Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cats on Tuesday: Toesday

Cats on Tuesday Here is a comparison between our back paws. As you can see, Merlin has brown paw pads, whereas Dragonheart's are two-toned: pink and dark brown (the brown on Dragonheart's toes is part of his colouring - it's not dirt. :P)

Dragonheart's Toes:
Dragonheart's Toes
Merlin's Toes:
Merlin's Toes(Click either photo to view a larger image)

As you can see from these photos, we Sphynx have paw pads that are thicker than the paw pads of most other breeds. Some say this gives us the appearance of walking on air cushions. In fact, the CFA Sphynx Breed Standard states:
Paws are oval with well-knuckled toes; five in front and four behind. The paw pads are thick, giving the appearance of walking on cushions.

46 comments

Gattina said...

I have to admit, I have never seen such paws as your's Merlin ! They look like painted. Very special !!

michico*Adan said...

I agree with Gattina as well~
Merlin's paw is very unique~
But Dragonheart's toes seems younger to me, hehehe~~

CRIZ LAI said...

Haha...Adan. Dragonheart's toes do look younger to me too :P Now I am worried about my Jon's paw pads on both hands. He is still recovering from the injuries from an unexpected brawl with the mafia of my place. It was a sudden attack from an intruder and I guessed that's the reason he refused to go outside the house anymore.

From the size and look of the big sized orange cat, he sure looked like a mafia with that fierce looking face. :(

Daisy said...

Oh wow! I do not think I have ever seen your paw-pads up close before. They are really neat! I have multi-colored pads, too.

Eric and Flynn said...

We agree, Merlin's pads do look very neatly painted. We think it is all the pink on Dragonhearts that make his look younger.

Isis said...

Cute toes, can I'z lick 'em?! ;) They'z look quite a lot like furless Aby paws, we'z gotted the same oval shape and they'z purrty much like little hands - which is very helpful when you'z wanna get in everything! ;)

TorAa said...

Very interesting.
Felicia's paws are all black, and as a Manx the rear are very powerful. Rosa is black with som thin dusks of white. (Her father is very longhaired).

Sarah said...

Their paw pads do look larger than most cats, I will have to inspect my Boot's paws just to compare...although I may be in for a biting I'm not sure she'll like it too much! Lol.

Sarah said...

...no she reeeaaallly didn't like me doing that. Boot's paw pads are pink and black...she's washing herself in disgust with me now.

Charlotte said...

I never thought paws could be so different. My paws are not as well padded but I am so lazy that I mainly sleep. I do like to jump onto fences and roofs though.

Syrian kitties are very chatty!

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Dragonheart looks like he has fingers instead of toes. Can he open food cans with those?

Parker said...

Those are some very adorable paw pads that both of you have!

The Furry Kids said...

You guys have the best toes! It does look like you have pillowy paw pads.

Love,
Tazo

Deana said...

Merlin's really do look like little air cushions, very poofy but strong. And Dragonheart yours look so young.

Happy COT to you two fellows!

Mickey said...

WOW!! I love those toes! Merlin certainly has very distinctive toes.Painted,like Gattina says.Dragonheart,your toes seem to have very little color.I guess you saved that for your body and that cute nose :)
Purrs Mickey

The Meezers said...

wow, Merlin you do haf seal point paw pads!
Merlin, mommy thinks your feets look like little human hands

both are very cute

Luna said...

Wow, that´s special. they are interesting and different. Lunas paws are violet and big. Dragonheart and Merlins paws looks large.
Cute pictures!

hugs and purrs !!!

Mother of Invention said...

That is a unique thing to look at..they are all so different. Black cats always have black pads but our calico cats are mostly pink.

Trixie said...

You two have completely different pads, but that is what makes you special. Very cute toesies!

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

HA! "five on the front with four behind"......that reminded mom of years ago when the family went to Thunder Bay for a boys hockey tournament. One man asked us if we'd seen the new $2.oo coin. Queen Elizabeth on the front a polar bear on the back. He said: "The queen on the front, with a bear behind"

Junior said...

Your paw pads are so cool looking! I love them and Meowm wants to touch them!

Tybalt said...

What adorable paw pads you both have! Very unique!

Boy said...

Wow! Walking on cushions must be a gweat feewing! I wish I've got as much cushions on mine paw pads as you guys do!

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

I have never seen such cute puffy toe pads as you guys have! Thank you for sharing that - I hadn't realized your toe pads were so different than mine. Merlin's toe pads look like chocolate jelly beans!

Forty Paws said...

OMG! When Maw first looked at DH's paw, she thought it was a hand holding something in the palm! It looked like there were fingers! Wowee! And yes, Merlin's paw pads are a very unique coloring.

Luf, Us

Chen & Ollie said...

What fun photos! You have great paws!! Dragonheart, we gave you an award (you probably already got it but honor you again) - come see!
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie

jenianddean said...

At first I thought the first picture was Merlin's toesies because of all the pink. You all have very cute toesies!

-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Sunny's Mommy said...

Oh my goodness! Merlin has the most adorable paw pads!

Sunny's Mommy said...

Kellie said Merlin's pads look like chocolate jelly beans. They reminded me of tootsie rolls -- which happen to be one of my most favorite candies :-)

Kelly Cat said...

I also mistook Dragonheart's paw for a human hand at first glance. Maybe the Sphynx is a missing link between cats and humans? :-)

Merlin looks like he's picked up some paint somewhere and is ready to leave pawprints everywhere!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

those are some precious looking pawsies..I do love those markings, like you have stepped in chocolate! xx

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Those are the cutest toes I think I've ever seen!! They made the LL squeal! Thanks for sharing.

Kaze

Queen Snickers and Empress said...

Merlin, your paw look like mine after momma puts them on an ink pad so paw print stuff. ~Queen Snickers

ps Don't worry momma uses safe inks. :)

Kuanyin said...

The paws are so amazing looking! If they were my cats, I'd always be admiring them!

Jazz said...

wow, what a beautiful brown paw! stunning :)

claudie said...

You have such cute toes and very different you two!

Celeste said...

Very pretty paw pads. They look like they wold be so soft touching

Boots & the Interlopers said...

It looks like Merlin stepped in melted chocolate.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That was a great shot of Merlin's toes!

Mandy Lou said...

Those are some seriously cute toes! The cushion thing is cool - we always thought you guys look like you were floating :-)

Andrée said...

I would love to feel those toes curl around my finger. Must be a wonderful feeling!

The Devil Dog said...

Those are neat paws. Thanks for showing us.

Roxy

Jan said...

Oh, those pads look so comfy.

jans funny farm

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

Wow, our pawpads are much more delicate-lookin than yours. You guys mus be able ta run around like crazy!

Kaz's Cats said...

Wow, that's the first time we've really looked at your paw pads - it's fun seeing kitty paws without lots of fur. You both have handsome feet, along with the rest of you,

Purrs

Gypsy & Tasha

Bobbie said...

Wow, Merlin's brown paw pads are just beautiful! I've never seen paw pads quite like that before.