Why don’t cats have arms? And why don’t human have paws?

My own cat Spin is a prolific hunter

Pets with hands? Humans with paws? It doesn’t sound right, does it?

I’ve written an article across at the Telegraph on the nomenclature that we use to refer to the anatomy of dogs, cats and people.

It was prompted by this video of Vincent, a cat from Iowa who was born with no back legs.

Most kittens born with this type of anomaly would be euthanased at birth, but Vincent was exceptionally lucky: his new owner has enabled him to walk almost normally, using special custom-designed titanium-implant prosthetic limbs.

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