the toes and PL are spread throughout this litter.

    Hi Elizabeth,
    that kitten turned out otherwise perfectly allright?
    You haven't heard of deworming the queen causing (minor) defects in paws and tails of the litter either?
  • Hi Barbara

    Yes, the kitten was absolutely fine otherwise - he's now 4 years old.

    I haven't heard of worming queens affecting their kittens either. I don't as a general rule worm my adult cats (indoor only) - so the mother of this kitten was not wormed before pregnancy. (I do worm all kittens as a precaution.)

    Barbara said:
    Hi Elizabeth,
    that kitten turned out otherwise perfectly allright?
    You haven't heard of deworming the queen causing (minor) defects in paws and tails of the litter either?
  • Hi Barbara
    It sounds not for me that deworming give this default i ask it on my vet
    I think that we as breeder more open to what kind of fault we breed and not say it is from this or that
    And i have never hear of this in my 27 years breeding in what kind of cats we breed

    Elizabeth Brown said:
    Hi Barbara

    Yes, the kitten was absolutely fine otherwise - he's now 4 years old.

    I haven't heard of worming queens affecting their kittens either. I don't as a general rule worm my adult cats (indoor only) - so the mother of this kitten was not wormed before pregnancy. (I do worm all kittens as a precaution.)

    Barbara said:
    Hi Elizabeth,
    that kitten turned out otherwise perfectly allright?
    You haven't heard of deworming the queen causing (minor) defects in paws and tails of the litter either?
  • Adrie, just for the record, it wasn't Lorke's breeder that came up with the worming idea ;-)
  • Oke thats nonsince when you will not open then you say what she wanted to say i will check this story by other breeders

    Barbara said:
    Adrie, just for the record, it wasn't Lorke's breeder that came up with the worming idea ;-)
  • Euhm, Adrie, ik begrijp niet zo goed wat je nu wilde zeggen 9.gif
    Wellicht beter even in het nederlands, maar Lorke's fokker is dus niet degene die het idee van een ontworming opperde, zij heeft er nooit enige uitspraak over gedaan ;-)
    Dit komt van een fokker (ander ras) die hier niets mee te maken heeft, en zij heeft het ook alleen maar gezegd als iets dat ze wel eens had horen zeggen, en nooit als feit neergelegd.
    Ik opperde het hier vervolgens ook, omdat ik het een interessant idee vind, de moeite waard om navraag naar te doen.
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