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November 12, 2019

Cats Sweat through their Paw Pads

10.26.14 Cats sweat through sweat glands that are located on their paw pads. They do not have sweat glands all over their bodies like people do. Hot temperatures, stress and excitement can cause cats to sweat. Sometimes cats who are frightened, stressed or hot leave damp little paw prints where they walk.

Cats sweat through their paws

Cats sweat through their paw pads

 

Little and Not so Little Cat Feet

Cats are designed perfectly, are nature’s example of “form following function”. Look at their paws. The shape and size, the pads on the bottom, even the tufts of hair between the toes are there to serve a function. Some cats have webs between their toes, others have giant paws, and still others have extra digits on their paws. These paw attributes, in their entirety, have a function. I wonder if the American sculptor Greenbough was looking at a cat when he thought of the phrase “form follows function”.

Originally I was going to write a treatise on paw functions, instead I’m going to post a few pictures of cat paws. That’s more fun.

A composite of cat paws

A composite of cat paws