Polydactyl Cats.

Hello, today I am going to write Polydactyl Cats, because my mom thought this was a good idea (and she was right).

Polydactyl Cats are Cats with extra toes, which also means extra claws. We have a cat called Mittens (which you have probably heard PLENTY about) and she is Polydactyl (and could beat Wolverine in a fight because she has 6 Claws on each paw (which means she has all of Wolverines claws x 4) and probably is Invincible) which is cool because it makes her special to us.

Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each fore paw, and four toes on each hind paw; polydactyl cats may have as many as eight digits on their front and/or hind paws. Jake, a Canadian polydactyl cat with 28 toes, was known by Guinness World Records as having the highest number of toes on a cat.

Naming: Nicknames usually consist: Nicknames for polydactyl cats include conch cats, boxing cats, Mitten cats, mitten foot cats, snowshoe cats, thumb cats, six fingered cats (really original), cardi cats, and hemingway cats.

Genetic Cause: In the case of preaxial polydactyly of the Maine Coon cat (Hemingway mutant) a mutation of the cis-regulatory element ZRS (ZPA regulator sequence) is associated. ZRS is a noncoding element, 800.000 basepairs remote to the target gene Shh. An ectopic expression of Shh is seen on the anterior side of the limb.

This is the end of the blog, hope you enjoyed! (also tell me in the comments if you have a polydactyl cat).

3 comments Add yours
  1. Nice read! Can you do a write up about the munchkin cats next?! They are so adorable!!

    Can you elaborate on the genetic causes? What does ZPA regulator mean?!

    Waiting for your next post!


  2. I think its really cool that the gene came from another country. I always thought the gene for polydactyl cats came from the Easter seaboard of North America but it makes sense that it came over on a ship from Europe.’

    I love our polydactyl cat so much and want another one when Mittens dies. It is a sad thought but it will happen one day. Maybe you can get a Polydactyl cat after you build your tiny home?

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