American Polydactyl Cat
Federation Internationale Feline World Cat Federation
American Polydactyl cats probably came to the United States on ships in the Colonial Period. They were kept by sailors who considered them to be extremely good luck when at sea. Their name, polydactyl, means multiple toes. American Polydactyl cats are actually regular house cats, but with a genetic mutation which gives them multiple toes, and sometimes a bobbed tail. Polydactyl cats may be found in any breed, but American Polydactyl cats are bred specifically for their extra toes, their temperaments, their good health, and their color or size.
The American Polydactyl is a medium to large sized domestic cat characterized by extra toes on the feet.
The head is broad.
The ears are set wide apart.
The muzzle is somewhat square, but not foreshortened.
The body is strong and powerful.
The chest is broad.
The polydactyl gene is a dominant gene. The cats may be polydactyl only in the front feet, only in the hind feet, or on all feet.
They may be tailless, have short tails, or have full-length tails.
American Polydactyls come in all colors.
They come in both long and short hair.
Weight — 3.5-5.5 kg.
In personality and care requirements, American Polydactyl cats are much like any other cat. Many owners have made the observation, however, that their American Polydactyl cats seem to have a more relaxed and mellow personality than other cats they have owned.
American Polydactyl cats adapt very well to indoor or outdoor life, or a combination of the two. They make outgoing pets, and are reported to be affectionate and patient even toward children.
Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails every couple of weeks. Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection.
Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
Good with children, good with household cats and dogs.
Low to high shedding.
These cats are quite hardy and can survive even in snowy weather.