Saturday, June 14, 2008

Polydactyl cats

3 out of our 4 cats are polydactyl. The three of them all have opposible thumbs and are polydactyl on all 4 paws. And none are related to each other.

From Wikipedia:
A polydactyl cat is a cat with a congenital physical anomaly, with more than usual number of toes on one or all of its paws as a result of a cat body type
genetic mutation.

Non-mutant cats have 5 toes on each of their front paws and 4 on the back, for a total of 18 toes.
The record holder had 32 in total!


This is Edgar. He was our first cat, and he has the most toes. He has 26 in total - 7 on each front foot and 6 each on the back.

Oscar has 23 toes, 6 each on the front and 6 on one back foot and 5 on the other.

Hazel is also polydactyl, but she hates me! so there will be no pictures of her. She is a one person cat, and that person is Hilary. However, since I am the offical nail cutter in the family (and with all these toes, that is no small job!) I do get to do her nails. Hilary will catch her and transfer her to my lap, generally with very little blood shed! Hazel has 24 toes in total - 6 per foot.
Alice is odd man out with her non-mutant toes! There's one in every family!!
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