dogs' and cats' paws and tracks
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Domestic Cat (Bengal)
Felis silvestris catus
Walking or bearing weight on toes.
Digitigrade describes the orientation or progression of animals bearing weight on the plantar surface of the phalangeal region.
Only digits (
) make contact with the ground.
Claw that can be protracted (extended) from its protective sheath.
Cats’ claws are protractile, but often (incorrectly) described as retractile.
At rest, the claw is retracted; muscular action (contraction) protracts the claw out of the sheath, rather than retracts it in.
Claw that can be retracted (
) into its protective sheath.
Cats’ claws are
, not retractile.
At rest, the claw is retracted; muscular action (contraction) protracts the claw out, rather than retracts it in.
Hyena, hyaenidae family
The taxonomic family of the cats.
Members of the cat family are known as
Caniforms usually have non-protractile claws.
Meerkat, Mongoose family
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The following families are
(e.g. domestic cats)
nandiniidae (e.g. African palm civet)
viverridae (e.g. civet)
eupleridae (e.g. Malagasy civet)
) are most closely related to civets, hyenas and mongooses.
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