Is Your Pet Right- Or Left-Pawed?

Is Your Pet Right- Or Left-Pawed?

Around 90% of humans are right-handed, compared to about 50% of cats and dogs. Cats are slightly more likely than canines to be ambidextrous. Determining your pet's dominant paw takes a bit of diligence: Dr. Stefanie Schwartz, a member of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, recommends conducting several tests over time that will reveal your pooch's or kitty's preference.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Female cats and dogs tend to be right-pawed, whereas males tend to be left-pawed. (0:58)

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    Cats typically don't strongly express a paw preference while playing, but do when pursuing a treat. (2:51)

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    A cat named "Dusty" gave birth to 420 kittens during her lifetime. (5:49)

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