Bjørn B Svingen, owner of a Polydactyl cat "I have heard people say that these genes came to Norway long ago. The story was that the genes were inherited from Spanish or Portuguese ship cats with this "'disorder'. These cats were supposedly common on ships trading on the Norwegian coastline. They have again become popular, at least in our area, and are plentiful in Trøndelag in mid Norway." As a result, they are also known there as "Skipskatt" (ship-cat).

Bjørn B Svingen, owner of a Polydactyl cat "I have heard people say that these genes came to Norway long ago. The story was that the genes were inherited from Spanish or Portuguese ship cats with this "'disorder'. These cats were supposedly common on ships trading on the Norwegian coastline. They have again become popular, at least in our area, and are plentiful in Trøndelag in mid Norway." As a result, they are also known there as "Skipskatt" (ship-cat).

There's so much more to these kitties than their adorably big feet.

11 things you didn't know about polydactyl cats

There's so much more to these kitties than their adorably big feet.

Polydactyl Cats: I had black cat with extra claws like this and she had five kittens with the same paw traits. I chose her at the pet shop because they looked like panther paws.

Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet

Polydactyl Cats: I had black cat with extra claws like this and she had five kittens with the same paw traits. I chose her at the pet shop because they looked like panther paws.

Gimme 5… 6… 7? Polydactyl cats have more than the usual toes! The trait is found most often in western England, Wales, and the eastern parts of the United States and Canada.

Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet

Gimme 5… 6… 7? Polydactyl cats have more than the usual toes! The trait is found most often in western England, Wales, and the eastern parts of the United States and Canada.

This beautiful kitty with giant toes and feet was taken in by Panda Paws Rescue. This is her being held by the veterinary staff, showing off her big feet and many toes.

This beautiful kitty with giant toes and feet was taken in by Panda Paws Rescue. This is her being held by the veterinary staff, showing off her big feet and many toes.

Spitting image of my boy, Buddy.  His sister is slightly lighter.  I still can't understand why they were up,for adoption at two, but I'm so glad they have been part of our family for ten years.  Best cats ever!

Spitting image of my boy, Buddy. His sister is slightly lighter. I still can't understand why they were up,for adoption at two, but I'm so glad they have been part of our family for ten years. Best cats ever!

Polydactyl Cat | An X-ray of the paws of a polydactyl cat. The number of toes never ...

Polydactyl Cat | An X-ray of the paws of a polydactyl cat. The number of toes never ...

And they’d probably love to paw at you, too. | 19 Polydactyl Cats Who Are Absolutely, Paws-Itively Adorable

19 Adorable Polydactyl Cats Who Just Want To Give You A Hand

And they’d probably love to paw at you, too. | 19 Polydactyl Cats Who Are Absolutely, Paws-Itively Adorable

Polydactyl cat

Polydactyl cat

I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to these super-pawed kitties. | 19 Polydactyl Cats Who Are Absolutely, Paws-Itively Adorable

I definitely wouldn't be opposed to these super-pawed kitties.

I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to these super-pawed kitties. | 19 Polydactyl Cats Who Are Absolutely, Paws-Itively Adorable

Amazing Polydactyl Cat Paw. This belongs to my beautiful polydactyl Maine Coon cat "Q" who rules our house.

Amazing Polydactyl Cat Paw. This belongs to my beautiful polydactyl Maine Coon cat "Q" who rules our house.

500px / Siamese Polydactl by Josh Norem

500px / Siamese Polydactl by Josh Norem

My polydactyl cat... Awe! My kitty has 7 toes on each front foot! she loves her feet to be played with!

My polydactyl cat

My polydactyl cat... Awe! My kitty has 7 toes on each front foot! she loves her feet to be played with!

• beautiful cat  (by kerazie.meditrina)

• beautiful cat (by kerazie.meditrina)

The most famous polydactyl cats belonged to Ernest Hemingway, who, while living in Key West, received a 6-toed cat from a sailor. He collected polydactyl cats and these days the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West has been converted to a museum, where as many as 60 cats live and roam free, with the help and safety of Purr..fect Fence.

The most famous polydactyl cats belonged to Ernest Hemingway, who, while living in Key West, received a 6-toed cat from a sailor. He collected polydactyl cats and these days the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West has been converted to a museum, where as many as 60 cats live and roam free, with the help and safety of Purr..fect Fence.

Ernest Hemingway. i have this picture on a postcard from hemingway's florida home . . his polydactyl cats still own the place . . . needless to say i was in heaven

NUTMEG THE CAT, 31-YEARS OLD CAT: The World Oldest Living cat

Ernest Hemingway. i have this picture on a postcard from hemingway's florida home . . his polydactyl cats still own the place . . . needless to say i was in heaven

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