Dewey here. This week Flash and I decided we were overdue for some Fascinating Feline Facts. We cats are such intriguing creatures that I could go on and on, but I will settle for amazing you with one very interesting fact today.
Before we get started, Flash wanted me to let you know that we will have a new “Guest Recommender” on Friday. I keep telling him “Recommender” isn’t a real word, but he doesn’t care. Anyway, I’m only allowed to tell you that her name starts with an E and she is nine years old. I’m sure you won’t want to miss her post!
Now, back to Fascinating Feline Facts. Did you know that most cats are right-pawed or left-pawed? Yes, it’s true! The easiest way to find out which paw your cat prefers would be to ask him. But since you humans can’t understand our telepathic speech without Mortimer’s Interspecies Translator, I have devised three simple tests to help you determine your cat’s dominant paw.
According to the research I read, 40% of cats are right-pawed, 20% are left-pawed, and 40% are ambidextrous. In case you were wondering, that is a fancy word that means uses both paws equally. Some humans are ambidextrous as well, but not very many. In fact, there are studies that say nearly 90% of humans are right-handed, about 9% are left-handed, and only 1% are truly ambidextrous!
IMPORTANT: To accurately decide the pawedness of your cat, you must perform these tests over a period of time, not just once or twice.
The first test is to roll a toy slightly to one side of your cat, then the other side. Does he usually reach for the toy with the same paw? Or use each paw equally?
Next, toss the toy toward your cat. Again note if he catches the toy with one paw more often than the other.
And finally, watch your cat in the litter box. When he is covering his “business” which paw does he use the most? Or does he switch back and forth?
So are you amazed? I bet you didn’t know your cat could be right-pawed or left-pawed, did you? Now if we only had thumbs, we could RULE THE WORLD!
Pardon me, did I say that out loud? I meant, “Meow.”