Reader Chris submitted his cat Clyde Stubbletail, a double mutant with no tail but extra toes. I think you’ll agree, though, that he’s a handsome lad:
This is Clyde. Clyde Stubbletail – named after a former drummer for James Brown, Clyde Stubblefield. He is a completely tailless (a “rumpy”), polydactyl, Maine Coon Manx. He’s sweet and handsome and when he does something clever, he lets you know by cocking his head and strutting with what I swear looks like a smile. His genetic condition makes him sensitive to too much handling, but at night he snuggles up to us, sucks his thumb, and purrs. That’s when he loves to be petted. We adopted him from an extension of the Humane Society, where, we suspect, he was on his final days. When my wife and I first met him, he was stressed, sick, and biting whoever handled him. So we decided to come back later in the week. Within a few days though, we received a phone call telling us that if we came right away and took him, the Society would wave the adoption fees. We didn’t want to ask too many questions so we went down and picked him up. He has a few problems because of his genetics, but he is so quirky that everyone, including the vet, thinks he’s amazing.