All You Need to Know About Polydactyl Cats

April 13, 2018 3 Comments

All You Need to Know About Polydactyl Cats

Catss that have extra toes are called Polydactyl Cats. Polydactyly isn't something that's uncommon in cats but it sure is something that gives your kitty a unique look. 

In this blog post, I will go through a few facts about Polydactyl cats. 

Facts About Polydactyl Cats

Let's just take a look at some cool and freaky facts about Polydactyl cats, shall we? 

It is a genetic abnormality 

The word Polydactyl has Greek origins. “Poly” meaning “many” and “daktylos” meaning “digits.” If you have a normal cat, she'll have a total of 18 toes---five on the front paws, and four on the rare paws. 

However, if you own a polydactyl kitty, she'll have as many as 8 toes on each paw!

They're known as Hemingway cats

Writer Ernest Hemingway was gifted a Polydactyl cat named Snowball by a ship captain. The writer got a kind of an obsession with these extra-toed beauties and collected more than 50 of these cats. 

28 toes are the world record as of now

A ginger tabby from Canada named Jake has 7 toes in each paw---which totals up to 28 paws. 

It's common in Maine Coons

These cats find their origins in the snowy Maine. At one time, as many as 40 percent of all Maine Coons had extra toes. 

Do you have a Polydactyl cat? If so, let me know in the comments!


3 Responses

Robyn Michalecki
Robyn Michalecki

April 28, 2018

My Maine Coon has one extra finger/toe on each paw

Kim
Kim

April 28, 2018

Yes, I have one. :)

Mary Lara
Mary Lara

April 28, 2018

I did and someone stole them I don’t know where to get one

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