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?