Nikita came to visit us recently and she is a very special kitty. She is polydactyl, meaning she has more than the normal amount of toes! Cats normally have 18 toes. This abnormality is normally only found on the front paws. Nikita though has 7 toes on each of her front paws and 5 toes on each of her back paws, a very uncommon sight!
She also has tested positive for heartworm, an even rarer occurrence. Dogs and cats acquire heartworm disease from mosquitos. Heartworm disease in cats is rare because they are not a typical host of these parasites. Heartworms in cats only live up to 2-3 years in cats and sometimes resolve on their own without any treatment needed. Heartworm disease can cause a lot of problem for cats though. Signs to look for are lack of appetite, weight loss, respiratory distress, coughing, vomiting or lethargy. Nikita is under our care and doing great though!