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One in a million cat put up for adoption, but what makes her so special?

Porsha is a polydactyl cat cat-wow
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A one in a million cat is looking for her last forever home after being put up for adoption.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 09/05/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:47

At first glance, four-year-old Porsha looks just like any other kitty. But take a closer look, and you'll notice something slightly unusual about this feline.

Porsha is a polydactyl cat, which means she has a few more toes than other cats. In fact, she's got an extra one on both front paws!

A rare but perfectly healthy kind of cat

Polydactyly is a rare genetic condition. And although the extra digits may look unusual, polydactyl cats are perfectly healthy.

Porsha is currently being cared for by the East Northumberland branch of Cats Protection.  Sara Muir is the branch coordinator. She said:

“Unfortunately, her elderly owner could no longer care for Porsha and has entrusted Cats Protection to find her a perfect new home. She was very well looked after, maybe a bit too much as she’s now on a diet.”

Like Porsha, polydactyl cats usually have their extra toes on the front paws only. It's rare for them to have extra toes on the hind paws and cats with extra digits on all four paws are even more unique.

Cats with a few extra claws are most common on the East Coast of North America, South West England, and Wales.

According to folklore, sailors valued polydactyl cats for their extraordinary climbing and hunting abilities, although it's important to note that there's no definitive proof that these cats are more athletic.

Ancient superstitions about cats with extra toes

Some sailors also believed polydactyl cats brought good luck on long voyages.

Other weren't so keen on these very rare cats. In many parts of Medieval Europe,  polydactyl cats were hunted down and killed by superstitious locals who believed they were demons in a feline form!

If you can offer Porsha a loving new home, email the East Northumberland branch of Cats Protection on bedlingtoncats@live.com.