It may seem unlikely, but similar to use humans, cats tend to use one paw more than the other. Do you know which paw your cat uses most?
Right-handed or left-handed?
Now that you know that it's possible for a cat could be right-handed or left-handed, you are probably wondering how to find out which one your cat is!
To find out, it's actually super simple! You can try a little experiment on your cat to see which paw they prefer to use.
Try this simple experiment!
In order to prepare for this simple experiment, bring a cup and some food or a treat to your cat. It's best to do this at a time when your cat is alert and available.
Then, invite your cat to reach for the food inside the cup. Watch your cat's behavior to see which paw they use first to retrieve the food. By doing this simple test, you'll know if your cat is left-handed or right-handed!
You can watch this video to find out exactly how to do this experiment.
A eye-opening study
Researcher Deborah Wells explains that even though your cat may prefer to use one paw over the other, it doesn't mean that your cat will only use this paw. Your cat can choose to use both paws. It's just a behavioral tendency.
A similar scientific experiment was conducted by Deborah Wells and her colleague, Sarah Millsopp. They gathered 42 cats that were handpicked according to their gender. They found that most males appeared to be left-handed while most female cats are right-handed. The researchers could not find a reason why males were typically more left-handed and why females were usually right-handed.
Try out this experiment! Is your cat right-handed or left-handed?
Originally written by Charlène Plaut (Yummypets) and translated by Jennifer Eubank.