Extra Carpal Claw or Pad On My Cat
My one yr old mixed breed male cat has the usual pads & claws, except he also has an extra growth above the carpal pad. It looks like a claw, but is soft like a pad & doesn't retract. He has one each on the lateral side of his front legs and each one is about an inch above his carpal pads.
He likes to have his feet rubbed & he doesn't react to my touching this extra growth.
Any ideas what this is or what it can tell me about him?
The growths are well above any weight bearing areas; really at the wrist level. The only other unusual thing I've noticed about him is that his back legs are much longer than his front.
Thanks for any help you can provide!Vet Suggestion Polydactyl Cat
I’m having a little trouble picturing what you are describing. My best guess is that you have a “polydactyl” cat, meaning that he has extra toes on his feet.
This condition is not uncommon in cats. In fact, the Hemingway House on Key West is famous for the colony of polydactyl cats (in addition to being the author’s home, of course).
The only concerns we have with polydactyl cats are that the extra toes can sometimes be injured if they snag on things and the nails need to be trimmed regularly.
Ask your veterinarian to take a look at your cat’s feet during his next exam. He or she will be able to determine if your cat really is a polydactyl.
Jennifer Coates, DVM