A hand­some chap un­der all that dirt

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE RSPCA Hilling­don, Slough, Wind­sor, Kingston, Dis­trict is cur­rently car­ing for two kit­tens and three adult Poly­dactyl cats.

For those who may not be aware of the term, a poly­dactyl cat is one with a con­gen­i­tal phys­i­cal ano­maly called poly­dactyly that causes the cat to be born with more than the usual num­ber of toes on one or more of its paws.

Poly­dactyly is not a prod­uct of bad breed­ing, it is sim­ply a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring ge­netic vari­a­tion. Poly­dactyl cats are known by var­i­ous names – “mit­ten cats”, “thumb cats”, “six-fin­ger cats”, “Cardi cats” and “Hem­ing­way cats.

Cats with this ge­net­i­cally in­her­ited trait are most com­monly found along the East Coast of North Amer­ica (in the United States and Canada) and in South West Eng­land and Wales.

They were con­sid­ered lucky by sailors and these cats where taken aboard on ships as mas­cots and rat catch­ers and they were ex­tremely pop­u­lar as ship’s cats.

Let us tell you about Brian the Shih Tzu. When he first ar­rived with us, it wasn’t im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous even which way was up.

But good­ness, af­ter clip­ping and a good bath what a hand­some young chap we found had been hid­ing un­der that dirty mat­ted coat.

Brian, pic­tured right, another of our exbreed­ers from Wales and is still a lit­tle ner­vous of new things, but loves get­ting a fuss and is a real lit­tle char­ac­ter. He’s good with other dogs but would like a rel­a­tively quiet home, with­out young

is chil­dren, where he can get used to all the good things in life at his own pace. Could you give Brian all the love and the new start in life he badly needs?

Straw­berry (white) and Blue­bell (al­bino) are two very sweet girls hop­ing to find a lovely home to­gether. Like all rab­bits, they will re­quire a large, spa­cious hutch and a gen­er­ous sized run with plenty of room to play, stretch and ex­er­cise. With lots of love and at­ten­tion these would be two very happy bun­nies.

Can you of­fer a for­ever home to our lovely girls please?

If you think you can of­fer one of our an­i­mals a lov­ing home then please ring RSPCA Hilling­don Branch on 01895 833417 or visit our web­site www. rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org. uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

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