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September 27, 2017

Sci-Fi Eye Chart

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September 27, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Is your cat a southpaw?

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You've probably never given it much thought — I'd never even considered whether Gray Cat (above) might be a lefty until I read Sue Manning's Worcester Telegram & Gazette story.

Excerpts from her article follow.

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Could your dog or cat be a southpaw?

Vets and owners agree that pets… have right and left preferences.

A 1991 study at Ataturk University in Turkey showed 50% of cats were right-pawed, 40% were left-pawed, and 10% were ambidextrous.

About 90% of humans are right-handed and 10% are left-handed.

Here are a few simple tests you can do to determine your cat's preference.

Doing them 100 times (over several days) should give you an answer.

 

1. Put something sticky on the cat's nose. Which paw does the animal use to remove it?

2. Place a treat or a piece of cheese under a sofa, just beyond a cat’s reach. Which paw does it use to try and get it out?

3. Dangle a toy over a cat’s head. Which paw does it lift to bat it?

4. Put a treat under a bowl. Which paw does the cat use to move it?



There are a few things that might alter test results:

• If a cat has arthritis or an injury in a shoulder or leg, it could use the other to compensate.

• When a cat really wants something, tests show it uses its dominant paw, but when it's just fooling around, it may use either or both.

• It's possible that handedness in cats will change over time as the animal's motivation changes.

September 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Ice Cream Cone Fan

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• 5.5" x 2.2" x 2"

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• Requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

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Vanilla or Strawberry: $16.

September 27, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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