7 Things to Know About Polydactyl Cats
Most cats have a total of 18 toes — five on each of their front feet
and four on each of the back. But some felines are born with extra toes. Those kitties are
polydactyl, a Greek term meaning many digits or toes.
Since polydactyl cats are so fascinating and cool looking, we paired fun facts about polydactylism with adorable photos of our readers’ extra-toed kitties. Check out the photo gallery below to learn more.
Fact No. 1: They're also known as Hemingway cats.
Reader photo: Sweet Pollyanna, who has the perfect name for a polydactyl, folds her paws.
Fact No. 2: They've been around a long time.
Reader photo: "This is my polydactyl named Finn!" writes his proud owner. "Six thumbs total in front and three in the back! I've never seen a cat with dewclaws in the back, especially with multiple!"
Fact No. 3: It's sometimes genetic.
Reader photo: This beauty, whose name is Jill, is one of two polydactyls living in her home. She has seven toes on each of her front paws.
Fact No. 4: Sometimes they look like they have thumbs.
Reader photo: Emme, a "chubby" and playful calico, was adopted with her sister. "She's awesome!" writes her owner.
Fact No. 5: There's a world record-holding polydactyl.
Reader photo: Sweet Corduroy has a different number of toes on each foot! Seven and six toes on each of his front feet and five and four in the back.
Fact No. 6: There's been at least one in the White House.
Reader photo: Joey shows off his feet during a ride in his owner's sweatshirt pouch.
Fact No.7: Maine Coons once had a high incidence of polydactylism.
Reader photo: Wow! Ernie's got some big paws for a little kitty.