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Oct 11, 2007

Kitteh with opposable thumbs will take over the worrrld

Check out this kitteh with "hands" over at the Tacoma, WA Humane Society.

She's sporting a pair of thumbs! (And obviously has plans to bring the kitteh species forward with her marvelous mutation...)


Here she is showing off by drawing a Turkey (see beak and hat)


For more prosh pics and more details on Willamena, check out the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee!

Sender-Inner Laurie C. says she's seen "a lot of extra toes" but never hands!

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Cute cute cute cute. Chicken, run!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Is it just polydactyl, or is there sumtings else going on here?

Love the turkey! Gwobble-gwobble!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:18 AM


 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Please, Lord, do not let this kitteh team up with the skwerlz nad otterz!!!! They do NOT need such a strong Ally!

I freakin' LOVE the turkey!!!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Frick! A delay!!! No bleen for me - again. Just once..le'me!


 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Awwww! Baby kitty "hand" turkey..
Now that's just too sweet! :)

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:26 AM

OMG! Daaaarling! I'm speechless.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:28 AM

*dies from an overload of cute*

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Another thumb kitteh!! We have one with the opposables, too! He gets in so much mischief now that he has learned to pick things up using his "hands"!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Our thumb kitty playing pool and napping!


 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:36 AM

Harper...he could hitch-hike with those! Super cute!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:41 AM

the animal c-o-n-spericy thickens in its eeevilness

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:41 AM

"One day I will master doorknobs... and the world will be MINE!! MINE!!!! Bwahahahahaha!!! (*paws* - er, I mean *pause*) BWAHAHAHAHA!!!"

We better all start putting those knobs a little higher up!

Keith Handy
 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Kind of makes you wonder... What if they slowly develop more hominid features?

On a basic level, evolution states that living things evolve into whatever they need to in order to make life easier.

Maybe kittens need hands now? They don't really have to hunt for food anymore, so they don't need the speed and agility that comes with four legs. Could kitties one day end up walking upright like the rest of us? Could they develop speech? I've heard kitties that sound like they're talking before...

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:48 AM

I love that she doesn't even wake up for the turkey picture. Can a bowl of warm water be far behind?

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:50 AM

I'm havink a thought hea!
A polydactyl kitty making a turkey is perfect!
Anyone? Anyone?
Because, in the U.S. there are more polydactyls on the east coast. In England there are more on the southwest coast. The polydactyl kitters came to America from the southwest of England.
Plymouth, England. Plymouth, Massachussetts. Mayflower. Pilgrims.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 10:50 AM

I want to schnorgle the pawses!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:00 AM

Holy cow, Harper. Your cat could hold a hammer with those paws! Or a sword. I'd sleep with one eye open, I think. :)

And I'm impressed with the turkey. My thumbs are fully opposable, and I can't even draw that well.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:00 AM


 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:03 AM

Wups, according to Wikipedia, polydactyl cats originated in Boston. Oh well. That takes the stuffing out don't it.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:03 AM

I, for one, welcome our cutey-wutey soft, cuddly kitty overlords.

fish eye no miko
 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Adorable! I agree polys are probably a positive evolutionary step. And we all know cats wish to RULE THE WORLD!! =)

I'm imagining anthropomorphic kittehs walking and talking like humans. Well, a girl can dream.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Wow. I've always said the if MY kittles had opposable thumbs, that would be the end of whatever rule or authority I have in the house, lol!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:05 AM

yowsers, Harper!!! r those kitty hands real??

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:07 AM

Eeee! I have a thumb-cat too! Her paws are much more tufted with fur, though (part Maine Coon, I believe). Now, my boyfriend doesn't want anything but a cat with thumbs.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:09 AM

So far he only picks up his toys and drinking straws (best toy ever!) Max does have a habit of sitting on my chest when I am asleep and patting at me with one paw though...

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:10 AM

If I tried to get my cats to do that, they'd claw holes in the paper and then chew it up to bits.
:( But that is so unbelievably cuuute!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:18 AM

she all thumbs! ^^

i wub her

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:26 AM


Such a kayoot kitteh! I shall steal you.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:31 AM

I am trying to change my diet and have decided that whenever I have a craving for something sweet, I'll just click on my CO shortcut and get my fix of oh so delectibul kitty toes, bunny ears and duckie down. Yummmmmmeeeee!!!!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:31 AM

I think this is called a polydactyl cat or a Hemmingway Cat. Sweet kitty.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:32 AM

And yes, those are totally Max's real hands :) I have tons of pics of him (not obsessed at all, really!)

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:33 AM

This reminds me of an interactive joke I used to annoy, I mean, amuse people with.

Draw a chicken (just a sort of side view chicken form, with beak, tail feathers, stick feet, and a wing).
Approach someone and say "I have a visual test I'd like you to help me with. As I point to each part of the chicken, I want you to say the word for that part three times."
(use a pencil to point)
Point to beak. Person hesitantly, but obediently says "beak beak beak." You say "good," or some other encouraging comment.

Now, point to tail or feets. Person, looking increasingly embarassed, says "tail tail tail," or "feets feets feets." You say "right," or "good job," or something reinforcing.

Now, point to wing. Person says "wing wing wing."

You say "Heywwoh?"

my cat is a blob
 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:34 AM

I hope that somebody in need of a thumbed kitteh sees this and adopts her (or him).

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Haaaaaaaa! The turkey. THE TURKEY! Funniest ever.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:36 AM

oh dear. cuteoverload is far too cute today . . . far, far, far too cute.

gah!!! tidgie hand/paw!!!!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Oh, sweet merciful God!

The turkey! Stop!!!

That may be the most adorable thing I've ever seen :)

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:47 AM

I love the thumbs! I bet kitteh grows up to walk on his hind pawses, too. I

I'm envisioning him uncurling after a nap on the couch, walking over to the pantry, grabbing a can of Friskies,a box of crackers and a knife, opening the can and spreading some delicious seafood "pate" on the crackers. Of course, then, he'll say, in an Orson Welles kind of voice, "I think a nice, dry Chardonnay would be lovely with this...."

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:48 AM

I was doing ok until the turkey photo. Then my brain exploded.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:48 AM

WARNING. Do not click on the link to the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. I repeat - DO NOT CLICK.

You have been warned...

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Aw. The itty bitty kitty is doing turkey draw-rings!

Very very witty.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:56 AM

What a little doll! She might just start a trend:
Kitten Mittens, with an extra thumbpiece for those kitties who like to throw snowballs!

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 11:58 AM

A Polydactyl! My favorite! :)

Cara Marie
 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Awwww... looks just like my kitten. Except my kitten doesn't have such wee adorable thumbs. <3

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:06 PM

Harper I'm sorry but those thumbs kind of skeer me

BUT the turkey picture is just too much for me - awfulhorribleoverload.com here I come.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Oh. My. God.
Is this a portent of things to come? First they'll be mastering doorknobs and can openers. Then they'll be knitting their own mittens and playing the guitar. Let's face it, the human race will soon be redundant...

Alice Shortcake
 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:11 PM

OMG! The turkey drawing put me right over the cuteness limit!

I used to have a solid black kitty that was polydactyl. His front feet looked like wittle boxing gloves.

Tanks fer teh cayuteness!

Patty P
 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:12 PM

I had two kitties with thumbs when I was a teenager.

and Harper - my Bubbsy thought straws were the best cat toy too. (He wasn't a thumb kittie.) He would carry it back to us to throw and if we weren't interested, he'd toss it under a chair and "surprise" the straw.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Willamena for President!!

I would vote for her.

 |  Oct 11, 2007 at 12:15 PM

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