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How common is a polydactal cat?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

polydactal-catsPolydactal is a fancy word for extra fingers and toes. Polydactal cats are known for having paws that look like big mittens. Because Ernest Hemingway’s cats are famous for their extra toes,  polydactals are sometimes referred to as “Hemingway” cats. Normal cats have four toes on each paw. As well as a “do” claw on each front leg.  The polydactal cats can have up to seven toes per paw.The extra digits are usually in the front but sometimes all four paws are affected. The defect is an inherited genetic abnormality. It’s generally not a problem for the cat. However, owners of polydactal cats do have their work cut out for them when it’s time for a toe nail trimming.  Keep plenty of cat toys on hand to occupy your cats attention while trimming all of these toes.



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