Can You Get A Purr-fect Score On This Cat Quiz?

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Calling all cat lovers! We've got the purrrrfect quiz for you. And we're not kitten around when we say we want to see just how well you know these crazy cat facts -- if you're feline up to it, that is. Do you think you've got enough cool cat skills to answer these questions about your favorite feline friends? Find out in this fur-midable quiz.

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1. A male cat is known as a...

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  1. Tom
  2. Drone
  3. Bull
  4. Cock
A male cat is usually called a "tom" or a "tomcat". If said male cat has been neutered, it's then known as a "gib".
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2. Time for a cat nap! How much of a house cat's life is spent sleeping?

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  1. 100%
  2. Up to 20%
  3. Up to 70%
  4. Up to 10%
It has been found that cats spend more than two-thirds of their lives sleeing.
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3. A group of kittens is called a:

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  1. Swarm
  2. Murder
  3. Litter
  4. Gaggle
A group of kittens is called a "litter". But they also go by the name "kindle".
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4. A group of adult cats is known as a _____.

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  1. Bounce Pounce
  2. Clowder or Glaring
  3. Business
  4. Cat-Astrophe
A group of adult cats is called a "clowder". Cats that are uncertain of each other are collectively known as a "glaring".
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5. About what percentage of a cat's day is spent on grooming?

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  1. 1%
  2. 30% - 50%
It is considered perfectly normal behavior for a cat to spend between 30% and 50% of their day grooming.
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6. What cold state once had a city whose mayor was a cat?

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  1. Texas
  2. Alaska
  3. Florida
  4. New Mexico
A cat named Stubbs was the mayor of an Alaskan town by the name of Talkteena from April 1997 to July 2017, until its death.
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7. Most cats do NOT have:

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  1. Eyelashes
  2. Whiskers
It is definitely true that most cats do not have eyelashes. If a cat does have eyelashes and they fall off, they can take several weeks to grow back.
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8. What is a female cat called?

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  1. Duck
  2. Molly
There are quite a few names for female cats, including "molly." They're also called queens and dams.
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9. What "Egyptian" cat has no fur?

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  1. Sphynx
  2. American shorthair
  3. Russian Blue
  4. Siamese
Sphynx cats are believed to have been created through selective breeding. They are one of the only known hairless cat breeds.
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10. Females are more dominant on their:

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  1. Right paw
  2. Back paw
Research does seem to suggest that female cats are more likely to be righties and males, lefties.
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11. Owning a cat can reduce this risk by one-third:

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  1. Electric shock
  2. Stroke and heart attack
  3. Car crash
  4. Cancer
Researchers believe that owning a cat can relieve stress and anxiety -- two actions that promote heart health and a lower blood pressure.
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12. Why does Disneyland have 100 cats roaming the park?

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  1. To keep the rodent population down
  2. Because Walt Disney was obsessed with cats
  3. To give bored kids a pet to play with
  4. Because cats are the state animal
Disneyland has about 100 cats under their employ to keep the rat/mouse population in check. These cats have feeding stations, vet check-ups, and more.
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13. How many toes should a cat have on a back paw?

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  1. Fifteen
  2. One
  3. Ten
  4. Four
It's true that cats have five toes on each front paw, but the ones at the back have four. However, it's not out of the norm for cats to have extra toes.
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14. In most Western countries, it's considered bad luck if your path is crossed by a:

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  1. Brown cat
  2. Ginger cat
  3. Black cat
  4. Gray cat
Black cats are notorious around most countries in the world for being bad luck. If one crosses your path, be prepared for the worst -- or maybe give it a hug!
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15. Even though they drink milk, most adult cats are actually lactose-intolerant.

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  1. False
  2. True
Kittens are able to digest lactose, just like human children. But as most of them age, the lactose becomes indigestible.
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16. Cats can't see you clearly from far away because they are...

