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Q: Do you believe that cats, similar to humans, are either right-pawed or left-pawed?

January 5, 2009 | By Ragdollkitties | 5 answers | Expired: 1917 days ago

Ragdollkitties

I notice when I trim my cats' nails that the claws on one front paw are always worn down much more than the claws on the other paw. This is true of all 3 of my cats. I think they use one paw more than the other in their daily activities. What do you think?

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Mary Lee B.
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Jan 05, 2009

What a great question! I definitely think my cats show a preference for one of their front paws. I haven't noticed the difference when I trim their claws but rather when I play "catch" with them. They always bat at the toy or grasp for it with the same paw.

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Lindyg
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Jan 06, 2009

I have noticed that my cats, like people, tend to be right or left pawed when they play or try to open a door, or whatever. But as for the nails themselves, there seem to be individual nails on each paw taht grow at various rates. On each paw some nails will be long & very short, while others will be much more blunt. I find this to be true on both front & rear feet.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 05, 2009

Mine definitely are similar to humans. One is ambidextrous, one can almost fake it with his left paw and one is strictly right-pawed. My cat door has an inside flap that they can only open with their left paws (I'd been hoping they wouldn't be able open it at all, but...). One opens it easily, one with difficulty, and one not at all.

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