Isn't it great to have such special days like one focused solely on if cats and dogs had opposable thumbs? We thought it was only fitting to feature some of our favorite polydactyl cats who really do have opposable thumbs (well, almost)!
The 40-50 cats that roam Hemingway's home (which is now a museum) are descendants of his original polydactyl kitten, Snow White. Hemingway had received Snow White from a sailor and fell so in love with felines that he nicknamed them "purr sponges."
For some perspective, normal cats have 18 toes.
These cats are agile, great hunters, and can keep ship rodent populations in check. They're also considered lucky to have on board!
Sources say few polydactyls exist throughout Europe because these cats were considered witches' assistants and killed as a result. While having extra toes sure is magical, we're not sure how helpful they'd be in spell casting.
But "boxing cats" and "mittens cats" make for adorable nicknames.
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