Polydactyls MAINE COON
The Poly Maine Coon has been a natural part
of the race for many years...
With the native population of Maine Coons,
polydactly (several toes)
is quite common, as actually around 40%
of the original Maine Coon
cats were poly.
This mutation is called polydactyl,
and it is a harmless mutation.
>>A LOT OF "POLY-COONS"
BY JANET MARR<<
As a result, when approval of the cat as
a thoroughbred was applied
for in the US, two standards were submitted,
one for polydactly cats
and one for cats with the normal number of toes.
However, the applicants were advised that it would be
hard enough just to obtain approval of
the ordinary cats,
and to withdraw the application for the poly cats.
They did, but several of the “old” breeders continue
to breed poly… cats in the hope that they will be
approved within the foreseeable future and thus can
be exhibited as a group of their own. It should be
emphasised that these cats of course are not
involved in the breeding of the ordinary
5/4 toe cats.
Susane Gregersen - SamiCoon