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Jan 07, 2007

This just in: Kittehs have EVOLVED!

Evolved Kitteh mutant "Amstel" is proof that OPPOSABLE THUMBS aren't just for humans and monkehs any more. Soon, kittehs everywhere will be turning doorknobs, using can-openers, and programming C++.



Amstel in the sink, evolved to drinking straight outta the tap. What's next? Fixing the plumbing herself can't be far behind.


This is the best part. Sender-inner Kathleen A. says that "Amstel" reminds her of a Star Wars AT-AT (with honkin' feet). High-larious.


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Oh my, she is so precious.
But that doesn't look like normal polydactylism(?) does it? It looks more like she's got 1.5 feet on each front foot. I love her!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:41 AM

What a sweet sleeper... I, for one, welcome our new cute kitteh overlords. ;-)

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:43 AM

The 1.5 feet is proof that Amstel is two! two! two kittens in one!

This is just the cute one. The other one is kinda scary.

Peg of Tilling
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:45 AM

How many extra toes does she have? It looks like she has either 7 or 8! I have one like that--he looks like he has little mittens on! CUUUUUTE!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:47 AM

Ahhhhhh, she looks like she's wearing mittens.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:50 AM


 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:50 AM

SUPER Polydactyl Kitten!

I wanna see what her back paws look like!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:54 AM

Awww.... other than her extraordinary extremities... she looks like Pooh Bear! http://musicchick2.vox.com/library/photo/6a00c225258f2bf21900cdf7e2988c094f.html
'Course he's, uh, goofy in his own unparalleled way.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 11:59 AM

what a precious girl! There's just more paw-pads to kees and snorgle and play with! keep on evolvin'!

chet's momma
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:01 PM

My kitten has extra toes too, but his actually are bigger!!! i guess i've gotta send in a pic of him and his toesizzles. he's black and white and so we named him jellicle (for those old possum fans) but since he was such a fat kitten, we call him jelly belly. he actually got the genes from his mommy, jennyanydots. i have pics of her, jelly belly, and the rest of his litter here: http://pic4.piczo.com/TheSwedishGirl/?g=17968088

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:05 PM

SUPER pawsitude!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:06 PM

mind you, the pictures on my site are from months ago, so they're much bigger now!! =(^.^)=

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Hmmm...this is kinda scary, because if kittehs evolve & are able to open cans, what will they need humans for?? I better start being nice to the office cat.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:24 PM

What a prosh little girl!
And the extra tosies just make her extra special and cute!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Yay for polydactyly! My brother's cat ties the record for number of toes at 28. Check out Clyde halfway down this page: http://www.messybeast.com/poly-cats2.html

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:36 PM

I, for one, welcome our Qte newly-thumbed overlords.

Love the mitten feets. So much cuter than regular polydactyls.

w00t for Amstel AT-AT!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:40 PM

lol, they look like mittens. kittens with mittens! freaky

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:42 PM

I love the Yeti Kittis!!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Aw, such a sweet baby.
Might I recommend we have a "sleepy/sleeping animals" category? There's just something sooo cute about sleepy or sleeping animals that I really think it needs its own category.Or maybe it should be a Rule of Cuteness (C)? There definitely needs to be some acknowledgment of the cuteness of sleepy and sleeping animals! ^_^

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 01:03 PM

Awwww. <3 I openly welcome our kitty counterparts and their opposable thumbs. :D

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 01:08 PM

FeeeeeetS!!! moosie feeeeeets......

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 01:15 PM

Rosie -- your pets are just the sweetest.....

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 01:19 PM

Rosie... I really hope you're not breeding deformed kittens. Sure an extra thumb or no tail aren't extreme and I'm sure your kittens are healthy, but something about that just rings so wrong.
I really hope your kittens ONLY have those minor deformaties and nothing else turns up wrong with them in the future (same goes for future litters).
As for the pics.. it's such a cute kitten. I love how they sleep.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 01:28 PM

What a sweetie.
Opposable thumb or not, I think she'd still keep us around.
Opening a can is little bit too much like work.

Though opening doorknobs can happen with no cat thumbs already -- just takes some motivation.

Programming the computer?
I thought that was already happening too.


There's a lot of info on polydactylism in cats.
It seems to be a mostly harmless trait, unless otherwise it's involved in serious inbreeding.

