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originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
a reply to: Night Star
Is he one of those cross eyed siamese cats?
I always thought they looked kinda "special", do you know if they have some sort of defect or is it just cross eyes?
Im not putting down differently abled cats Ive just always been curious?
originally posted by: Jennyfrenzy
Matilda is a polydactyl, she has an extra toe on each foot and is the sweetest girl.
In the 1930s, a sea captain named Stanley Dexter gave Ernest Hemingway a polydactyl kitten born from his own cat, Snowball. The cat-loving author named the kitty Snow White, and that cat went on to parent numerous polydactyl kittens at Hemingway’s Key West, Florida, home.
As Hemingway wrote in a letter, “One cat just leads to another.”
Today, there are approximately 40 to 50 polydactyl cats — some of which are Snow White’s descendants — that live at the Hemingway House and Museum and are protected as a historical treasure.
The cats receive regular veterinary care, including vaccinations and treatments for fleas, heartworms and ear mites, and because Hemingway named all of his cats, the tradition continues today at his estate.