The effects of testosterone on paw preference in adult cats

Int J Neurosci. 1991 Jan-Feb;56(1-4):187-91. doi: 10.3109/00207459108985415.


The effects of testosterone on paw preference assessed by a food reaching test was studied in adult cats. It was found that tetosterone propionate injected intramuscularly reduced the degree of the right-paw preference in right-preferent female cats. The paw preference of the male cats and left-preferent female cats was not affected by this male sex hormone. It was concluded that testosterone may especially suppress the left brain to induce ambilaterality in right-paw preference in adult female cats.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cats
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality / drug effects*
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Male
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Testosterone / pharmacology*


  • Testosterone