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Bo The Cat

Polydactyl Cat


Bo is a Polydactyl cat, which means he has 6 toes on each paw. Nobel Prize–winning author Ernest Hemingway was one of the more famous lovers of polydactyl cats, after being first given a six-toed cat by a ship's captain. Upon Hemingway's death in 1961, his former home in Key West, Florida, became a museum and a home for his cats, and it currently houses approximately fifty descendants of his cats (about half of which are polydactyl). Because of his love for these animals, "Hemingway Kitty Cat", or simply "Hemingway Cat", is a term which has come to describe polydactyls.

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SriElizabeth 11 years ago

Thanks! :)

KarenL 11 years ago

Very interesting info.
I've moved this lovely cat to pets for you.

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Simla, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 4, 2012
Submitted on Jun 4, 2012

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