Pre-Vet Vocab Word of the Week
Polydactylism - A genetic mutation where an animal, often cats, have extra digits on their paws. Polydactyl comes from a Greek term meaning “many digited.”
Where will you see it? - It can occur in humans, dogs, cats, mice and many other animals. It is commonly seen in cats, being nick-named “Double pawed.” A normal cat will have 18 toes, 5 in the front and 4 in the back. A polydactyl cat can have up to 8 on each paw on either front or back feet.
Health concerns - For cats there seem to be none, other than making sure there are no ingrown nails or infection.