Most Beautiful Cats

It’s been a regular joke around the Britannica offices that we should put together a list of “best cats”–this is the internet after all. Two intrepid and cat-crazy editors have taken on the task in order to provide you with a great experience. After much deliberation and discussion, we’ve finally come up with our top 10 cats according to us.

Polydactyl cats are excellent at giving high-fives, let’s admit it. Errr, high-sixes. Also known as “mitten cats” or “thumb cats” polydactyls have a genetic mutation that provides them with more than the usual number of feet with toes. Polydactyl cats could have anywhere from six to eight feet on each paw. Sometimes, their toes could make it appear like they have thumbs on their paws. Polydactyly can occur in many species, including humans. But, it’s the most frequent in cats.

Due to the random activation genes, it’s impossible to create a clone from the same cat. The necessary traits for patterning calicos are found on the X-chromosome, therefore the majority of calico cats are female. Male calicos are few and far between. They could only be the result of genetic defects.

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