April 22, 2009

Missy: A cat with extra toes and special powers

OK, after finding homes for a litter of 10 puppies, Countryside Humane Society now has something for the rest of you: How about a kitty with special powers?

Up for adoption is a sweet, playful 2 1/2-year-old cat named Missy. She is gray with faint tiger stripes. But wait, there's more!

There is something really cool about her, we're told: She is Polydactyl. Oftentimes called a Hemingway cat, Missy has extra toes on every foot!

Polydactyl are believed to be more intelligent than the average cat. Ship captains used them on their boats as they believed them to be more balanced on board and the best at catching vermin. Maggie Skovera of Countryside says, "My grandmother, a dairy farmer, always called their extra toes 'mousing toes' and also believed them to be the best at catching vermin and smarter than the average cat."

Hopefully, whoever adopts Missy will let us know -- in six months or so -- whether all this is true!

To check out Missy, and to count her toes yourself, visit the Countryside Humane Society at 2706 Chicory Road, or call (262) 554-6699.

1 comment:

  1. She is cute. My name is Cindy and I am interested in her. You can reach me at 262-237-7712. Having extra toes doesn't bother me. She is adorable.
    Cindy Hoch