Turns up randomly a lot too.
Puss here doesn't look like an overbred show cat and so is almost certainly just fine.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 01:44 PM

I don't know...Sorry to be a bummer but the 2nd pic really freaked me out. Paws down = mittens!! But, paws up = TOO MANY TOES!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 02:21 PM

Doesn't anyone find this sort of scary?! Do kitties with this superpaw have any other genetic disorder??

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 02:24 PM

Try googling polydactyl cats.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 02:32 PM

That kitten's got mittens!

Seriously tho, one of my friends has a cat with thumbs too. Creep-ay.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 02:38 PM


 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 02:52 PM

My cat doesn't need extra toes to open cupboards. When mice get into the pots and pans he opens the doors and goes after them.

And then we have to wash all the pots and pans...

R. Moore
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 02:54 PM

Holy polydactylism, Batman!! Wow.... two-headed babbeh cows and seven-toed kittehs... what will they think of next?! Personally, I think the kitteh is awesome! Great way to end my weekend - another fab-oooh post from CO!

jenni joon
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 03:20 PM

My kittles Summer already manages to open doors, cabinets, etc. -- we actually had to install LOCKS on the closets and bathroom door, to keep her from getting in, lol!

I've always maintained that if she ever gets opposable thumbs, we'll REALLY be in trouble!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 03:22 PM

it's not nice to call a birth defect gross.
just sayin.'
even if this cat is a little disturbing, it's freaking cute!

someone in another thread groused tht there are too many cats on co. this site used to be 99% hamsters, and I loved it then despite the cat-paucity. and now with cats ruling the roost it is even better!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 03:31 PM

holy kittin mittins batman!!!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 03:40 PM

more toes to snorgle...

Is it just me or do pics of sleepy aminals make you sleepy too? Makes me just wanna curl up with my mini schnauzer and take a nice wittle nhap

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 03:44 PM


 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 03:49 PM

As I firmly believe, with kittens with extra toes, there is simply more to love. Teh Kittehs are delectable no matter how many toeses they sport.

A thinker
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:13 PM

...And for anybody worried/grossed out by polydactylism, it's a very common and perfectly harmless genetic VARIANT, not defect, in cats. Some of the polys I've known have been some of the healthiest, lovingest, most wonderful cats EVER.

A thinker
 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:14 PM

I can't quite tell from the photos, but the kitteh might not be just polydactyl but rather have the start of a second paw (there's not only toes, but a second paw-pad). Our old kitty Shiro had the start of a second pad, making for huge front feet. As long as we kept an eye on his nails, which grew quickly and could hook into his new toes and pad, he was quite all right...he once caught a hummingbird, just to show what a good hunter he was!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:32 PM

Amstel, move over, I'm coming there. :)

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:36 PM

Drat, can't find the name for the condition in which the second paw forms, but here's a link to Reilly, a kitten with toes 'n' toes 'n' toes, and an extra paw-pad on each front foot: http://www.siue.edu/~cbwilso/reilly.htm
Reilly looks like a CO candidtate, too!

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:37 PM

(And if the Empire had had Amstel at its disposal, those wretched Rebels would never have won...he's way cuter than any smelly Ewok!)

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:39 PM


of jenny's litter, we only kept jelly (the black & white) and the rest went to good homes. jelly is a lot bigger now and seems to have only one thing wrong with him now that's he's gown up-- he's one of the most evil little cat's i know!!! i mean, sure EVERY time i sit down he comes over, even when i push him away, and he loves being held like a baby, but don't let that fool you!!! he and his fellow minions are constantly breaking/ruining/jumping upon EVERYTHING in sight!! our table looked like the isle at a marriage because we HAD roses up there, but hy knocked all the petals off of them and scattered them all over the table. and our poor, poor christmas tree...do i need to say more?? ahhh the joys of owning an extra-thumbed cat...

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:53 PM

and bats:

ewoks were one of the best and cutest of the characters in star wars!!! how can you not love giant, suicidal teddy bears?? and they're not smelly... yur just too cruel =(

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 04:55 PM

Oh my - I think she is my Max kitty's long lost sibling! She is adorable! Max is a poly as well and yes, he uses those paws to open cabinets and steal straws out of glasses and get into much other mischief!
2 pics of Max for you :)

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 05:39 PM

Soon the new kitty species will rule the earth...yay

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 05:47 PM

woot! we have new cuteness category - SCARY CUTE

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 05:53 PM

My kitty opens doorknobs already.... It scares the heck out of me.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 06:18 PM

Hey, Harperking, love the pictures of Max. Cutecutecute!!!! What a great smile on his sleepy little face.

 |  Jan 07, 2007 at 06:31 PM

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