Why are Maine Coons polydactyl?

Polydactyl Maine Coon kitten

Not all Maine Coons are polydactyl. The simple answer as to why Maine Coon cats have a tendency to have more than the usual number of toes is because they originate in cats from England who were polydactyl and which were chosen as ships cats because of their extra toes. It is believed that …

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Sansa, a polydactyl, odd-eyed cat with hyperesthesia abandoned by owner

Sansa the cat

Sansa is a really gorgeous New York City snow-white domestic cat. She is a standout cat not simply because of her beautiful white coat but because she is polydactyl with six toes on each front paw and odd-eyed (technically called: heterochromia iridium). Sadly she is an anxious girl suffering from feline hyperesthesia disorder( FHD …

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Hemingway’s Key West house: 30 of 45 employees laid off

Hemingway's House

KEY WEST, MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA: Ernest Hemingway’s Key West house is famous for its cats. He loved cats. The news media call them mutant cats by which they mean polydactyl cats i.e. cats with more than the usual toes. They are a great attraction to the site and after his death in 1961 his …

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