What Are Polydactyl Cats?

Polydactyl cats are born with extra toes. Normally, cats have only 18 toes in all-- 5 toes on each of their front paws and 4 on each of the hind paws. But for polydactyl cats, they can have as many as 9 toes on each of their paws. In fact, the 

record holder has an impressive 28 toes in total!

The extra toes are brought about by a genetic mutation. The extra toes usually occur on the front paws but all four paws can also have them. While any feline breed can be affected, the genetic anomaly is usually common among Maine Coons. 

The extra toes does not have any adverse effect on the cat, save for making nail trimming a little bit more labor-intensive. With wider paws and more claws, polydactyl cats have better balance and can climb faster than other cats with a normal number of toes. 

If you have concerns and/or questions about your pet’s health and/or behavior, do connect with your Smyrna Animal Hospital


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