Polydactyl is Not a Dinosaur

02 Jun

A true cat lover cradles a new kitten and knows that nine lives will never be nearly enough….Author Unknown. 

Polydactyl may be a word you don’t use every day, but it simple English, it means many-toed. Polydactyl cats (the more claws to hold on with) are so cute – some of them look like they’re wearing a catcher’s mitt on their paws because of their extra toes. These cats are also known as Hemingway cats, because the famous American author was one of the more famous lovers of polydactyl cats. He was first given a six-toed cat by a ship’s captain. He was a true cat lover, and his cats never let him down in this life. He once said, “One cat just leads to another.. the place is so … big it doesn’t really seem as though there were that many cats until you see them all moving like a mass migration at feeding time…” As provided in his will, his former home in Key West, Florida (The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum), currently houses approximately fifty descendants of his cats, around 50% of whom are polydactyl.


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