MC Paddler was born to our cat we used to have, Bunny. Bunny had deformed front legs, a mutation of the Hemingway Gene that makes polydactyl (extra) toes. Paddler was born normal and has those big mitten feet associated with polydactyl cats.
She’s really not much different than other black cats, outside of the toes, but she would rather hang out with my dogs, all Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes, than other cats. As a matter of fact, my Chis HATE cats, especially Pearl, my blue longhair female. But she likes this one. It has always baffled me as to why none of the dogs dislike her. But they don’t. All the dogs like Paddler for reasons only they can explain and they’re not talking. The MC in her name comes from “Mack’s Cat”…Mack being my three pound red Chi. She hangs out with Tubey Buddy, my two pound Chi more than anyone else. As small as Tubey is, one would think that she would mistake him for a prey animal: Paddler has caught mice bigger than Tubey.
The Paddler part of her name came later, when one day I heard a noise and couldn’t quite figure out what it was. It sounded oddly like someone walking around in wet galoshes. I investigated the noise and found Paddler slapping at the water in my freshwater aquarium and making the water move. She would slap the water first before she got a drink. And she will still slap at water and paddle in it to this day. She’s not interested in the fish in the least. It is playing in the water that amuses her.
She won’t drink water unless it’s paddled first. She shares a water bowl with my dogs and she annoys them quite frequently if she paddles in the water when they try to get a drink. Even more odd is the fact that when she paddles, she does it in such a way that her paws come out dry!
Watching Tubey and Paddler play is something else! She will chase him all over the house and then at some point, they will switch directions and Tubey will chase her back. She will pin Tubey down and lick his ears, clean him under the tail, and lick his belly and march on him. Then she’ll walk away and Tubey will nip at her and want to play. She doesn’t seem to mind the attention from the tiny teacup Chihuahua and will in fact, initiate play with him on a nearly constant basis. And if I get out a laser pointer, it’s double the fun. Tubey is just as amused by it, if not more-so than Paddler is.
Life would be so dull without our pets around.