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When your cat knocks your favorite coffee mug off the counter, does it use its left paw or its right?
There’s no need to sacrifice any drink-ware for the answer; your cat’s gender should tell you enough. According to a small feline-behavior study published in the journal Animal Behaviour, female cats are significantly more likely to be right-paw-dominant, while male cats typically favor their left paws. And while this bit of purr-snickety trivia might seem insignificant, your cat’s dominant paw may be an indicator of the animal’s well-being, said study author Deborah Wells, a reader at Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Psychology.
For starters: Yes, cats can (and often do) have a dominant paw preference. When animals favor one side of their body over another, it’s known as laterality, Wells and her colleagues wrote. Laterality also exists in amphibians, rodents, primates, marsupials and even whales. [10 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained]
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