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Anwndur
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More cats favour their left paw than their right. Is this true, or just a load of dingleberries?

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XhiXhi
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According to one of my Psych lecturers (psych 109 at Auckland University) who has done work on hemispheric laterelisation on a number of animals, the vast majority show a preference for using their right paw/flipper/foot as the dominant appendage, so according to him this would make most cats right pawed - however, the skew towards right ?edness isn't as biased as it is in Humans, so a larger majority of animals will be "southpaws" than their human friends.

I'll see if I can dig out the file from the lecture as I took the paper last semester.

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kit_n_caboodle
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Well, maybe my cat is ambidextrous. He will alternate paws when he's practicing "high-fiving" me.

He also alternates paws when he's trying to retrieve a Q-Tip (TM) from the bathroom sink drain (which he deposits there for the sole purpose of retrieving it).

Of course, that is merely anecdotal evidence from a single animal. YMMV

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I'm Dreaming of a White Canvas
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My cats use their right paws to poke me in the face while I'm sleeping. I use whatever paw is closest to encourage them to move along.

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