Monday, July 27, 2009

Right or left pawed?

Female cats tend to use their right front paw while male cats more often rely upon their left front paw, according to a new study that suggests the sex of a cat determines how its brain will be wired. Cats were given tasks to perfrom:

For the first task, the researchers placed a bit of tuna at the bottom of an otherwise empty, narrow-mouthed jar. They then observed how the cats attempted to extract the food treat.

Task two involved a fabric mouse on a string that was suspended above each cat's head. The paw that was first used to reach for the toy was recorded.

Finally, the scientists took the same toy for task two and slowly dragged it on the ground in front of the cats.

In humans, the steroid hormone testosterone has been linked to left handedness. This hormonal link also appears to carry over to animals. For example, studies on dogs that haven't been spayed or neutered show the same sex-based split, with female dogs favoring their front right paw and males favoring their left. No sex difference, however, was observed during tests involving neutered dogs.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

New blog post from Dr Jo

What do you do to help animals?
Read this and take a moment ot reflect on what else you might do with your time, knowledge or resources to help animals in our community.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

What animal rivals humans in the scale of its world domination? Answer here

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Dog of the week

Delta Society Australia has a fabulous Pet Partner, therapy dog program. You can see and read about the Therapy Dog of the Week here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

World Dog Games

The Purina World Dog Games willtake place in Sydney later this year. Flyball & agility enthusiasts get ready!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Panda porn & unexpected birth

Whenpanda pornography didn't entice a male panda to mate with his female partner at a Thai zoo, staff next tried artificial insemination, which resulted in a surprise birth this week. More here

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Radio podcasts

You can listen to Dr Jo's answers to pet behaviour problems in podcasts. Here's a list of them.