So, my neighbor got a new kitten. Cute little black thing! Her name is Katrina. She was commenting on how she got this "purebred" for free because the breeder was in NO and lost most of her cattery and had to find homes for the surviving cats.
It looked like a normal black DSH to me, so I asked, "oh what breed is she?" She said "she's a Hemmingway, they have apposable thumbs".
Now, knowing that polydactyl cats are pretty common in mixed breeds, I just had to go home and look this up! Apparently people actually breed these-also known as American Polydactyl! From what I can tell they are NOT a recognized breed of cat. I asked one of my coworkers about this, she's a Singapura breeder and a cat judge. She just kind of shook her head.
My poor neighbor is so proud of her "Hemmingway Cat". Luckily she didn't pay anything for her, and is having her spayed when she is old enough. The cat will have a good home, but I feel bad for my neighbor. Part of me wants to tell her this is not a real breed of cat, but another part says what harm is it doing???????
Jennifer and the monsters