12 facts about the digitigrade foot posture of cats

Cats are digitigrades as they walk on their toes as is beautifully illustrated in this picture of a Siamese cat

Here are 12 facts about the digitigrade foot posture of cats. Yes, most cat owners realise that their cats walk on their toes but if you were unsure, now you know 😃. There are three categories of foot posture (item 8 below). When cats walk, they have a direct register cat gait – the …

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My cat joins me on my walk to buy the newspaper at 06:30 (video)!

Gabs, my cat, joins me in buying the newspaper at 6.30 am

This casually made video is of my cat accompanying me on my daily walk to the local petrol (gas) station to buy the newspaper. Note: I added the blizzard for fun. It was cold, dark and wet but there was no blizzard 😊. Blizzards are pretty rare in the UK in the south. The …

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Interpreting the way your cat walks

Cat walking normally

A cat’s gait is one way of interpreting your cat’s mood, her health and mentality. What you can interpret is quite limited but it’s a diagnostic tool which may come in handy from time to time. You probably know, by the way, that domestic cats walk on their toes which means they are digitigrades. …

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Evidence that cats knock things over when they’re bored!

Evidence that cats knock things over because they are bored

The title hints at the argument is that cats are not careless when they knock stuff over because they are incredibly precise as to where they place their paws. Cats have a direct register gait. It means that their hind paw is placed in the exact same spot as their forepaw when walking. This …

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Direct Register Cat Gait

Direct register cat gait

The image explains the direct register cat gait: The cat is walking in sand which makes tracking the paws very clear and easy. It shows that this cat’s hind paws are placed in the exact place vacated by the forepaw on the same side. As the cat trots the gait is diagonal and similar …

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How Do Cats Walk?

Cat walking. Photo: Warren Photographic. The gait is a pacing gait.

Cats walk on their toes. They are digitigrades as are dogs. Cats ‘directly register’. This means that they place each hind paw almost directly into the print of the corresponding forepaw. This minimises visible tracks and noise apparently. The picture below by me, shows how our hands would operate if they were the forepaws …

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