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The amazing claw of a cat

The claw behind the scratch
The claw behind the scratch
Karla Kirby

A cat’s claws grow out of the third phalange of the paws. They are comprised of keratin, like the human fingernail and can be fully retracted in their paws. Outside of the cat family, retractable claws are found only in certain species of the Viverridae. A claw that is retractable is protected from wear and tear.

Most cats and dogs also have a dew claw on the inside of the front paws. It is much less useful than the other claws but does help the cats to take hold of prey. Because the dew claw does not touch the ground, it obtains less wear and also tends to be sharper and longer.

Every one in a while, the growth of claws ends and then restarts, much like hair in hair, these consequences in the hair falling out and being replaced by a new one. In claws, this results in an abscission layer, and the old segment splits off. This process takes several months for a human being’s thumbnails. Felines are often seen working old unguis layers off on cat posts or furniture made for the purpose.

Cats use their razor0sharp claws for climbing trees, capturing prey, and defending themselves. They are sharp and cat’s are very quick and are not shy about using them when needed. Another excellent feature about their God-given ability to retract them is that it makes their tread very soft and often they never expect a thing until the pounce.

Cats are an amazing animal and their claws are just one of the features that make them such unique creatures. Help them keep them in shape by purchasing a sturdy scratching post both of sisal and carpet, with vertical and horizontal parts.