Cat paw prints – clipart, photos, info.

A search for cat paw prints can mean one of two things: a search for clip art of paw prints and/or a cat’s tracks left in sand, earth or snow and sometimes rock! Consequently, I cover both topics on this page.

Mystery cat picture? A grey-skined Sphynx (hairless cat) lying between some bedding with their fron paws sticking out.
Mystery cat picture? A grey-skined Sphynx (hairless cat) lying between some bedding with their fron paws sticking out.
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Clip art

Below I present a piece a clip art that I have purchased from iStockphoto. It links to a large format version so bits of it can be cropped out and used separately. These bits can be used for personal use but the clipart cannot be resold. You would be wise to refer to iStockphoto’s terms and conditions. One such permitted use under the terms is as follows: “on–line or electronic publications, including web pages to a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels for image or illustration Content or to a maximum of 640×480 for video Content..” That should suit lots of people.

cat paw print clipart

The above cat paw prints clipart is a large thumbnail. Click on it to see a 1000 x 1000 pixel version. But please comply with the terms of use as mentioned.

Snow cat paw prints


Sweaty cat paw prints

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Some cat paw prints

Below are a series of interesting images of paw prints or marks on various surfaces. One of the best surfaces is snow for obvious reasons. These images are all published here under a specific creative commons license. If used they must be used as is (unmodified), you must give the original author credit and you may not use them for commercial purposes.

Cat prints in a smokey/dirty window! Let me in! Click on the image for larger version.
This is a bit weird. A paw print in a Christmas decoration. This is not meant to be a paw print, is it? And if not, what is it meant to be?
Paw print of domestic cat in concrete with a bit of bird sh*t as well..! Maybe the bird got scared.
Mountain lion paw print
A mountain lion (puma or cougar) paw print in the snow. Click on the image to go to lots more on this subject.
This one is very interesting.  The photographer says: Cat paw prints frozen in the semi melt.
Domestic cat prints in snow – nice clean prints.
Muddy cat paw prints in/on a car.
Cat’s prints on the hood of an abandoned car – a 1968 Ford Thunderbird 2. Click on the image to see large version.
Paw print carpet.
Bronze paw prints on what appears to be a stone wall.
Polydactyl record holder from Minnesota called Paws with 28 toes in all
Polydactyl record holder from Minnesota called Paws with 28 toes in all. Photo: CBS News


Some info about the domestic cat’s paws!

Cat paw prints are fascinating. The cat’s paw is too. Please don’t harm them through declawing. A cat’s paw contains scent glands for marking territory. Territory is also marked by scraping the ground with their claws. The cat’s paw is an intriguing part of feline anatomy. Desmond Morris refers to Oscar Wilde who spoke of the “Velvet Paw”. He was conjuring up an image, according to Desmond Morris, of the gentle softness of a cat’s foot when the claws was sheathed.

A cat can have their claws out at which point they are a deadly weapon and a tool with which to climb and to scent mark and scrape. When the claws are in, the feline paw feels soft and smooth. Morris says that the paw has a double life. Interestingly, the default position for claws is for them to be in. It takes an effort to protract them. Therefore, it is perhaps incorrect to say that the claws are retractable. It is more accurate to say that they are protrusible. It’s a technical point but a point that Dr. Desmond Morris made.

On each front paw there are seven small pads, separated by tufts of fur. Of these seven there are seven digital pads, one per claw. One of them is the pad for the rudimentary thumb. This carries the dew claw. The others lie beneath the four sharp protrusible claws. In the centre of the underside is the largest of the seven pads which is called the plantar pad. It has three lobes and it is the main support-point for the animal’s leg. It protects the weight-bearing leg bones.

There is a small wrist-pad called the pisiform pad. ‘Pisiform’ means “pea-shaped” and refers to the shape of the wrist-bone beneath the pad.

There are five pads under each of the hind feet. There are four main digital pads and one large, central plantar pad. The hind feet take more pressure when moving and when jumping.

There will be a difference in the texture and feel of paw pads depending upon whether the cat is an indoor/outdoor cat, an outdoor cat or a full-time indoor cat. Roaming cats will have tough and leathery paw pads while in indoor cats they will be smooth and spongy.

Sometimes paw pads have a benign genetic abnormality called polydactylism in which extra toes are present. Apparently, Boston, Massachusetts is the centre for the spread of domestic cats with extra toes in North America. In the city they examined 311 cats and 39 of them had extra toes.

Tests have revealed that out of approximately 100 cats, 40 were left-pawed, 20 were right-pawed, and 40 were ambidextrous. This is in complete contrast to people were only 10% of individuals are left-handed.

Read an article about scent glands some of which are in those gorgeous paws ?.

Where are cats’ scent glands located?

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