Does Your Cat Cross His or Her Paws?

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny

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.

Do 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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21 thoughts on “Does Your Cat Cross His or Her Paws?

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Annie says:

    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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. Susanna says:

    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.

  6. Melody says:

    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!!

    • Jenny says:

      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!! =)

  7. Alissa says:

    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? 🙂

    • Jenny | says:

      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!

  8. Brita says:

    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 🙂

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