I have an alien creature which I am currently designing, but I am hesitant in deciding whether or not it should have claws on its digits.
The creature in question is a bipedal cursorial hunter with digitigrade posture (which is also a blind, primarily hearing-based pack hunter, although I do not believe that information is as relevant to the question), but its main weapon is its mouth and the teeth within.
What are the biggest benefits of having claws on the end of a creature's digits, primarily the digits used in locomotion?
Additionally, could these potential benefits be accomplished through some other structure?
(Edit: their forelimbs are already too specialized to be used in hunting, and it is their hind limbs that would house the claws.)