I’ve always wondered: can animals be left- and right-pawed?

Lloyd, Janice, and Squires, Richard (2017) I’ve always wondered: can animals be left- and right-pawed? The Conversation, 25 September 2017. pp. 1-4.

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[Extract] While watching my cat engaging in yet another battle with my shoelace, I noticed that he seemed mainly to use his left front paw. Do animals have a more dextrous side that they favour for particular tasks, just like humans? – Mike, Perth.

The short answer is: yes they do! Like humans, many animals tend to use one side of the body more than the other. This innate handedness (or footedness) is called behavioural or motor laterality.

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