mugumogu / YouTube
Natalia Lusinski
March 20, 2016 10:58 am

Now, in two easy steps, you can determine if your cat is right- or left-handed, courtesy of Japanese YouTube channel mugumogu and their cats, Maru and Hana. Though cats can be ambidextrous, they often have a dominant hand—or paw, as it were.

To see which paw your cat prefers, all you need is:

  • A glass
  • A cat treat or pellet of food

Then, the paw that is taken out first is the dominant one.

In the mugumogu video, while Hana mastered the experiment easily…

mugumogu / YouTube

Maru seemed to be focusing on the task at hand (or paw)…

mugumogu / YouTube

But then mistook the actual glass for food…

mugumogu / YouTube

Then took a few tries before using a paw to get the food…

mugumogu / YouTube

Hence, the right paw won.

mugumogu / YouTube

“Awww, I’m right-pawed too, Maru! : ) I think he was more interested in whether he could get IN the glass though. lol,” said YouTube user TwistedBarbie.

Only ten percent of the human population worldwide is left-handed, but this goes up a lot when we’re talking cats—up to 40 percent, according to a study at Turkey’s Ataturk University. Who knew? In another study, female cats were shown to be right-pawed more so than males, while approximately 10 percent of cats are said to be ambidextrous.

So, what about your cat? Is he or she right- or left-pawed? Now’s as good a time as any to find out.

If you want to check out mugumogu’s full video featuring cats Maru and Hana, you can do so here:

And, if you want even more cat-cuteness in your life, you can check out mugumogu’s YouTube channel. Some of their cat videos have gotten over 21,000,000 (!) views.

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