A handsome chap under all that dirt
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.