# What is the number of claws in a cat?

Cats are amazing creatures that delight their owners. And people have a lot of questions related to such animals. One of them is the number of claws on their paws. And how many of them really?

### How many claws are considered normal?

So how many claws does a domestic cat have? Some believe that there are 20 of them, like nails in humans. But actually it is not. The number of claws corresponds to the number of so-called "fingers" on the cat's foot, that is, there are a total of 18. And on the front paws, there are five of them, and on the back - only 4.

### Deviations from the norm

Can the number of claws be different? Yes, some breeds (such as the pixy-bean, that is, the short-tailed elf) are characterized by an anomaly like polydactyly, that is, multi-fingered. And in this case, the number of claws on the front paws can reach up to seven, and on the back - up to six. Moreover, the “extra”, that is, the extra fingers of the claw usually grow much faster and therefore require special attention and meticulous care.

Now you know a little more about cats.