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Female Cats Are Right Pawed and Males Are Lefties!?

When using those interactive kitty toys, have you stopped to see which paw your cat bats? Turns out not only do animals, like dogs, favor one paw over the other, but recent research cites evidence of the role of gender in felines.

A study of 42 domestic cats in at Queen's University, Belfast, let kitties complete three play-like tasks at home with their owners . . . and found that female felines prefer to use the front right paw, while the males rely on the left adding to existing evidence that boy animals have greater left-handed tendencies than girls.

Curious what the exact tests were, so you can try it for yourself? Just

.

  • Task One: Place tuna at the bottom of an otherwise empty, narrow-mouthed jar — which paw did kitty use to try to get treated?
  • Task Two: Suspend a fabric mouse on a string above the cat's head — which paw was first used to reach for it?
  • Task Three: Drag the same mouse toy on the ground in front of the cat — which paw did the cat swipe with first?

The study revealed that the results for tasks two and three varied but, for task one, paw preferences of left for male and right for female were obvious. Test it out at home and share your findings in the comments below!

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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I did this survey of all of my friends' and neighbors' cats for a science fair project in 6th grade. Blue ribbon!
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
one of my female cats definitely prefers the left and the other seems to be a righty.
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