Polydactyl Maine Coons are just as healthy as straight-footed Maine Coons! The genetic trait that gives them “a little extra” in the way of toes doesn’t affect anything else. How do we know? Click here to see the science!
The people who told you that polydactyls are unhealthy may be confusing the polydactyl trait that’s found in the Maine Coon with the RH gene that causes a malformation of the leg bones. Sometimes those cats have extra toes, but genetically, the RH gene and the polydactyl trait are light years apart!
Mother Nature is a much better breeder than any of us, from a standpoint of improving the health and robustness of the breed! Whereas we often focus on appearance (sometimes to the detriment of function), in nature, detrimental traits are harshly culled from the population.
Polydactyly is a trait that thrived in the free-roaming population that formed the basis of today’s Maine Coon. Polydactyly was culled by the Cat Fancy, not by Nature!