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The researchers found that female cats are more likely to be right-footed

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have found that female cats are more likely to use their right leg than males.

Researchers from Queen's University Belfast have found that female cats are more likely to use their right foot than males.

Dr. Louise McDowell, Dr. Deborah Wells, and Professor Peter Hepper of Queen's School of Psychology have recruited 44 cats including 24 males, 20 females, and all of them are monitored daily life behavior. The information you need to collect is a cat litter using your left or right leg when going downstairs, passing through obstructions or sleeping on the left and right sides. The trial also caught cats with food in a three-story feeding tower.

The results showed that most cats preferred to use their legs for food (73%), step down (70%), and step through (66%) and the preference for the left or right foot is suitable for most missions, both spontaneous and mandatory.


In all cases, male cats prefer to use the left leg more, while the female is more inclined to use the right foot. However, when sleeping cats are not particularly interested in any side.

Dr. Deborah Wells said that although more research is needed to investigate why there is a sex choice for such behavior, it may be due to hormones." These findings increasingly emphasize the fundamental differences in the neuronal architecture of male and female animals," she commented.

Queen's researchers also explained that these findings could help its owners understand how their pets deal with stress through daily travel habits.

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Deborah Wells Louise McDowell Peter Hepper Queen 's School of Psychology Queen 's University Belfast

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