As most of you know, DG has a genetic anomaly known as "polydactylism" which is basically Greek for "the boy's got himself some extra toes".
I used to think it was a flaw, but that misconception was inevitably abandoned because the fact is that every one of my cats that happens to have this trait utilizes it to great efficacy in a wide variety of ways. Lucky opened doors, Raven stole meatballs and other morsels off people's plates, Diblet uses his to maintain balance and grip on the banister, and DG…
…DG often uses his non-retractable claws to anchor himself in place while he bathes and sleeps. There have actually been times when he would have slipped off the couch in a dead sleep if not for a single claw keeping his fuzzy bundle of a body stationary.
He uses them in other ways, as well. When I'm holding him, he uses them to ensure the ride lasts as long as he desires. I can reach up and dislodge his talons from the collar of my shirt if I want to set him down, but by the time I've gotten my hands positioned under his chest, he's already turned and buried the pointies in my shirt again. It's pretty much his way of informing me he's not in the mood to provide his own locomotion just yet, now take me over to the front window so I can look outside at the squirrels and birds thank you very much.
And let's not ever forget how he uses them to let me know he's been startled.
It's pretty hard to call DG's extra toes a flaw when he uses them so well.