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  1. Night blind
  2. Nearsighted
  3. Unable to activate their x-ray vision
  4. All suffering from CATaracts
Cats aren't exactly known for seeing objects that are far off. Their near-sightedness, however, works pretty well for hunting.
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17. Amazingly, cats can jump this many times their length:

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  1. 5 or 6 times
  2. 1.5 times
Cats are incredibly agile and are known to jump between five and six times their length.
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18. Humans have unique fingerprints. Is a cat's nose print unique, too?

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  1. Yes
  2. No
Each cat's nose print is indeed unique, like that of humans and their fingerprints. They each have bumps and ridges in patterns that differ from each other.
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19. Is that the can opener?! Cats can rotate their ears...

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  1. False
  2. True
Cats have 32 muscles in each of their outer ears, something that allows them to rotate the hearing organ 180°.
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20. A cat sweats through its:

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  1. Paws
  2. Tail
  3. Ears
  4. Eyes
Cats sweat through their paws, which is why you'll sometimes see them leaving a trail of wet footprints behind with no water in sight.
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21. Which civilization worshipped a cat goddess?

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  1. Ancient Egypt
  2. Ancient China
  3. Medieval Europe
  4. Ancient Rome
The Egyptian cat goddess is called Bast or Bastet. She was first believed to be a lioness and was later turned into a cat.
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22. Cats can drink salt water. But should they?

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  1. Yes
  2. No
Cats' kidneys are capable of filtering salt out of sea water, which allows them to be hydrated by the briney drink. However, this practice puts a lot of strain on their kidneys and should therefore be avoided.
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23. Tortoiseshell cats are known as the divas of the cat world. Why?

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  1. They're sassy
  2. They all run away
  3. They lack intelligence
  4. They aren't loyal
Tortoiseshell cats are notoriously sassy. They're fiesty, strong-willed, and sometimes hot-tempered.
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24. Why did the British keep black cats on their ships?

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  1. To become famous Instagram influencers
  2. To hunt mice and for good luck
  3. To teach them to swim
  4. To boop them on the nose
In the UK, black cats are said to be good luck. White cats are considered to be bad luck.
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25. What saccharine flavor can cats sadly not taste?

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  1. Salty
  2. Sweet
Researchers have discovered that cats cannot taste sweet flavors simply because they do not have sugar detectors on their taste buds.
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26. Our nimble-footed friends actually have more bones than us.

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  1. False
  2. True
It is true that cats have more bones than humans. We have 206, while they possess 244.
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27. What special feature do Hemingway cats possess?

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  1. A third ear
  2. They're great writers
  3. Extra toes
  4. They can be pretty poetic
Hemingway cats are those who have more than the expected number of toes on each paw.
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28. What's the best way to give a cat a shot?

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  1. Use food as a distraction
  2. Do it underwater
Before you give your cat a shot, give them a treat they will really enjoy, like canned cat food or tuna fish.
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29. What part of a cat can sense catnip?

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  1. Paws
  2. Ears
  3. Nose
  4. Eyes
Cats are usually sedated when they eat catnip, but when they smell it, they go crazy, It's because it binds to the receptors on a cat's nose.
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30. How do cats in the wild mark their territory?

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  1. By drawing borders in the dirt with their claws
  2. By bringing dead mice to their humans
  3. By leaving scratch marks on certain trees
  4. Cats don't mark their territories
Cats scratch trees for more than just marking their territory. They also do it to keep their claws sharp.
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31. Harming cats in Ancient Egypt was punishable by death.

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  1. True
  2. False
Because cats were considered sacred and were deeply respected, harming them was punishable by death.
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32. On average, do American households have more cats or dogs?

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  1. Dogs all the way
  2. Cats, of course!
There are 95 million cats in American households! By contrast, there are only 90 million dogs.
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33. Cats have a similar gait to what tall animals?

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  1. Penguins
  2. Giraffes
  3. Ravens
  4. Ducks
Cats and giraffes are both said to have a "pacing gait". This means that they move the two legs on one side of the body before the other two on the opposite side.
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34. Which fur color combination, pictured below, is almost always female?

