Are left-handed animals among animals? - Wikipet
Like humans, dogs and cats can be right-handed or left-handed.
With dogs, the situation is much simpler than with cats, and simple methods will help determine which side dominates. It is enough to pay attention to which paw the dog uses in games, with which paw he pushes toys to himself, which paw he gives first on command. In addition, right-handed and left-handed individuals may vary slightly in character, as research suggests.
For example, left-handed dogs are more cautious and more aggressive towards strangers, most guide dogs and service dogs are right-handed or ambivalent, as left-handed dogs are eliminated due to their inappropriate character. Another interesting fact is the dependence of how much right- or left-footness is manifested, and the courage of the dog. The brighter the preference for the right or left paw is expressed, the easier the dog adapts to the new environment. The less pronounced, the more anxious and uncertain the dog behaves.
In cats, tracing right- and left-foot is much more difficult. By what kind of paw the cat is scratched, this is not exactly determined, but nevertheless, the feline also has righties and lefties. For all this, according to the research of Deborah Wells and Sarah Millsopp (psychologists from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland), most right-handed people are cats, and left-handed people are cats.
To find out for sure which cat’s paw dominates, you will need to make him do something really complicated, harder than scratching or playing with a feather. “The harder the task that we set for the cat, the more truthful the result will be,” says Wells.She and Millsopp invited 42 cats to pass a pleasant test - to get a certain amount of tuna from a narrow-necked jar so that the cat's head would not crawl. Among the 21st cats, all but one used the right paw for each of the ten trials, while 20 of the 21 cats gave preference to the left paw. Only one cat was ambivalent. According to Wells, this is due to different levels of hormones - prenatal testosterone determines left-handedness. A similar relationship has also been identified in dogs and horses.