That’s what Michael, a student who lives near Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, tried to determine for his science fair project. Using a series of three tests, Michael and his mom gathered data from some of the cats at Best Friends. First, they dangled a toy in front of each feline participant and noted how many left- and right-paw swipes were taken. Next, they placed some treats inside a skinny glass jar to see which paw the cats used to reach for the treats. And finally, a spoonful of food was held just out of reach, causing the cats again to grab for the goodies.
What were the results? With a sample size of around 30 cats, 59% demonstrated left-pawedness, 26% right-paw, and 15% ambidextrous. Now that’s my kind of science project! Great job, Michael!
Read the whole story here. Photos by Gary Kalpakoff.