Many don't realize but cats paws aren't just adorable, they serve as serious functions in a cats life. Sure when you examine your kitties feet all you do is aww and ehh! We mean come on.... they are ADORABLE! But look closer. In addition to being colorful and cute, they have serious jobs to do that increase the odds of survival. And here are just a few;
Cats have dominant paws
Just like humans, cats too have a dominant paw. Cats have paw preferences, especially when they are performing challenging tasks. Wanna find out . if your cat is righty or lefty?It's easy, all you have to do is give them difficult tasks, such as fishing yummy treats out of hard to reach places. In order to get the most accurate reading, the task needs to be replicated at least 75 times! So make sure its a snack your cat will eagerly want!
Cats walk tiptoed
Cats are delicate creatures. So delicate that they even walk around on their Tippy-toes. Why? Well its all about survival and of course food. By constantly being on toes, it ups their speed and therefore a successful hunt...to the finely placed cat bowl. And, they are a lot quieter on their toes, making it harder for prey to detect them... or for us to detect them.
Cat paws are flexible
A cat's paw is extremely flexible. They have the ability to bend and turn. This helps felines climb and hunt. How do you ask? Well, their front paws are designed to turn inward while climbing, in order to sink their claws into branches. So how do they get suck in trees?
When going down trees their front claws are facing the opposite direction and are going head-first down. So the front legs and paws are weaker than the more muscular back legs.
Cat paws act as shock absorbers
Their paws also do an excellent job when it comes to being shock and sound absorbers. The cushions on their paws are perfect when it comes to soften landing and helps them move silently.
Cats use paws for grooming
Paws are perfect grooming tools, helping cats clean those hard to reach areas like behind ears, under chins, on necks and faces. They accomplish this by first licking their paw several times and then wiping it on those areas that they can't directly lick.
Cat paws are sensitive
Cats use paws to communicate
Cats scratch objects in a way to mark their territories and broadcast information about themselves. So adding onto visual evidence, they have scent glands located between the paw pads. This helps get their information loud and clear to any other in the area.
We are all thinking about it now... Do cats even sweat?
Answer: Cats sweat from the bottom of their paw pads. It's this cooling system that helps keep cats from over-heating on hot days. Frightened and stressed cats also sweat from the bottoms of their paws.
Cat paw colors vary
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