What Does a Cat Footprint Look Like?


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A footprint belonging to a domestic cat is characterized by the imprint of four oval-shaped toes and an absence of claw markings. The two front toes are also not evenly aligned. A cat's claws fail to register in prints because the cat keeps them sheathed when walking.

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The soft pads on each foot of a cat allow it to move more quietly, aiding in the stealth and ambush techniques the cat uses on prey. Cats sometimes leave a hind footprint over a front one due to their natural walking motion, which also assists in stealth. A cat uses its claws to leave territorial markings, capture prey, climb surfaces and to defend itself.

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