Like dogs, cats are toes: they walk directly on the toes, the bones of their feet forming the visible low part of the lower leg. Cats can walk very accurately, because like all breeds of cats, they register directly; that is, they place the hind feet (almost) directly on the mark of the forefoot, minimizing noise and traces left behind. This also gives them a good rear footing position after walking on rough surfaces.
Like all members of the feline family, with the exception of the leopard, the cat has retractable claws. Normally, at rest the claws are collected in the skin and hair around the toe pad. This keeps the claws sharp as they are not in contact with the ground and allows the cat to gently stalk for prey. The foreleg claws are usually sharper than the rear. A cat can extend one or more claws, depending on the need. They often raise their claws when hunting, defending themselves, or climbing, “tumbling”, or to increase friction when walking on slippery surfaces (sheets, thick carpets, etc.). Curved claws can get caught in carpets or thick fabrics, injuring a cat if they cannot remove it on their own.