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Is A polydactyl cat just one piece of evidence for Evolution?

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posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 11:16 AM
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The debate of creationism vs evolution continues, personally I do believe in creation but I also believe in evolution. I believe that there is more evidence for evolution and it continues to this day.

We had a cat named Mutant x he was a six toed cat, he died as a result of a fight we think with a coyote or some kind of wildcat. Before he died he fathered a liter of 4 kittens with only one kitty with the extra paws, and this kittys name is Manytoes [pronounced minitoes] now this kitty has a opposable thumb and uses it to pick up items, throws them and chases after it.

So I have witnessed a genetic anomaly passed on to the next generation and will be following this kitty around in a attempt to catch her using her thumbs on video.


A polydactyl cat is a cat with a congenital physical anomaly, with more than usual number of toes on one or more of its paws as a result of a cat body type genetic mutation. In animals including humans, polydactyly
(or polydactylism, also known as hyperdactyly) is the anatomical abnormality of having more than the usual number of digits on the hands or feet.
Polydactyl Cat


here is a pic of mutant X he was a really cool cat even if he was a freak lol:

Here is Manytoes:




Isn't this Darwins theory in action, changes that are passed down in time? Im not saying this prove evolution, but IMHO is evidence supporting it.

What say you?

[edit on 1-4-2009 by LDragonFire]




posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 01:17 PM
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Even the VAtican actually acknowledges evolution.

This is pretty cool. this is the first time I'm hearing of such a mutation. Cats are already the world's top predators. Developing advanced digits would make them more unbeatable. If Craig Ferguson hears of this he'd say, "Watch out, monkeys!"




posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 01:25 PM
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Yeah I mean, polydactyly is a natural genetic mutation.

It's actually super common in felines.
I don't think it has any known benefits, though, and in severe cases it can actually be kind of detrimental in terms of getting around super-agilely or catching food.

Everything, IMO, is a piece of evidence for evolution.

Know what's cool? A cat's whiskers are as wide as it's body so it can determine whether or not it can squeeze into tight spaces.

Also, the densest fur on a cat's body is in between it's toes.



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 02:55 PM
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Thanks for posting up the pics of manytoes! She looks alot like my last cat named Kitty. Gosh I miss her!

I had a friend that lived in Alaska and he said alot of cats have the extra toe to help them along the ice, he isn't the most trusted source I've quoted, but hey!

I would like to see her catch and throw the ball!



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 03:30 PM
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Originally posted by interestedalways
Thanks for posting up the pics of manytoes! She looks alot like my last cat named Kitty. Gosh I miss her!

I had a friend that lived in Alaska and he said alot of cats have the extra toe to help them along the ice, he isn't the most trusted source I've quoted, but hey!

I would like to see her catch and throw the ball!


We keep trying to catch her on video but I think she is growing impatient with us so we will try later. I have seen her pick up a ink pen and toss it down the hallway here. It's really cool



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 03:43 PM
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Lol... great topic. Polydactyly is actually something I run into a lot because a friend of mine is specialised in breeding rare mutations of all sorts of animals including polydactyly cats. So he has several of those running around his house.

It is a lethal gene in double heterozygous form. So you can not breed a cat with polydactyly with another cat with polydactyly. Well technically you can, but it leads to 25 % of the kittens inherit the gene in double hetereozygous form so they are born with severe birthdefects. It's the lethalety of this gene that makes me question if it's evolutionary. But I can not fully judge that because I'm just a simple hobby rodent breeder and not a biologist.

The Polydactyly gene is found in many more species, including humans. I also know it occurs quite often in guinea pigs and dogs too.



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