Somehow it feels really mysterious, how do cat claws actually work?The number of claws your cat has matched up to their number of toes, five at the front and 4 at the rear.
The claws curl, so they’re great for catching and holding onto things and also make cats such amazing climbers. However, the direction their claw curls mean they can’t climb downwards. This is why you’ll spot your kitty shimmying backward down a tree!
Contrary to popular belief, cat’s claws don’t completely retract, so you’ll spot them protruding a touch. To release the claws, cats contract a tendon in their legs, almost like how we move our toes.
Additionally, cats even have a dewclaw on their front leg (located slightly higher up). They use it to urge a far better hold of toys or prey.