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Comparison human hand and arm to cat paw and foreleg — 7 Comments

  1. I used to have a horse 25 to 30 years ago. As I learned to ride,I thought how funny strange it would be if a horse would whinny and say, “Excuse Ehrr, Me, get off,I have to go to the bathroom! Even cats are more human like because the cats use a specific place & bury excresions. Horses just go pee or poo, wherever they happen to be!

  2. Interesting – similarity. What’s left of the ‘thumb’ on cats is bizarre. That little bit sticking out futher up the leg half way between a finger/claw and a pad. Little nobby thing.

    • I am glad you commented 😉 — because it is a personal and slightly odd article. I was not completely clear about the anatomy and where the forelimb first contacted the ground? The bone structure is quite complicated and it is quite hard to correlate the cat’s use of her limbs to ours.

      The thumb is bizarre. There is a clear correlation in anatomy. Very similar to ours but for some reason cats decided to walk and run on their toes or the end of the metacarpus. You could say that cats walk on the distal end (far end) of their metacarpus rather than their toes but that is just me exploring the subject. The toes grips through the claws. The metacarpus is “the intermediate part of the hand skeleton that is located between the phalanges (bones of the fingers) and the carpus which forms the connection to the forearm”. The carpus is the wrist as far as I am concerned.

      • This article is perfect for the declawing debate! Here, you show exactly what anti-declaw advocates have been saying all along: Cats need the ends of their toes in order to walk properly. Thanks for sharing!

        • Thank you. I did it because I know it is difficult to understand what vets are removing when they declaw. So I decided to cross-reference to the human forearm and hand.

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