December 3, 2023


Regardless of an unusually heat fall, current winter climate blew greater than cooler temperatures via the doorways of Helen Woodward Animal Heart. 

As if prepped for the nippiness, seven lovely polydactyl kittens arrived exhibiting off their fluffy mittens.  

Potential adopters hoping to take residence these lovely and uncommon felines ought to get to Helen Woodward Animal Heart at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 to be first in line.

A polydactyl cat is a feline with a congenital bodily anomaly inflicting the cat to be born with greater than the standard variety of toes on a number of of its paws. (Regular cats have a complete of 5 toes on every fore paw, and 4 toes on every hind paw; polydactyl cats might have as many as 9 digits on their entrance or hind paws.) 

Quite a lot of lore surrounds polydactyls however there’s normal settlement that the unfold of the breed was a results of the felines touring on ships between Boston and Nice Britain. Sailors had been identified to worth polydactyl cats, particularly for his or her climbing and searching skills, which aided in controlling shipboard rodents, and so they even thought the cats introduced good luck at sea. 

The Heart’s particular arrival of “Kittens in Mittens” didn’t come by ship, nonetheless.  These seven polydactyls had been a part of a Southern California transport of three totally different litters, every together with the multi-toed balls of fluff.

“It’s been a difficult 12 months for shelters throughout the nation,” Adoption Companies Director Kendall Schulz mentioned.  “Adoptions are down and financial prices are up which may dampen the temper however that’s the great thing about working with animals.  Day by day we see issues that delight and shock us.  For any cat-lover who has ever swooned over a kitten toe bean… I can inform you there was way over the conventional swoon-worthy materials on this one transport.”

The seven polydactyl kittens named Bailey, Kahlua, Mocha, Espresso, Pepper, Corn, and Etta have every been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped in preparation for locating their eternally households on Nov. 18. 

Those that want to undertake considered one of these particular kittens ought to know that every tiny kitten comes outfitted with winter-sized mittens large enough to knock each merchandise off the counter but in addition with hearts heat sufficient to maintain you toasty all season lengthy.

The polydactyl kittens can be found to brighten up your winter starting Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m.   For extra data on these kittens and different out there orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Heart, please contact the Adoptions Division at 858-756-4117 ext. 1, or go to