Having seen that it is a genetic condition, is polydactyly recessive or dominant? Polydactyly is caused by an autosomal dominant gene. Therefore, even if only one parent is polydactyl, some of the kittens have a high chance of being polydactyl.
Is A Polydactyl Cat Inbred?
There is a common misconception that polydactyl cats are inbred. However, being a dominant gene, there is no need for inbreeding in order to select for this trait. In addition, polydactyly can appear in any cat breed. This means that it is very unlikely for a polydactyl cat to be inbred.
Is A Polydactyl Cat Rare?
No, Polydactyl cats are very common. The condition can appear in any breed, though it is more common in some breeds, such as the Maine Coon Cat. So, what percentage of cats are polydactyl?
If only one of the parents is polydactyl, about 40% to 50% of their kittens are likely to inherit the condition. If both parents are polydactyl, this number goes even higher.
Since it is caused by an autosomal gene, polydactyly is common in both males and females.
Can Polydactyl Cats Pick Things Up?
Depending on the number of extra toes they have, it is possible for some polydactyl to be better at grabbing and picking up things than other cats, with the help of the extra toes.