Cat print in the snow tells the story
|Cat paw print in the snow tells the story. Photo: Reddit.com|
I had to make sure that this was a domestic cat print. I am sure that it is. Dog paw prints almost invariably produce claw prints at the tip of the paw pads as their claws are not retractable whereas a cat's claws are. Actually they are better described as protrusible. Read about the difference if you are interested by clicking here.
This is a perfectly formed cat paw print in the snow. Placed carefully by cat or person?! This is a sliding patio door. A lot of cats like to mess around in the snow. Perhaps this cat is an indoor cat. She may have been interested in the snow as it is novel but reticent to venture out as she is used to being indoors. I'm speculating.
Here is an image of a cat's retracted claw:
|Diagram of cat's claw and distal phalange or phalanx. Image: MikeB|
This explains why the snow paw print is that of a cat.