Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Cat's Paw?


Research based on their owner's observations (always subject to a bit of concern) over an extended period on 44 neutered pet cats by researchers at Queen's University Belfast has confirmed that individual animals have a dominant paw when entering a litter box, starting to walk et cetera (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/22/paw-choice-cats-show-right-and left-hand-preferences). They did, however, find that male cats tended to use their left paw and females the right. As the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body (and vice versa), they speculated that this might account for the more prominent fear responses evident in males (the right side of the brain is said to be more concerned with 'emotional' factors than the left side). 

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