What is a Polydactyl or Hemingway Cat or Mitten Cat

A polydactyl cat is a cat that has unusual number of toes on one or all of its paws as a result of a cat body type genetic mutation. Normally cats have five toes in each front paw and four toes on each hind/back paw. But Polydactyl cats may have as many as seven digits on front and/or hind paws, and various combinations of anywhere from four to seven are common, although each of the front and rear paws are typically the same. Polydactyly is generally found on the front paws only.Polydactyly of all four paws are less common. It is extremely rare for a cat to have polydactyl hind paws only. The cats of this kind are considered as a symbol of well being in certain regions and the same are also considered opposite elsewhere. There is no special care need to be taken in grooming of these cats.Polydactylity is caused by genetic anomaly.

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