dogs' and cats' paws and tracks
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The soft foot of a quadruped that is characterized by nails or claws on the distal toes, and by pads that are in contact with the ground.
Claw that can be retracted (
) into its protective sheath.
Cats’ claws are protractile, not retractile. At rest, the claw is retracted; muscular action (contraction)
the claw out, rather than
Claw that can be protracted (
) from its protective sheath.
Vestigial and rudimentary digit of the foot.
Some digitigrade animals, including dogs and cats, have dew claws located on the medial (
) side of the foot, (usually) too high up to make contact with the ground or register in a track.
Member of the felidae family, the taxonomic family of cats, which is divided into:
(tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards).
(domestic cats, cougars, caracals, servals, lynxes, ocelots and cheetahs).
Cheetahs are sometimes classified separately as
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A to C
D to F
G to L
M to O
P to Q
R to S
T to Z
are described as
because the cheetah lacks the sheath skin of its
cousins, and so claws are visible even when not
This may provide greater traction for high-speed running. The cheetah is the fastest land animal.
is shorter and straighter than that of other felids.
Unlike other cats, the cheetah is not a good climber.
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