Cat Paw Prints

Lounging kitty paws

Cat paw prints are well known symbols, whether they're painted into artwork or trailed on your freshly cleaned windshield.

Cats and People

For thousands of years, cats have left a long-lasting impression on mankind. Cats were revered as powerful beings in ancient Egypt, and the Japanese consider the beckoning cat a symbol of good luck. There's no denying that these furry creatures have captivated people's hearts, and their paw prints have become an important symbol of their presence in many people's lives.

The Difference Between Dog and Cat Paw Prints

To the untrained eye, it's difficult to tell the difference between cat and dog tracks. Both animals have four toes on their front and back feet, but there is a key feature that differentiates them. Take a close look at the print - do you see small triangular marks in front of each toe? These are claw marks. Cats walk with their claws retracted, so a feline paw print will show no sign of them. On the other hand, dog claws are always out and leave an imprint when they walk or run.

Mega Paws

Cats vary greatly in size depending on which species and breed they belong to, so there are many different kinds of cat paw prints scattered around the globe. From silver tabbies to Siberian tigers, prints can range from about an inch to over five inches across! Take a look at various paw prints.

Lion prints Lion Prints in the Sand
Tiger print Tiger Paw Print in Nepal
Tiger print Tiger Paw in the Mud
Tiger prints Tiger Paw Prints
House cat paws Paws and Claws
lion paws Huge Lion Paws

Polydactyl Paws

While cat paws usually leave an indentation that shows four little toes, some cats are born with a genetic abnormality that gives them an extra toe on the inside of their foot, or a "thumb". These cats are called polydactyls, and they leave a very different paw print wherever they go.

Artful Paws

A common motif in art, the cat paw print is a symbol of both nature and companionship. Little paws appear throughout the world in all forms of artwork, from sculptures to greeting cards and even pop up in poetry and prose.

Handcrafted Paws

Artisans have used the paw print in a wide range of mediums:

Keepsake Paws

There are even kits available for cat owners to turn their pet's paw print into a memento like the Paw print ornament kit.

Paws in Space

In 2008, the Blanco 4-meter Telescope took a photo of the Cat's Paw Nebula, an emission nebula about 5,500 light years away. Originally discovered by John Herschel in 1837, this distant body resembles a cat's paw print.

A Gallery of Paws

There's no need to explain to a cat lover about the emotional benefits of pet ownership. They are such a large part of people's lives that they consider them family. Cats leave their impression throughout houses, towns and, indeed, the entire world. Here are a few places that you'll undoubtedly find paw prints, if you're willing to look.

Printed tile Stone print tile
Cat paws viewed through a glass table top Cat scan
Melting paw print Melting print in the snow
Prints in the snow Snow prints
More snowy cat prints Cat prints closeup
Cat prints on a car Paw prints on windshield
Paw print design plate Paw print plate
Small paw tiles Paw tiles
Cat print jewelry Dichroic paw pendant
Cat paw pendant Dichroic paw necklace
Cat paw earrings Dichroic paw earrings
Glass paw Glass paw ornament

The next time you see feline paw prints, perhaps you'll look at them in a different light.

Cat Paw Prints