We all know that cats have nine-lives and 20 toes, but there’s one special cat in Minnesota named “Paws” that has 28 toes, which ties a Guinness Book world record.
Paws is a polydactyl cat. She has three extra toes on each forepaw and one extra on her back paws.
Owner Jeanne Martin said her genetic trait comes in handy.
“It almost looks like a catcher’s mitt. But she can walk on the edge of a drawer, for instance, because her feet can grip like this,” said Martin.
- The first scientific record of polydactyls is from 1868. They were mostly found in the northwestern United States and Nova Scotia. One theory is that the first mitten kittens were brought to America by English Puritans in the 1600s.
- President Theodore Roosevelt’s poly kitty Slippers was one of the first cats to purr around the White House.
- Polydactyl cats often found their way onto boats because sailors believed they were good luck. They were widely recognized as top-notch mousers, and their extra toes were rumored to give them better balance while sailing the high seas.