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Studying mammals: Meat eaters
Studying mammals: Meat eaters

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3.2 Other specialisations found in hunters

Claws

Claws are important for grabbing prey. They must be kept sharp and trees (or chair legs, as domestic cat owners can confirm) are used as scratching posts. In all cats other than the cheetah, the claws can be retracted into a sheath within the footpad, preventing rapid wear.