Carpal Pad in Cats: Anatomy and Function

All about the cat's carpal pad

What is the carpal pad?

The carpal pad is a paw pad that is located rear of the cat’s forelimbs where the wrists (carpus) is located. Unlike the other paw pads (affectionately referred to as toe beans), the carpal pad doesn’t make contact with the ground. Its purpose is to provide traction when the cat comes to a sudden stop or descending a steep slope such as a tree or a fence. Think of it as an anti-skid mechanism.

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What is the Difference Between a Calico and Tortie?

What's the difference between a calico and tortoiseshell cat

What are calico and tortoiseshell cats?

Calico and tortoiseshell (tortie) are both common coat colours/patterns which appear almost exclusively in female cats. The terms calico and tortoiseshell are often used interchangeably, and it is easy to see why. Both patterns refer to a multi-coloured cat which may consist of black and orange, brown and orange, grey and cream with or without white.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Cat-World? Julia Wilson is the founder and owner of Cat-World. How old is Cat-World? Cat-World was established in June 2002. Does Cat-World accept guest posts? Cat-World does not accept guest posts. How do I add a link to my site? Please see our linking policy. Does Cat-World sell cats, products or services? No, … Read more

Cat Infographics

Cat age chart

Click on the links below to take you to the relevant infographic. Please feel free to share on social media. Right-click and select ‘save as’ or ‘copy image address’ or left click to take you to the article. Primordial pouch Physical signs of dying Antiseptics for cats Symptoms of oral cancer Easter dangers to cats … Read more

Most Read Cat Articles in 2018

Most read articles in 2018

1. Primordial pouch The standout article of the year was a short piece explaining the unusual flap of skin a large number of cats have on their belly which is often incorrectly assumed to be due to weight gain. Pet owners have several names for the primordial pouch including spay sway, belly flap, apron and … Read more

About Cat-World

About Cat-World

About Cat-World Cat-World was established in 2002 and has grown into one of the largest cat websites in the world, with a large library that covers cat health, cat care, and general cat information. We have been writing about cats for over twenty years, and first started as a contributor for the now-defunct Acme Cat … Read more

Home Made Stud Pants & Overalls

Home made stud pants

Stud Pants Requirements 1. Lightweight, easily washed fabric (1/2 metre will make 5 pairs) 2. 5mm Elastic 3. Press Studs (2 for each Stud Pant) 4. Bias Binding (5-metre pkt will edge 3 Stud Pants) 5. Sheet of paper to make your pattern. Measure your Cat 1. Measure your cat around the waist. 2. Measure … Read more

Cat Enclosures – Commercial Cat Enclosures

Cat in an enclosure

Commercial Cat Enclosures: There are now several companies in Australia (and I’m sure worldwide) who supply and install cat enclosures. Some come pre-made, others are custom designed to suit your needs. These are good when you don’t have the time, interest or skill to design and install your own enclosure. Maurie and Jenny of Funky … Read more

Feline Genetic Loci Table

Feline genetic loci table

Coat colour B – Brown Locus Genotype Description Phenotype B/B Homozygous – Black/Brown Black/Brown B/b Heterozygous – Black/Brown – carries Chocolate Black B/bl Heterozygous – Black/Brown – carries Cinnamon Black b/b Homozygous – Chocolate Chocolate bl/bl Homozygous – Cinnamon Cinnamon – reddish chocolate b/bl Heterozygous – Chocolate – carries Cinnamon Chocolate The Chocolate allele whilst … Read more