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Re: Callsigns and Horse Teeth

Tony Pelliccio (
22 Oct 2004 07:58:33 -0700

jtaylor <> wrote in message news:<>:

> TELECOM Digest Editor noted in response to <> in message

>> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Actually, no matter how many teeth you
>> saw in the mouth of some particular horse, there can always be
>> exceptions. For example, how many toes does a cat have on its paws?
>> Some people would say 'five', which is normally the correct
>> answer. But some cats have *six* toes on one (or all four) feet. The
>> vernacular name for such cats is 'polydex' and my first cat 'Nicholas'
>> (the one who was so warm and loving, not the later Nicholas who was
>> always hateful with humans) was that way. Nicholas had six toes on
>> each of his two front paws, five toes on each of his back paws. I
>> guess it is some genetic thing going back a million years or so. PAT]

> Polydactyl cats are particularly common (not just if you count them by
> their toes) around Boston and Halifax; must have been some good
> mousers in the first lot of ships to come over.

Throughout New England actually. I've got a very heavy polydactyl who
knows he should pounce on a mouse but then plays around until he kills
it and then doesn't know what to do with it.

In his case he weighs in at close to 30 lbs. so it is a little bit hard
to pounce when you are that large. Thing is, he's a big cat.

There is also a strong link between the Maine Coon and polydactylism,
and anyone who knows cats knows that Maine Coons are HUGE cats.

As to mousing ability, the champion at my home is a 6.5lb dsh female.
She likes to catch them, gut them and then hide them so she can trot
them out later.

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