If you have ever watched a cat go about its everyday business of being a cat, you will have noticed that a cats paw plays a pivotal role in every activity. Cats use their paws for a wide variety of purposes, after all they don’t have hands. Cats will use their paws to wash themselves, poke at objects, open doors with their paws and much more. Our maine coon can even scoop dried cat food out of the packet opening and eat it off her paw. Being a cat lover we know that you want to know as much cat behaviour as possible. That is why we would like to share 3 amazing cat paw facts that every cat lover should know.
1. Cats front paws usually more toes than their back paws
The cat’s front paws have 5 toes & their back paws have 4.However that being said some cats have more than this number of toes. When a cat has more than 18 toes, it’s called a “polydactyl” cat . The word “polydactyl” is a greek word where “polys” means many or more than one and ”dactyl” means finger.
2. More cats have paws that are left handed than right handed.
Therefore in a group of 100 cats, approximately 40 would be left-pawed, 20 would be right-pawed, and 40 would be ambidextrous ( can use both paws equally).
3. A cats sharpest claws are on their front paws.
The claws on the cat’s back feet aren’t as sharp as the claws on the front feet. This is because the claws on the cats back paws can’t retract into the toe and therefore they’re continually being worn down by walking. Most cats will use their front paws and claws to lash out and scratch since they know these are the sharpest and their body position while reaching out to scratch is balanced.
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