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  1. Black
  2. Russian Blue
  3. Siamese
  4. Calico
Calico cats are almost always female. The males, which are said to be 1 in 3000, are almost always sterile.
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35. Can cats continue to purr after they have fallen asleep?

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  1. False
  2. True
While cats do purr when they're falling alseep, they don't actually make the sound after they've dozed off.
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36. On average, how long will a house cat live?

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  1. 50+ years
  2. Less than a year
  3. 2 to 3 years
  4. 12 to 15 years
The average life expectancy of a house cat is 12 to 15 years, although it's not uncommon for them to live to 20. The oldest house cat was said to be 40 years old!
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37. Cats sometimes spray urine when other pets are brought home. Why?

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  1. It's how they say "hello"
  2. They feel threatened or anxious
  3. They're trying to poison the new pet
  4. They want to mate
Most cats spray urine on walls, furniture, and more to mark their territories. The act is fueled by hormones.
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38. Cats have a reputation for hating water. Which breed actually likes getting wet?

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  1. Peterbald
  2. Bengal
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Pug
Not only do Bengals enjoy immersing themselves in water, but they also like dropping their dry food in water simply for fun.
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39. What animal does a cat share almost the same genome with?

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  1. Bee
  2. Tiger
  3. Dog
  4. Human
Domestic cats and tigers are said to share 95.6% of their DNA.
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40. Cats love to eat! Are they carnivores?

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  1. Yes
  2. No
Cats are what people call true carnivores. Because of this, they have higher protein requirements than most other mammals.
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41. Just like Usain Bolt, cats are fast...

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  1. Sleepers
  2. Dancers
  3. Sprinters
  4. Mischief makers
Researchers estimate that the fastest of house cats can run at 30 miles per hour. Others are known to reach averages of 27 mph.
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42. Which fuzzy friend can see more colors?

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  1. Dogs
  2. Cats
Cats can see in color, but not in the way that humans do. They usually see colors the best in greenish-yellow and bluish-violet hues.
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43. Most pure white cats with blue eyes are born...

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  1. With superpowers
  2. With an extra tail
  3. Deaf
  4. Mute
Pure white cats, even those without blue eyes, are almost synonymous with hereditary deafness. It gets worse with one blue eye, and even more so if both eyes are blue.
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44. What does a cat use its tail for?

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  1. Tasting
  2. Sleeping
  3. Night vision
  4. Balance and communication
A cat's tail helps with balance. It acts as a counterbalance when cats walk on narrow spaces. They can also use it to communicate their emotions, like confidence or friendliness.
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45. Only kittens can react to catnip.

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  1. True
  2. False
This is incorrect. Cats of all ages can react to catnip. The truth is that around 2/3 or a little more of all cats respond to this plant.
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46. Cats with more than 18 toes are...

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  1. Vocational
  2. Polydactyl
  3. Thesis
  4. Monologue
Polydactyl is caused by a genetic mutation and can result in a cat having four to seven toes on one paw.
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47. What famous "discoverer of gravity" is said to be the inventor of the cat door?

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  1. Martin Luther
  2. Isaac Newton
  3. Gandhi
  4. Moses
It's believed that Sir Isaac Newton invented the first cat flap. He built it because his cat kept nudging the door, ruining his experiments with light.
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48. Cats are more likely to land on their feet when falling from:

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  1. High
  2. Low
While it is true that cats land on their feet most of the time, they don't always. The reason they don't is usually because they didn't have enough time to position their bodies feet-first.
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49. Cats purr for many reasons, not only because they're happy.

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  1. True
  2. False
Cats purr for many reasons, and it's not just because they're happy. Sometimes it's done for self-soothing.
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50. Only a true cat lover knows that an "ailurophile" is someone who...

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  1. Loves to sing
  2. Only wants a dog
  3. Eats breakfast every morning
  4. Loves cats
The prefix "ailuro" deals with cats whereas the suffix "phile" means a love or like of. Together, they mean a cat lover. Cat lovers are also called felinophiles.
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