Famously, Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway was a fan of polydactyl
cats after he was given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain which he named Snow White.
"There is a legend among sailors that polydactyl
cats used to be ship's cats and the extra toes helped them climb the rigging," said Sarah.
cats are not common, but the condition exists across the UK.
And this polydactyl
puss has been chosen as a finalist in the Daily Mirror's Cats With Thumbs competition.
Congenital tibial aplasia with preaxial polydactyl
: soft tissue anatomy as a clue to teratogenesis.
The overall incidence of Musculo-skeletal (MSS) malformations was 17.3/1000 total births, the commonest malformation being polydactyl
(59.1% with an incidence of 10.2/1000 births, twice as common in males as females ([alpha]=0.05, p<0.001) (Table 3).
After visiting Hemingway's house and marvelling at the 45 or so resident six-toed "polydactyl
" cats (most descended from Snowball, Hemingway's very own kitty) we headed an hour or so north to Marathon to swim with dolphins.
Being born with additional digits - or being a 'polydactyl
' - is not wholly uncommon, but it is unusual to see the condition on every extremity.
"We've seen polydactyl
cats with 23 or 24 toes before - but not with 26.
Hemingway received Snowball, his first polydactyl
cat, in 1935 as a gift from a ship's captain who believed the cat's extra toes brought good luck.
When asked when they planned to schedule surgery to remove the extra digits, the mother indicated that no surgery would be scheduled as several of their extended family members had extra digits and were not hampered or hindered by being polydactyl
. The clinician identified being polydactyl
as a disability based on her culture, while the family identified the condition as a family trait based on their culture.
(pohl-e-dahck-tihl) Having more than five toes on each foot.