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5 Fascinating Facts About Polydactyl Cats
Cats with extra toes have a freaky awesomeness that we just love. Thanks, evolution! Some friends of mine have a polydactyl cat named Dougus, whom I affectionately call “The Toes.” He certainly earns the name: With six toes on each foot, he is well above average — and he’s off the charts in good looks and charm as well. Polydactyly is not unusual in cats, so Dougus is hardly alone in his freaky awesomeness. Here are five fascinating facts about six-(or-more)-toed cats.
1. Polydactyly is a genetic abnormality
Count your kitty’s toes. Odds are she has a total of 18, with five toes on each front paw and four on each rear. If your kitty is polydactyl, however, she might have as many as eight toes on any given paw. The word is Greek in origin, with “poly” meaning “many” and “daktylos” meaning “digits.” Most polydactyls have extra toes on their front paws, which sometimes resemble thumbs and make your kitty look as though she’s wearing adorable mittens. These extra digits are not opposable, which means your polydactyl cat will not be able to start feeding herself at 5 a.m.
2. Polydactyls are also known as Hemingway cats
When a ship captain gave a white polydactyl cat named Snowball to writer Ernest Hemingway, the captain kicked off a pretty fantastic obsession for one of history’s most prolific cat guys. At Hemingway’s island home off Key West, FL, he collected more than 50 cats, almost half of whom had extra toes. Thanks to his obsession, today polydactyls are frequently called “Hemingway cats.” As Catster’s Dorian Wagner did, you can visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, where the cat colony still thrives — and some of the kitties are descendents of Snowball, Hemingway’s original polydactyl.
Bonus fact: Polydactyls are such a big deal that they’ve made it all the way to the White House: President Theodore Roosevelt had a six-toed first kitty named Slippers.
3. The world record for the most toes on a cat is 28
The Internet cannot agree on which polydactyl kitty actually has the most toes. According to Guinness Records, the title belongs to Jake, a ginger tabby from Canada. He boasts seven toes on each paw, for a grand total of 28. Each toe has its own claw, pad, and bone structure. The rumor mill also tells of a 32-toed cat named Mickey Mouse who lived in the ’70s. But instead of polydactyly, he might have had a condition known as “double paws,” in which each paw is actually comprised of two fused mirror-image paws. Having extra toes is complicated!
4. Polydactyly is common in Maine Coons
Historically, polydactyly was a useful trait for Maine Coon cats. For a breed originating in snowy Maine, doublewide paws with extra digits functioned as natural snowshoes. At one time, as many as 40 percent of all Maine Coons had extra toes. Though the trait is no longer as predominant in the breed, Maine Coon polydactyls are still recognized as an official breed by many cat fanciers.
5. Polydactyl cats were once considered good luck at sea
Back in the day, polydactyl cats got their sea legs by accompanying fishermen on many journeys. And they earned their keep — they were rumored to be excellent mouse hunters, and their extra toes gave them better balance on ships that encountered rough waters. The cats’ many travels might explain their widespread presence today, predominantly in the United States, Canada, England, and Wales.
ok you know what? This an actual legitimate thing
Furry is a fandom like any other. Unfortunately it is one where the negative aspects of it are taken by public media, and pretty much hung out for all to see and laugh at. Imagine if they did that with yaoi or slash. Or imagine if Jimmy Kimmel wanted to do an interview on Homestucks, and took a kid in the LOL BUCKETS stage who skipped to Act 5 and put her on the show to represent the entire FANDOM.
Then imagine a bunch of TV shows talk about the How to Train Your Dragon fandom, but instead of bringing up the amazing art an cosplay, they insinuate that we all dress up like Dragons and fuck each other.
THAT IS LITERALLY WHAT IT IS LIKE.
Now imagine, you like cartoon animals. Maybe you like the porn, who cares. Its private, and I’ve seen WAY weirder in other fandoms. We know you arent LITERALLY fucking your dog, so who cares.
But the other fandoms laugh at you too. They think its funny. They think its funny when you try to defend yourself. They think its funny when you get angry. They think its ok to laugh at you.
You know what?
When members of my family saw my fursuit they assumed it was sexual and thought I was making costumes for people to have sex in. They were worried and disgusted.
Do you have ANY idea how awkward and uncomfortable it is to have to reassure your family that no. I am not, in fact, going to use this thing in sexual encounters.
Imagine if your family saw that you were in the Supernatural fandom, and automatically asked to see all the Dean and Castiel porn you had, automatically assumed you looked at it, automatically assumed it was any of their business.
Fursuits are fuckin art okay? They take a long time to make. They are incredibly DIFFICULT to make. They are expensive to build or buy, and they are hot as FUCK to wear. On top of that a good portion of fursuiters dont talk. Its legitimate fucking improvisational performance art. And it is CONSTANTLY reduced to merely a fetish.
Theyre cosplay on HARD MODE. And UNLESS you are wearing a Renamon or Toothless quadsuit, you’re obviously going to fuck someone in that tonight.
