Just like humans, pet cats tend to favor one side, using one paw or lying down on one side more than the other. In the most adorable study protocol of all time, researchers from the Queen’s University Belfast watched as 44 cats reached for food from an unusual feeder, laid down, slinked down stairs and stepped into their litter boxes. The researchers published their findings in Animal Behavior in December. For more on the study, and what a preference of one paw over the other might mean, please read the full story on Newsweek.com.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you everything you need to know about your cat’s dental health, on Tuesday, we asked you to shop Hauspanther to help owner Kate Benjamin, who is battling cancer, on Wednesday, we explored why cats bring us gifts, on Thursday, we suggested that you spoil your Valentine kitty with adorable felted catnip hearts, and on Friday, we reviewed Talk to the Paw.
You can always count on Cole and Marmalade for entertaining cat videos. I thought this one was particularly clever – and bonus, you get to see Marmalade as a kitten. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.