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"My cat has thumbs. Really, he does. Cats with extra digits on their paws are called Polydactyl, so we named him Ptero, like a Pterodactyl. His brother, who lives with my brother and his wife, is named Digit, because he also has extra digits."
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Polydactyly is an extremely rare trait among cats worldwide.
Polydactyly is generally a harmful mutation in cats.
Which of these names are polydactyls NOT commonly known as?
There are cases of polydactyl humans.
Polydactyly in cats is unique to North American cats.
Polydactyly is less common among cats than other mammals.
Polydactyly, in its more common and non-harmful manifestation, is a dominant trait.
What are the most common minor problems associated with polydactyls?
claw issues (ingrown nails, etc.)
mental problems (stupidity, etc.)
joint problems (hip dysplasia, etc.)
behavior problems (aggressiveness, etc.)
Why was polydactyly deliberately bred out of Maine Coons (a large cat characterized by its beautiful neck ruff of fur), despite folk belief that the extra toes acted as snowshoes and helped in hunting?
polydactyly is ugly
people in Maine didn't want their cats hunting
breed standards made no allowance for extra toes
polydactyly is a harmful mutation
Polydactyly can be found in large cats as well, such as leopards.
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