I’m not saying fucksuits don’t exist. All I’m saying is that I’ve been in the Furry fandom for like 5 years AND IVE NEVER SEEN ONE. IVE NEVER SEEN A FURSUIT DESIGNED FOR SEX. BECAUSE THEY KEEP THOSE THINGS IN THEIR BEDROOM. IF THEY TAKE THEM IN PUBLIC OTHER FURRIES GET PISSED AND TELL THEM TO PUT THAT SHIT AWAY.
Fursuits are fucking expensive. Would you have sex in a $2000 costume thats itchy as hell? Fuck no.
You guys have sex in your cosplays all the time right?
ITS LOOKED AT LIKE WE ARE STUPID. OTHER. COSPLAYERS. LOOK AT US LIKE WERE BEING CHILDISH AND STUPID FOR LIKING CARTOON ANIMALS.
I don’t understand why putting hours of work into one costume is any less respectable than another simply because one happens to be an animal.
And for reference? Only a small handful of furries even have suits because theyre so fucking expensive and hard to make or obtain. Or maybe we do have them, but its so fucking socially accepted to make fun of someone for liking two legged talking animals that we hide them and never bother mentioning how long we SPENT ON THE FUCKING THINGS.
Do not even PRETEND other fandoms dont have porn.
Do not even PRETEND other fandoms dont have WEIRD, QUESTIONABLE PORN.
THIS IS TUMBLR. IT IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE FOR PEOPLE TO POST PICTURES OF A 30 YEAR OLD CHARACTER MAKING OUT WITH A 15 YEAR OLD CHARACTER.
Don’t even PRETEND that there isn’t a negative side to EVERY fandom.
Furries just have the unfortunate reality of having literally our darkest corners CONSTANTLY shown in the media.
When M rated incestual underage fanfiction of Dave and Rose goes up on fucking Letterman and none of you complain about it misrepresents your fandom, you can shut your mouths about this kind of thing.
Because its a pain in the ass.
And damn right we are allowed to complain about it.
HELLO I’M GONNA DO A GIVEAWAY TO GET RID OF THIS HOMESTUCK SHIT I’VE ACCRUED!!! I did a giveaway for the shirt before but it didn’t work out because A. The person who won never responded and B. The glasses I was giving away were basically broken and I hadn’t realized it when I started the giveaway but after I found out I felt bad about it ;A; So now the shirt is up AGAIN but the glasses are not lmao.
There will be 2 winnners!!! TWO WHOLE WINNERS!!!!
First place winner will pick one thing, then second place winner will pick another, then that will go on until all of the items have been claimed!
HERE ARE THE GAT DANG RULES:
- YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE FOLLOWING ME!!!!! As a matter of fact if you like homestuck you probably do not WANT to follow me because I do NOT like homestuck (not judgin u for liking it, it’s just that the whole point of giving this shit away is that I’m trying to get rid of my homestuck junk lmao)
- REBLOG THIS ONCE!!! LIKE IT ONCE (CAN YOU EVEN LIKE THINGS MORE THEN ONCE???)!!!! IF YOU REBLOG IT MANY TIMES IT WILL NOT COUNT!!! IT MIGHT BE MORE WORK FOR ME BUT WHO CARES I HATE CHEATERS!!!!
- NO GIVEAWAY BLOGS I WILL FUCKIN CHECK THAT SHIT
- YOU GOTTA BE OK WITH GIVING ME YOUR ADDRESS!!! I got no way of gettin this shit to you if you can’t tell me where you LIVE.
- GIVEAWAY WILL END ON APRIL 1st!!!! YEAH THAT’S RIGHT APRIL FOOL’S DAY. BUT JOKES ON U THIS ISN’T A PRANK U GET ALL THIS SHIT FOR FREE!!!!
Ok I think that’s it
HERE ARE THE THINGS:
- HOMESTUCK SCROLL - This thing is in really good condition. It’s been hanging safely on my wall, and the sticker things holding it up didn’t even almost tear the paper. I’m actually a little surprised at how good of condition this thing is in lmao.
- Small Terezi shirt - I tried to find this on the store so I could link it but I couldn’t that site is kinda hard to navigate ANYWAYS yeah a small terezi shirt! Been worn like maybe five times tops! Still in pretty good quality (albeit a little wrinkly).
- Vriska x8 poster - Vriska was my favorite character so I NEEDED this thing. It’s in pretty good quality but as you can tell it’s a little wrinkled towards the bottom unu
- Limited edition Karkat/Bucket sketch bought from Emi before it was a big deal that you weren’t supposed to sell homestuck art XD Also in pretty good condition. It’s about postcard size.
- Vriska pin, also bought from Emi before we weren’t supposed to be selling things. So, again, limited edition :p Pretty good condition (it’s a pin so… It still pins to things!) It’s not scratched up or anything, although I recently wore it to a Zombie Photoshoot so it had some fake blood on it, which I washed off (Although a Vriska pin with blood on it seems pretty accurate lmao)
A-ny-wayyyys, yeah, I think that’s it! Giveaway ends in about a month so have at it! Again, do NOT feel the need to follow me because of this giveaway, I don’t expect you to lmao. I just want to get rid of this stuff and I’d rather give it to someone who wants it than to just throw it away :)
My little lily😍