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img_3045It is an exciting time here.  A little cimg_3047haotic but exciting none the less.  We are starting a complete hospital renovation! Don’t be surprised if things look a bit messy or you don’t see your food where it usually is when you come in.  We have all the diets moved into the kennel room but will be happy to run to the back to get whatever you need.  We will have to keep inventory down a little because of space constraints but will probably be ordering daily because of this.  Phone in ahead to make sure we have what you need and if we don’t we will order it to be delivered the next day.   We are hoping that most work is going to be done after hours so we will be open for business during the whole process.  Drop in and see how it all progresses!  As our sign that greets you at the reception desk says  “Today’s Pain – Tomorrow’s gain” !  I will be posting pictures to keep you appraised of the progress as things move along.

Polydactyl: Felines with many toes

emmitt-heagy-polydactyl-kitty-docx-003polydactylMost cats have 18 toes, 5 on each front foot and 4 on each back foot.  When there are more toes than that on a cat they are known as being polydactyl.   That word comes from the Greek words poly, meaning many, and dactylos, meaning digits.  Polydactyly, also known as polydactylism, is a congential anomaly which means it is an inherited trait.  It is passed down through a dominant gene, so if one parent is polydactyl and the other has the normal number of toes, then 40 percent to 50 percent of their kittens will also have extra toes.

The world record for the most toes in a polydactyl cat is 28 and is held by a Canadian cat named Jake.  Polydactyly is a common trait in Maine Coon cats.  Approximately 50 percent of all Maine Coons are polydactyl.

The famous author Ernest Hemingway was known to have a great fondness for polydactyl cats. When Hemingway died in 1961, his home in Key West, Florida, became a museum and a home for his cats. It currently houses approximately fifty descendants of his cats (about half of which are polydactyl). Because of his love for these animals, polydactyl cats are sometimes referred to as “Hemingway Cats”.