Does Your Cat Cross His or Her Paws?

Does Your Cat Cross His or Her Paws?

Caymus Crossed Paws
Caymus Crossed Paws

Caymus, one of my parents’ Seal Mitted Ragdoll cats, always crosses his paws when he lays down.  I absolutely love it.

Does your cat cross his or her paws?  If he or she does, is it always left over right or right over left?  I think Caymus is usually left over right, although I cannot be for sure.  Is this Ragdoll cat behavior or just cat behavior?

See photos of Ragdoll cats with crossed paws here.

Caymus Crossed Paws
Caymus Crossed Paws
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  1. Yes! Penelope does this frequently. It is the cutest!

  2. My randomly crosses her paws too! None of my other cats have ever done this. I think it may be a ragdoll behavior.

    1. =) I’ve learned one thing in the 14 years of running this site – nothing is unique to Ragdolls only =)

      1. Dear Jenny,
        You’re right. My M&F Maine Coon Cats both cross their paws. I’ve had many cats, including Siamese, and I believe these are the first cats I’ve had that cross their front paws when hanging out.Maybe it’s because both breeds are big and have a lot of hair. Our cats also have lots of extra toes, front and back. Our female uses those paws to tap me to pet her.My Male is an even bigger snuggle bug. Right after he eats, he comes to snuggle with me. We also have a 130lb.Huge Long Haired German Shepherd Rescue dog that loves the male cat. He reins him in and slobbers on him and tries to pick him up by the head. The cat adores the dog and nuzzles into the German Shepherd’s thick coats of hair. Last but not least, we have a tiny multi-poo, who is 7 years old and under 10lbs. I’ve enjoyed reading about this breed of cats. Cheers!

        1. I grew up with GSDs and love the long-haired! And love polydactyl cats too – thanks for commenting =)

          1. Anonymous says:

            Dear Jenny
            Both my Balinese cat, Gabita and my Ragdoll, Ghost cross their paws, I think it’s so cute, like there distinguished little ladies they are

  3. Janice Waters says:

    Why does my Ragdoll cross her paws

  4. Sometimes he does and some times he just flops wherever he decides to take a nap.

    I have an adorable holiday picture of him with crossed paws though on his Instagram!

    1. Denise Justice says:

      I have 2 short hair domestic cats who cross their paws. They cross left over right.

  5. I’m looking for a ragdoll kitten to care for. My Chloe, went to sleep on December 18, and after 14 years of being my therapy kitty over the kids of my murdered son, we were inseparable. Can someone please help me?

    1. Oh, Jan, I am so very sorry to read about both of your losses.

      I learned long ago not to recommend breeders! I believe that people should make sure to do their homework on reputable breeding practices and decide for themselves. But some readers do recommend some breeders.

      Here are the pages on the site that you might find helpful:

      How to Know if a Cat Breeder is Reputable: An Interview with Bette Willette

      A small checklist when looking for a breeder:
      Are they TICA or CFA registered?
      Do they show their cats?
      Do they DNA test?
      Do they keep kittens at least 12 weeks of age?
      Do they provide a health guarantee?
      Do the kittens come to you already spayed/neutered?
      Do you feel comfortable with the communication with the breeder? You want to be able to contact your breeder months or years down the road with questions.

      To see if a cattery is actually registered with TICA, you can go to this website. Be patient, when adding the cattery name into the search engine, it can take a minute or two to respond. The TICA online list is only a list of TICA catteries that decided to pay an extra fee to be listed. It is actually a very small percentage of Ragdoll breeders that did choose to advertise there.

      For CFA cattery names, you can check here.

      RFCI is a great place to look also, the catteries listed there have been checked thoroughly to ensure they are registered with one or more of the major cat associations. They do sign a code of ethics as well, however with any breeder, do your own research and homework.

      Watch out for scams –

      You might also search for a Ragdoll rescue, so we have the following webpage to help you find a Ragdoll Rescue in your area:

      If you find someone you like, you can always send me a link to their website and if I see any red flags, I will let you know – that’s the best I can do.

