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Sailors Considered These Gypsy Cats Good Luck — Are You Lucky Enough to Own One?

They're found all over the world today, but they probably became famous because of Ernest Hemingway's penchant for them. In fact, 40 to 50 of them still reside in his home, and one has even lived in the White House.

polydactyl cats


  • Typically, cats have 18 toes, five on their front paws and four on the back; polydactyl cats have extra toes
  • Usually, a polydactyl cat’s extra toes look just like the others, giving them the appearance of having large feet
  • In the case of thumb cat polydactyly, the first digit (dewclaw) is large and thumb-like; these cats are sometimes called “mitten cats”
  • In most cases, polydactyly is harmless but extra attention may need to be given during nail trims

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