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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: 2161 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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Kelly
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Jan 19, 2009

I have definitely noticed "handedness" in cats. I have 7 of my own, plus always have rescues coming through. I don't notice so much in the way their nails wear down but more in the way they play. Most of them seem to show a left or right preference when batting balls or swatting at any toys. I have a couple who dip their paws in the water bowl & then lick the water off & they always use the same paw: one seems to be left-pawed & one right. Another always uses her right paw to pull food out of the bowl & another always uses his left paw to cover things & to rearrange his fleece blanket so its just right to snuggle into.

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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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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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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 05, 2009

That's very interesting. I am going to start looking closer at mine, althiugh I don't think that is true with him. He seems to use both paws to do things. I do notice his back nails need trimmed only half as often as the front ones.

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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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