Monday, July 27, 2009

Kappa Alpha Tau Report

Lovecraft Loved Cats. Periodically, the HPLblog gives you breaking cat news. :)

Is your cat left or right pawed?
10:28 24 July 2009 by Ewen Callaway
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Researchers tasked 42 domestic cats to ferret out a bit of tuna in a jar too small for their heads. Among 21 females, all but one favoured the right paw across dozens of trials, while 20 out of 21 males preferentially used the left. One male proved ambidextrous.

Not so for two simpler activities: pawing at a toy mouse suspended in the air or dragged on ground from a string. No matter their sex, all of the cats wielded their right and left paws about equally on these less demanding tasks.

Journal reference: Animal Behaviour (DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.06.010)

{Chrispy likes cats, too. Which paw does YOUR cat use?)

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