A couple of weeks ago, I posted photos (taken back in 2010) of Angel playing with a cat toy made of alpaca fur.
Well, Jacoby took a turn with the alpaca toy, too.
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!
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.
Not sure if that’s because even when young, Abys look like adults, or…
…it’s because Jake is just not very mature! 🙂
Here’s a fine example of Aby grabby hands in action!
Um, Jake? The string isn’t meant to be used as dental floss!
I tried to watch him, but I really couldn’t tell if he’s right-handed…
…or left-handed. He seemed to use either paw equally.
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.
(I suppose I should say “pawed” in place of “handed”)
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.
So, it’s possible that this wasn’t complex enough for Jake’s hand preference to show, or he could not have a preference.
Although, I’m pretty sure the study didn’t say anything about tongues..!