Left or Right Pawed?

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Is your dog or cat right or left pawed? Read on to find out the simple test you can do to see which is the dominant paw in your pet!

Sylvester, the boss, at Mulberry Lane Veterinary Clinic has been doing his own test. Apparently cats will use either paw when they are just playing, but when they really want something (like food in Sylvester’s case!) they will use their dominant paw.

Now Sylvester, just to be different, is in the 10% ambidextrous category! Cheeky Sylvester, who is on a diet, decides to reach into Seamus’s cage and take some of his food with his left paw! We have carried out some of the tests below and found he will use his right paw as well, when he wants something. He certainly has cheeky, inquisitive characteristics! Click here to see a cheeky video of Sylvester stealing food with his left paw!

A study at a University in Turkey in 1991 showed 50% of cats are right pawed, 40% left pawed and 10% ambidextrous! Research on puppies training to be Guide Dogs have been astonishing. Puppies who are right pawed are twice as likely to succeed as a Guide Dog and puppies who have hair whorls that go anticlockwise are twice as likely to graduate.

The right paw is linked by a cross- over of neurons to the left side of the brain. The right side of the brain is emotional so left pawed dogs are more fearful and anxious (not good qualities for a Guide dog). Right pawed dogs are more bold and inquisitive.

50% of dogs are right pawed and 50% are left pawed.
90% of humans are right handed and 10% are left handed.


Here are some tests to check whether your dog or cat is left pawed or right pawed:

See which paw your dog shakes your hand with.
What paw does your dog use to knock on the door to come in?
Hide a treat under the sofa. See which paw your dog or cat uses to retrieve the treat.
Hide a treat under a dish and see which paw your dog or cat uses to find the treat.

We would love to know your answer! Click here to like us on Facebook and let us know. We could carry out our own survey at Mulberry Lane Veterinary Clinic


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