Does your cat have dew claws on it’s hind legs?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Not on the hind legs, nope!

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Wannabee

Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw; polydactyl cats may have as many as eight digits on their front and/or hind paws.

There are different forms of polydactyly caused by a variety of genes that affect the foot in different ways. Some result in extra toes, others give extra dew-claws or turn the dew-claw from a rudimentary toe into a proper toe.

Polydactyl cats have been extremely popular as ship’s cats.

In Victorian times (mid-to-late 19th century), polydactyl cats were considered very lucky, especially by sailors, which explains the high incidence of such cats on the east coast of the United States.

Some sources state that these cats are rare in Europe because they were killed as witches’ familiars but other sources indicate that they are quite common in southern Britain.

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