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!