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Is your cat left or right pawed ?

By Dr HELEN BURNS BVSc (Hons) | Dated August 27, 2018

Is your cat left or right pawed ? (and other interesting cat facts)

  • Female cats are usually right –pawed and male cats are usually left-pawed. Whereas only 10% of the human population is left handed, it is though that approximately 40% of the cat population is.
  • Most calico and tortoiseshell cats are female, and most ginger cats are male.
  • And even more than that, there are strong links between personality and coat colour. It is certainly strongly anecdotally reported that ginger cats tend to be more outgoing, whereas torties tend to be more independent and bond strongly to just one person.
  • White cats with blue eyes are more likely to be deaf.
  • Have you ever wondered how cats squeeze through tiny spaces? Cats don’t have an articulated collarbone, rather the clavicle is free floating , held in place by muscle. This, and their very flexible spine, means that cats can squeeze through spaces that are only slightly wider than their head.
  • Adult cats don’t meow at each other, just at people.
  • Domestic cats spend approximately 70 % of their life asleep, which is only slightly less than the time a koala sleeps for!

 

Dr HELEN BURNS BVSc (Hons)
Written by Dr HELEN BURNS BVSc (Hons)

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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