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Six Digit Cats

The author Ernest Hemmingway in the 1930's had a six-toed cat (Snowball) showing a form of polydactyly and cats with a similar condition today (image) are now called "Hemmingway cats". Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw.


Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, April 17) Embryology Cat 6 toes.jpg. Retrieved from

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