Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Toesday: Guess Whose Toes!

Hello everyone!

Today we have a contest for all of you!  Can you guess which toes belong to which Sphynx?  We will have a prize for those who guess correctly!




Did you know that Sphynx toes are special?  We Sphynx frequently use our toes like fingers, catching and grabbing things with our toes.  According to the Cat Fanciers' Association Sphynx breed standard: "Paws are oval with well-knuckled toes; five in front and four behind. The paw pads are thick, giving the appearance of walking on cushions."  The TICA breed standard for Sphynx is similar: "Feet: Medium in size, oval shape with long, slender toes. The paw pads are thicker than in other breeds, giving the cat the appearance of walking on "air cushions". The toes are very long, slender and prominent."

Sphynx paws are also described as webbed, something you can see a bit more easily in this old photo of Dragonheart as a kitten, even though it's a bit blurry, or in the photo of Devi playing below it:

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Our toes do need to be cleaned regularly.  Because we have no fur for oil to distribute itself through, oil builds up on our paws, toes, and claws, just like it does on the rest of our skin.  Our claws, in particular, accumulate "black gunk" which is basically oil combined with dust, litter dust,

Good luck guessing whose toes are whose!  Let us know in the comments.  And did you learn anything about Sphynx toes, or did you already know all that?


Catio Tales said...

Dudes, this is tricky!!! #2 we are pretty sure is Devi, #1 we think is Dragonheart and #3 is Merlin but we'd not be surprised if that's wrong! And we can vouch for those webby, waxy paws! Seppo and Veikko do not like having their feet cleaned of gunk. Thank you for a very informative post - it is very good to educate the world on the delights of Nekkids.

Catio Tales said...

By the way, I meant to say that Äiti is supporting Iceland, and Germany in the Fussball. Her mother was German and she just got into the habit of supporting them. But after being so embarrassed to be English (because of Brexit) she was shouting for Iceland last night! They are our nordic brethren.

Anonymous said...

That is some great information, kitties, especially we know you and a few more of IG who are Sphinxies. We love your paws, have no idea which belongs to whom, but we give it a try. 1st Merlin's Paw..no make that Dragonheart, 2nd Merlin and third Devi's.. Good Luck who does really know :) Pawkisses :) <3

The Swiss Cats said...

Hard to say ! Let's say #1 is Devi, #2 Dragonheart, and #3 is Merlin. Purrs

da tabbies o trout towne said...

guys...we R gonna say



& thanx for de info ...we dinna noe yur toez be webbed

awesum ~~~

Brian's Home Blog said...

I might get one but then again I might not, but those are darn cool toesies!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Oh, I can't even begin to guess but you all sure have adorable toesies!!!

The Island Cats said...

Wow, you guys have the coolest toes! Has there ever been a sphynx that's also a polydactyl? Probably not. We'll take a wild guess and say #1 - Merlin, #2 - Devi and #3 - Dragonheart.

LP said...

We are going to guess: 1.Dragonheart 2. Merlin 3.Devi

We knew that their toes get gunky because rexes can have excess oils too (mostly in their ears though which need to be cleaned weekly!)

the critters in the cottage xo

Cathy Keisha said...

Devi is first then Merlin then Dragonheart I think. I learned about black gunk and your toes.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum got so confused we told her to give up as we wanted out dinner!

pilch92 said...

1. Devi 2. Dragonheart 3. Merlin That was hard- and fun.

Pretinha said...

Uau! Como é difícil! hihi
#3 é Merlin e os outros...