Bjørn B Svingen, owner of a Skipskatt (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 Skipskatt (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).

Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet | Mental Floss

Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet

Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet | Mental Floss

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!

Cute ginger and white polydactyl cat with thumbs...what a great photo, shows off the thumbs beautifully!  w.

Cute ginger and white polydactyl cat with thumbs...what a great photo, shows off the thumbs beautifully! w.

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

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

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

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

Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway was one of the more famous lovers of polydactyl cats, after being first given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain. Upon Hemingway's death in 1961, his former home in Key West, Florida, became a museum and a home for his cats, and it currently houses approximately fifty descendants of his cats (about half of which are polydactyl).

Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway was one of the more famous lovers of polydactyl cats, after being first given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain. Upon Hemingway's death in 1961, his former home in Key West, Florida, became a museum and a home for his cats, and it currently houses approximately fifty descendants of his cats (about half of which are polydactyl).

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.

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 ...

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

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

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