Aby-a-Day – June 10 – Alpaca my bags

A couple of weeks ago, I posted photos (taken back in 2010) of Angel playing with a cat toy made of alpaca fur.

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Well, Jacoby took a turn with the alpaca toy, too.

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Keep in mind that these photos are nearly two years old, and in them, Jake’s just a bit over a year old – not even fully grown!

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Although, honestly? He really doesn’t look much different then than he does now. The only real way I can tell when these photos were taken is by the tag on his collar.

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Not sure if that’s because even when young, Abys look like adults, or…

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…it’s because Jake is just not very mature! 🙂

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Here’s a fine example of Aby grabby hands in action!

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Um, Jake? The string isn’t meant to be used as dental floss!

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I tried to watch him, but I really couldn’t tell if he’s right-handed…

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…or left-handed. He seemed to use either paw equally.

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Oh, yes, cats are indeed left- or right-handed; in fact, females are more likely to be right-handed and males are more likely to be left-handed.

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(I suppose I should say “pawed” in place of “handed”)

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However, the study also found that the hand preference only seemed to come out when the cats were trying to do something relatively complex; for simple tasks (like playing with a toy on a string), they seemed to use either hand interchangeably. And one male in the study did actually turn out to be ambidextrous.

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So, it’s possible that this wasn’t complex enough for Jake’s hand preference to show, or he could not have a preference.

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Although, I’m pretty sure the study didn’t say anything about tongues..!