Normal cats have eighteen toes, but an inhabitant of a Milwaukee animal shelter, a moggie named Daniel, has eight more. He’s what’s known as a “superscratcher”: an extremely polydactylous cat. (This is usually due to a dominant genetic mutation. Check out the pictures at the Wikipedia entry.)
As The Daily Mail reports, Daniel has become a cash cow (cash cat?) to raise money for an enlarged shelter, and they’re asking for donations of a dollar per toe:
Officials at the centre found out their rent at a Milwaukee-area mall was being doubled on January 1. So, the shelter is buying a new building and is seeking small donations of $26 – or $1 per toe.
They’ve collected enough so far to secure the financing with about $80,000 raised since October 24, but they hope to raise $120,000 by December 23 so they can become even more financially stable.
It’s a no-kill shelter, and you can donate here.
And a video:
This is not the record for toes, by the way. The Guinness Book of World Records pegs the most-toed cat as having 28 digits!