Did you know this about cats?

@NailTech (6884)
United States
November 6, 2012 6:34pm CST
Just read an article on cats. It was saying that they could either be right or left 'pawed' just as we are left or right 'handed'. Did you ever wonder about this? Do you have a cat (or any multiple cats)? Does it seem like any of them are right or left pawed? I just don't don't know either way with my cat, I will have to check and see which paw she uses to grab her string toy or something first. It is something I never really thought of til I read the article.
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
7 Nov 12
Huh Really I have Never heard of that nor wondered about that but Now that you have brought it to my attention. It's quiet funny it makes alot of sense and yeah I have noticed my cat favour her right paw when playing... Strange but interesting!
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
Hee! Then she must be a rightie as we say here in the US. I think it is like us, most are right handed and a few odd ones out are lefties.
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
7 Nov 12
Haha I don't know why but I always think Americans are Left handed I geuss that is because Your Cars are left hand drive. Lol. But I know most people are Right handed I am, my brother however is Left handed and my Untie is too.. It's strange and Im not sure Why but when I see someone write with their left hand I can't help but Point it out.....
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
LOL, yes most of us are right handed in fact you are correct on that. It doesn't have anything to do with our cars. I have known a few with their lefties though, one being my late Uncle and some school kids growing up probably. I don't usually notice things like that with people but my mother always has and points it out when she sees it.
@Suzieqmom (2761)
• United States
10 Nov 12
I never thought about this before, but I do believe our female maine (c)oon is left-pawed. The other three seem to be right-pawed. This is an interesting tidbit, but what I think is even more interesting is that someone actually thought up this study and went through with it! I wonder how and why this topic was studied to begin with?
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
10 Nov 12
Oh you have a Maine Coone, they are lovely! I had one too, a male and he was the most loveable little kitty. I know they are usually much bigger but he must have been the runt of the litter, but the cutest too as he was very close to me. We were always joined at the hip, so to speak. Scientists think of the most interesting things to do a study with don't they?
@Suzieqmom (2761)
• United States
11 Nov 12
Yes, they certainly do...sounds like it was a fun study! We actually had two Maine (c)oons--the other was a huge orange one named Simba. he was the most lovable and affectionate cat we ever had. Unfortunately, he passed away last year after developing cancer. The other one, Cleo, looks like a full-blooded one except that she is much smaller than normal. Plus, we also had her twin brother (he passed away too from cancer) and he was a short-hair--silver tabby! So we know she isn't a full-blooded Maine (c)oon, but she sure looks like one, only in miniature!
@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
7 Nov 12
I really don;t know, I watched all 3 of my cats and noticed nothing with them. I notice Patches usually uses her left paw for grabbing. But I will have to watch her the next few days.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
I don't notice things like that either so will just have to see what happens as I remember to look. Doubt it really even matters though.
@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
7 Nov 12
I don't thin it matters, just like humans we both use left of right but doesn't make us any different. But I do notice personalities change, many I know (everyone I have met) who is left handed tend to be over powering and bossy.
• United States
10 Nov 12
Absolutely interesting! I will probably spend even more time watching my cats now trying to determine whether there is any validity to this article. I never really noticed and now I will always be looking at cats differently!
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
10 Nov 12
I thought so and hoped it would be. I hope you can spend more time with them and see how they act with their left or right handedness. I'm glad I made you think about it, it is a different subject to come across.
@silverfox09 (4722)
• United States
10 Nov 12
That is news to me , it didnt even cross my mind . It would be cute if I had more than one kittens to observed this . For the moment I have no pets at all . Cats are just too cute , wonder if that is the same with dogs ..
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
10 Nov 12
Me neither but I read it and I was thinking it might make a great discussion here and would be fun to read the comments. I wish I had more than one cat nowadays too but I'm happy with the one I have. She was brought to me attention one day before my birthday. Since most of my birthdays really are terrible, this year being the worst with the surgery I had to have, I thought she would be one of the best things I got for one of them.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
9 Nov 12
I have noticed it with my cats, many years ago. It is hysterical to watch them box each other...especially if one is a south paw and the other is a right pawed cat. They kind of look like they are stacking paws like kids do when they are putting their fists on top of each other. It also shows up when they are batting their toys around. I had always thought that cats (and dogs) didn't have the dominant paw feature that humans do. But even with the dogs it shows dominance...and they are a critter that I thought would definitely NOT have a dominance factor when it came to which was the paw they used the most. It seems like scientists are a bit slow when they are observing and learning about critters and their lifestyles. But at least for the critters they don't have someone trying to change the dominant appendage to the one that the person feels the critter (or human) should be using. At least the cats (and dogs) don't have to worry about raising their right "paw" when they are taking the oath in court, saluting the flag, shaking hands and whatever. Come to think of it, dogs do demonstrate their dominant "paw" when they shake hands. You've really posted a great discussion! It makes me stop and think and also will make me stop and observe the critters and see how they demonstrate their dominant paw.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
10 Nov 12
I wish I had thought to notice it years ago, it might have been something to ponder about. I never liked watched them "box" but have seen it happen, I always try to stop those fights though when I had multiple pets. One of mine (cats) in general used to be quite fiercely combative with other animals even dogs on the street, etc. Just to jump on them or attack them, even. he once tried to run after a duck in the yard but I had my eye on him and prevented him from doing it. He was one tough kitty cat. LOL I never thought about that and raising their paws in court, that would be hilarious if they had to do that. They do use their paws to shake hands so that is one way to tell. If you have them trained to do that that is. Thanks, I'm glad you like the discussion. I thought it might be fun, for some of us cat and pet owners in general.
