Felines are fascinating creatures for many reasons, and it turns out that a cat’s paws are filled with many curious and interesting abilities.
Here are six facts about your cat’s paws that you probably hadn’t thought about before.
1. Your Cat Sweats Through Their Paws
While you might not think that your lovable, furry feline goes around sweating buckets, cats do actually sweat–just not in the manner you might expect. Basically, while humans have vital eccrine sweat glands all over our bodies, cats only have the glands on their paws.
This is why, during hot and humid months, you might see what looks like a trail of wet paw prints being left behind when your cat walks around.
2. Your Cat’s Paws Are Color Coordinated
Cats come in a fantastic range of colors, and it turns out their paw pads are also matched to their fur and markings. In general, you’ll find black cats possess black pads, white cats have pink pads, and gray kitties claim gray pads.
For multi-colored cats like Calicos and Torties, you’ll often see mixed-up color combinations on their paw pads.
3. Your Cat’s Paws Don’t Have Equal Digits
If you’ve got a tolerant enough cat, try taking a close look at their front and back paws. You’ll discover that the front paws posses five digits each, while the back paws only have four digits. That is, unless your cat is polydactyl (see the next item on the list).
4. Some Cats Have Extra Toes
You’ve probably heard all about polydactyl cats, but if you haven’t, they’re kitties who are blessed with extra toes. Polydactyl cats are often affectionately called Hemingway cats, and the writer Ernest Hemingway’s historic landmark home houses around 50 of these special kitties.
5. Your Cats Paws Act Like Protective Sheaths
Cats are blessed with retractable claws, and bringing those sharp spikes back into the toe pads helps keep them from getting caught on everything as they go about their daily feline business. That way, their claws are still in good shape when they need to use them.
6. Your Cat’s Paws Are Smelly
Well, your cat’s paws aren’t offensively smelly. Rather, your cat’s paws contain hidden scent glands, and when your feline scratches their cat tree or does that biscuit making thing, they’re also marking their territory with their scent.
Were you surprised by any of these cat facts, or did you already know them all? Do you have any interesting info to share about your own cat’s paws? Then tell us all about it in the comments below!