Byron Polydactyl Rescue Kitten

Byron polydactyl byron and me

Byron’s litter here was all named after poets. Byron, the black kitten, is reaching for a toy. This is a great pose because it is so easy to see his extra toe. It gave him a great advantage for balancing on things like thin rails and gates. He was the only one in his litter with the extra toes. Polydactylism occurs like a birth defect would….it is unusual and not expected. However, polydactyl cats can pass this trait on. The most famous example of this is at Hemingway’s former estate on Key West. The story is that he had one male un-neutered polydactyl cat that passed this trasit on so that most of the cats in Key West now have the extra toes. Most cats have 19 toes. Jake, the famous cat from Canada, had 28 toes as recognized by Guinness Book of World Records.

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