@Asylum (48090)
• Manchester, England
7 Nov 12
I have never heard this before, but it certainly does not surprise me. Researchers tend to come along with the most absurd suggestions, many of which cannot be practically verified. I read once that all Polar Bears are left handed. This seemed a totally bizarre statement and I cannot truly accept it. How on earth would you ever know if a Polar Bear was left handed? The same applies to a cat, there is no way to justify such a statement because cats do not do enough with their to differentiate one preference from another.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
10 Nov 12
Researchers do have alot of the most interesting things to research on I agree. All polar bears are left handed? Thats interesting. That I didn't know either. I guess they were observed through behaviour while in captivity for a long time, in some sort of zoo.
@factorial (979)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
Thanks for the information NailTech. I will watch my cats tomorrow.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
You're most welcome and I hope you can observe it in them. It might take more than a day or so as they can be tricky with things like that. I like your avatar by the way!
@ludihu (37)
• China
7 Nov 12
I want to respond to your discussion only because I just got scratched by a cat on my finger a few days ago. He is lovely and seemed want to play with me. I touched him and he suddenly scratched my hand. I dont like cat. I prefer a dog.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
Yes sometimes cats will do that, it can mean anything from being upset or even playful. You just have to understand cats better and they will be OK with you. I have been scratched, bitten, peed on, and other things but still love them. Dogs can bite also but scratch they can't do to much of cause they don;t have the right nails that cats were born with. If you are ever scratched by the cat, go straight to the sink and wash the scratch out w/ warm water & soap -- and put some medicine on it to keep away infection and possibly wrap it in a bandaid or bandage.
@jopipay (336)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
hi NailTech, I did not know this until now.Thank you for sharing this.I am trying to remember my cat before if he was left-pawed or right-pawed.I wish I was able to identify it before.Now,I am missing my cat:(
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
I'm so sorry you are missing your cat. I miss all of mine that have since gone now. One in particular who was with me the longest and of course all of the others too. It is so sad when they pass away. If it helps to make you feel any better I never noticed it in those cats I used to have either and wish I did.
@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
I have a cat and she is a right handed cat. I will observe tomorrow if she also uses her left hand.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
Cool that you have noticed this. I think you are a very observant cat owner.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
I'm not sure of that but one day, I saw a cat grabbing something, he used his left and right pawed and I was amused of it. :-)
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
Yes they do tend to use both paws sometimes, not always. depending on what they want to grab I suppose. It can be amusing to watch them play and such.
@lizlee (208)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
Hi there! Wow! This is something new. I used to have a cat, well cats but I never really noticed which paw they used more often. But there's quite a few things I know about cats. I read somewhere that cats don't have a sweet tastebud. Meaning they can't taste sweets! Another is that when they are extremely happy, they have their tails up. Unlike with dogs, they usually wag their tails when they are happy. This is really something new. Thanks for sharing :)
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
Hi Lizlee. It isn't common to notice that in a cat so no wonder you haven't noticed it when you had cats. Yes cats have their tails in different ways than dogs when happy. I have not heard that about the sweet tastebuds but it is probably another known fact like you said. Thanks for sharing, it is always interesting to find things out about them.
@aejey322 (1004)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
wow! a new knowledge for me. I also was never concern about it because I believe it doesn't matter anyway. They do not write like us people do. Well, maybe if we give attention to it, we can observe by the way they play and clean themselves by licking their paw and wiping their face. Now, I got an idea to observe that on my cats. Thanks!
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
yes it doesn't matter al that much but it is just an interesting tidbit if nothing else. they don't write but have seen them try to open doors and such and always wondered how they could do that. i hope you can tell eventually by observing your cats and possibly post it back here again.
@celticeagle (122952)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Nov 12
We have multiple cats. I think all of them are right pawed. I don't recall any left pawed cats. Most I have watched use their right paws. THis is interesting but seems normal for animals. I never thought anything about this until I read this. Very interesting and thanks for sharing it with us/me.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
IT mus t be that most are righties too just like humans. I am guessing and not for sure on it though. Never thought about it either til I read the article. It gives us something to think about that we have never thought of before at least.
@averygirl72 (16726)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
Never did I noticed if a cat is left handed or right handed but it can be true, why not? We ordinary cats in the house. What type of cat is expensive type of cat as a pet? I love cats and I don't like dogs.
@NailTech (6884)
• United States
7 Nov 12
It certainly can, I have to keep an eye on my cat to see if it is true or not. Maybe for a week or so and when she isn't sleeping instead LOL. Cats sleep for 12 hours a day so it is quite hard to notice. An expensive type of cat would probably be something domestic but exotic such as a Bengal, or even something like an Angora.