MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: Why would a cat have 6 claws on each forepaw but 5 toes on each forepaw?

Date: Sat Jan 21 14:25:12 2012
Posted By: Royce Moncur, Staff, General Science and Environment, Outside Input School Services
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1325442585.Zo

Extra toes is not uncommon in cats in parts of US and England.

This is a mutation, a change from the norm. The mutation is passed on to future generations.

If you do a web search you will find out a lot more about 'polydactyl' cats.

In your cat this is likely to be a variation of the mutation.

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