Bruce the Rescue Cat is a very special kitty indeed! Bruce is a polydactyl cat, meaning that he was born with a couple extra toes. Due to this, he has very unique and beautiful mittens, featuring his polydactyly. He uses his extra thumbs to his advantage! Polydactyl Cats are totally pawsome and have an amazing genetic mutation.
"These cats sporting numerous toes are one of the most awesome and fascinating felines; albeit their appearance can be somewhat bizarre to folks who have never seen one. In the United States, these supernumerary-toed kitties have often been called "mitten cats" or "Hemingway" cats. Ernest Hemmingway (the best-selling author of "The Old Man and the Sea" and countless other famous popular classic novels) was a passionate cat lover. He was presented with Snowball (a polydactyl cat) as a personal gift by a ship's captain in 1933. Snowball went on to produce many litters of ploydactyl kittens (the gene passes on). As many as 50 of Snowball's ancestors are living the life of luxury today; spoiled and pampered by the staff at the Hemingway Home Museum in Key West, Florida." Via Florida Wild Veterinary Hospital. Fun facts and lots of toe beans? Yes please.
"Polydactyl cats have more than the usual number of toes on one or more of their paws. These kitties are born with an abnormal, dominant genetic mutation called polydactylism. While the polydactyl cat's appearance is quite unique, the polydactyl gene is somewhat common." Via Florida Wild Veterinary Hospital.