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Mondays with Buddy: Polydactyl Cats


Our cat word for the day is polydactyl. (poly·dac·tyl)  A polydactyl cat has more than the usual number of toes.

Cats ordinarily have eighteen toes, five on each front paw and four on each back paw. Polydactyl cats may have six or more on a paw.

Isn’t that strange.  Imagine if I had seven toes on each paw! I’m glad cats don’t wear shoes because I wouldn’t get a pair  to fit me. I would look something like this.

r-POLYDACTYL-CAT-large570 Close up of the feet of a polydactyl pet cat.

People can suffer from polydactyly.  Mommy’s friend Ed has six toes on one foot, and his brother does, as well.

It seems that cats with polydactyly are commonly seen in New England and in Southwest England and Wales. They were common on ships where they are considered good luck. They are also good at catching mice.


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5 comments on “Mondays with Buddy: Polydactyl Cats

  1. leilights
    January 20, 2016

    No matter how many toes, still cuddly ❤


    • brendablagdon
      January 20, 2016

      I think more toes would be more cuddlier. Buddy likes to pat my face. How sweet with six toes.


  2. madilynquinn01
    January 25, 2016

    I rescued a kitty who had a total of 32 toes! She was so amazing and found such a good home 🙂


    • brendablagdon
      January 25, 2016

      That is amazing. I would love to see a photo. Must be so cute.


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