If left-handed people are more creative, is the same true for left-pawed cats?
Researchers at the Animal Behavior Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast analyzed data collected by the owners of 44 domestic short-hair cats—20 females and 24 males. The owners were asked to track whether their feline friends used their right or left paw when taking the first step down the stairs and when stepping into a litter box. They were also asked to observe which side their cats tended to rest on.
So, does lateral bias matter? Might cats really have a preference, or is so-called paw preference not actually a preference but just habit?
Cats who favor using a left paw likely rely more heavily on the right hemispheres of their brains, tending to display stronger fear responses and aggression than right-limbed animals, which are usually left-hemisphere dominant. However, before making any assumptions regarding a correlation to emotion, there needs to be a study to confirm that stronger aggressive responses may occur more often in left-pawed cats. Temperament was not considered in this study. However, perhaps it could be true: Left-pawed cats might be more creative.