Little Known Fun Facts about Your Cat's Claws
Posted by Purrdy Paws on Jan 7th 2018
Your cat’s claws are actually not nails
Most people assume a cat’s claws are comparative to a person’s
nails. In reality they are quite different. A cat claw actually extends from
the front of their toes and is used to catch and kill prey, climb, and defend
them. A human nail lies on top of your finger tip in order to protect them from
They can retract their front claws
Cats do not actually pull their claws into their body like
Wolverine. Instead they are just lifted slightly off the ground and then pulled
between their toes hidden by their fur. Purrdy Paws caps do not in anyway
interfere with the retraction or extension of your kitty’s claws. Their ability
to retract their front claws helps them move more stealthily, sneak up on prey,
and keep their best weapons sharp.
Cats walk on their toes
Unlike humans who walk on the soles of our feet with our
toes only touching the ground briefly between strides, cats are considered
being digitigrade or toes first walkers. Since a cats rear claws do not retract
this helps them naturally stay trimmed. By walking toe first cats use their
claws to help with balance. Declawing your kitty wreaks havoc on your cat’s
ability to balance them. Please consider a humane alternative such as Purrdy
Paws before you ever consider declawing.
Why does a cat’s claw curl?
Cats claws developed with a curve in order to aid them in catching
prey. In the wild they use their claws to latch onto and hold prey. It also
aids them into removing flesh from a carcass or can help climb a nearby tree
for safety. Unfortunately they were just not designed for indoor use. Besides
the negative effect they can have on your carpet and furniture, they can
actually cause harm to your kitty. Carpet, linens, and furniture can catch your
cats claws injuring their feet or toes. Using Purrdy Paws caps effectively
blunt your cat’s claws preventing them from becoming stuck. This alleviates the
possibility of them hurting themselves from simply running or playing.
Like human fingernails, claws grow throughout their entire life
Because of this
fact indoor cats do require some maintenance. You may have noticed your cat
pulling at their claws occasionally with their teeth. They do this when the
outside of their nails sheath has become dull and are ready to shed. By pulling
off their sheath they reveal a new sharp claw ready to go to work. If you notice excessive scratching this can
also be a sign that your cat is ready to shed their sheaths.
Cats shed their claws
This occurs about every 4-6 weeks. When you use Purrdy Paws the cap will naturally be shed along with your cats sheath during this time period. Since it does not occur all at once, we advise you to regularly inspect your cat’s claws so that any shed cap can be quickly replaced.