      Good luck! Hope that helps and hope you’ll share your new little one with us on Facebook when you get s/he.


  6. Patti Johnson says:

    Oh, yes! Miss Pink Sugarbelle is a Paw Crosser for sure! It’s usually left over right but I’ve seen her do right over left, too. It’s so cute when they cross their paws. I love it!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugardoodles 🙂 <3

  7. mstarcevic says:

    Our little blue mitted boy crosses his paws quite often and looks so cute doing it. Sometimes I find him asleep in the sink with his paws crossed as a pillow. I’ll post a picture of him with his paws crossed on your facebook page. I don’t think I’ve seen my little blue bi-color female do it.

  8. Yes! I have a brother and sister Maine Coon mix (I think!) and the brother, Smokey, ALWAYS crosses his paws when he lays down. It’s so adorable and every time I see it, I tell him (in my best British accent) you’re such a proper bloke. Haha, I decided to Google this which led me to this page. The irony is that he can be a naughty, rambunctious boy but looks so proper and sophisticated when he lays down.

  9. Lauren Atkinson says:

    Yes my cat does this too! He’s a Tuxedo cat, so I always thought it really fit the formal attire of his coat! He does left over right (he’s sitting infront of me right now doing it haha). It’s so cute. I just wonder why some cats do it and some don’t. Either way I just adore it, it’s soooo cute! Your cat’s a cutie omg. Very, very cute!
    Have a great day,
    Canada 🙂

  10. My Siamese/Harlequin mix, Bettye, just started crossing her paws about 3 months ago.
    She chooses left over right about 90% of the time.
    It’s adorable and she looks very comfortable and relaxed.
    I’ve owned her for nearly 3 years now and was curious to see her suddenly start this behavior.
    Bettye is 12 years old.I also own her mother, Madeleine who does not repose in this manner. So Bettye thought this up on her own.
    I was searching on the web for this subject and found you. Thanks.

  11. Amaryllis says:

    My Siberian crosses her paws, so I don’t think this behavior is limited to Ragdolls!

      1. Amaryllis says:

        I have tons, but I’m on my iPad right now. As soon as I’m on a computer I’ll post one. However, Siberians aren’t floppy cats, only Ragdolls and Ragamuffins have that distinction. She is a pretty colorpoint though.

        1. simply not true, I have a Birman and he is a VERY floppy cat. That is where Ragdolls get this characteristic from, It is their relation to the original blue and seal point Birman cats.

    1. Anonymous says:

      My grey tabby sleeps with her paws crossed. Very ladylike.

  12. My roommie’s cats used to cross their paws, it was so cute. I always thought they looked as if they were royalty whenever they crossed their paws. The smaller black one crossed his paws and would put his head down and take a short cat nap in that position – this was adorable!!

  13. I just realized I wrote the wrong name…sorry, Caymus! 🙂

    1. Alissa – no worries – of all the cats I know Caymus wouldn’t mind – now, Murphy would have been upset – but not Caymus – not an aggressive bone in his body!! =)

  14. Well, if that isn’t the most adorable thing ever! Raina does it rarely, but our neightbor’s cat (a barn cat) does it a lot. Isn’t it precious when Charlie does it? 🙂

    1. Charlie rarely does it – but Caymus sure does – that’s Caymus in the photos! He’s a doll! I love that the barn cat does!

    2. agreed. Sophie my mixed breed long haired cat loves to cross her paws. defenitly not just ragdolls do it.

  15. Sparkle, my Tonkingese crossed her paws. Patches, the calico, crossed her paws. Annabella, the Ragdoll, doesn’t. I think it looks so cute, like they’re just way cool and relaxed 🙂 Of course, Charlie and Trigg are just way cool anyway 🙂

      1. Anonymous says:

        my mixed breed also crossed her paws a couple of times.

      2. my cat also has crossed her paws a few times!

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