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  1. I don’t think these cats are a result of some freakish experiment. Conjoined twins can occur in humans as well as animals and it’s thought to be caused by the malfunction of certain genes during the development of the embryo. In most cases, severely deformed fetus die in the early stages of pregnancy and are reabsorbed by the mother’s body.

    If Pauly was dumped for financial reasons, I don’t know why the owner didn’t think of setting up a funding page asking for help towards the costs. I’m sure a lot of people would have been happy to make donations.

    Given how rare a 6 legged cat is, it seems very strange that no-one has comforward to identify who Pauly really is. He doesn’t look underweight, so someone has been feeding him. Did his owners never have visitors who saw Pauly? If he lived as a stray then surely he’d have been picked up and taken to a rescue before now?

    • The story has some blanks. I’ll do a bit of digging on the internet and see if I can come up with something on his background.

  2. It’s curious that Pauly should be found in Edmonton, because in 2005 a 6 legged, ginger tabby was collected from Edmonton A.C. by a cat rescue organisation.

    Willoughy was around 1 year old and appeared to be a well cared for pet, but no-one came forward to claim him. He had 4 front legs, two of which had fused together on one side. The two on the other side were shorter and so deformed that they were a hindrance when he walked. Willoughby made a full recovery from the surgery to amputate the 2 deformed limbs and settled in well with the other residents at the Hervey Foundation for Cats.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Pauly is not neutered and has probably never been seen by a vet. I’m sure any vet would have recommended amputating the non-functioning limbs a long time ago. Or they would come forward now to provide the name of the owner to the rescue. The potential cost of fixing Pauly’s medical problems, may be what led to him being abandoned by his owners. I hope the surgery goes well for him and that he finds a lovely new home in the not too distant future.

    • I think your assessment of Pauly’s plight is correct, Michele.
      But, in 100 degree weather here right now, mating is suspended until, perhaps fall season, when the temp may drop below 90 degrees. I’m sure that other areas, that experience real seasonal changes, have a different experience. But, today, no cat would have any interest in procreating at all.

        • I so wish that our nights would cool off enough; not so much really. But, very, very few cats around me aren’t neutered.
          When I awaken at 2 AM to prepare for my rounds at 3 AM, it’s not so cool outside. I’m talking scalp soaked and droplets from the very ends of my hair, as well as soaked clothing when I return home.

    • What a coincidence that Willoughy comes from the same place. I makes me wonder if it is a coincidence. Some sort of Frankenstein-like failed breeding programme going on in someone’s back room!

      I think your assessment is quite possibly correct. You wouldn’t have abandoned him, though, would you?

    • Yes, that is a good point. Most of the world’s stray cats and feral cats are in warm climates. I think the climate plays a very big role in the number of feral and stray cats that one sees outside. So for example in Britain we rarely see feral cats but apparently in America at least in the warmer parts of America a lot of people see them a lot of the time and certainly in the Mediterranean countries the same applies.

      • Exactly. They’re everywhere here in Florida, ie. every abandoned building, vacant parking lot, bushy area… If people would only stay alert, maybe more would be helped.

        • You experience something that we in Britain do not. We just don’t see feral cats. They don’t exist to us. Just occasionally, perhaps, we might see one or it is a stray. But true feral cats are hardly ever seen and that applies to the whole of the UK.

      • Cats are long-day breeders. As there are more daylight hours in sunnier climates, the cat breeding season goes on for longer than it would in cold climates. This also contributes to the increased numbers of feral and strays in some regions.

    • Yes, I despair sometimes. I was listening to the radio this morning and there were two cases of cat cruelty mentioned in the UK. One stabbed and one poisoned. The presenter could not understand why people do these things. Evil people.

  3. I wonder where he’s been all this time, and what happened to his guardian. I’m glad to know that he will be given the care that can enhance his life.

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