Carpal Pad of Kitten
Carpal Pad of Cat

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Carpal Pads
The limb pad located at the carpus.
Carpal pads of cats and dogs do not usually contact the ground, because they are elevated by the pastern.
Therefore carpal pads do not usually register in tracks of cats and dogs. Exceptions to this rule include tracks made in very soft substrates, or tracks made by cats or dogs that are down in pastern.
Also known as proximal pads.
Cf. tarsal pads