Are You a Cat Person? Take This Knowledge Quiz!

By: Becky

Are You a Cat Person? Take This Knowledge Quiz!
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About This Quiz

Do you watch all of the cat videos on social media... twice? Do you upload some of your own? Does the announcement of a new cat show on television excite you? Well, get your popcorn and soda, because we have a quiz for you. But this one isn't for the faint of heart. You've got to really be a cat person to ace this quiz. Are you up to the challenge?

Most people who call themselves cat lovers think they know all there is to know about cats. But there is a ton of misinformation out there about cats. That's why we know that not everyone is going to get a perfect score on this quiz. You've got to be able to separate fact from the fiction, and not all of you will be able to do that. For instance, Isaac Newton did not invent the cat door, or the doggie door, for that matter. The pet door existed long before Sir Newton came along. If you believed this bit of fiction, you'll need to go back to the kitty drawing board and study up a bit before taking this quiz.

So, if you think you're ready, count your cat's toes (hint, hint...) and let's get started.

What is a male cat called?
tom
A male cat is called a tom. Jerry and Mickey are mice.
jerry
mickey

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How long do scientists think humans and cats have interacted?
10,000 years
Scientists believe that humans and cats have interacted for about 10,000 years. They are one of the most popular pets in the world.
10 years
one year

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Cats are hunters. What types of prey do they prefer?
large
small
Cats prefer small prey, such as mice and rats. If you have a cat, though, then you know that hunting insects is almost as much fun for them.
insects

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What is the name for a group of cats?
flock
murder
clowder
A group of cats is called a clowder. This word dates back to the early 1800s.

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Cats sleep how many hours each day?
two
six
14
Cats sleep 12-14 hours a day. They do this to conserve energy.

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True or False? Milk is good for cats.
true
false
Cats are actually lactose intolerant. Yeah... but that probably won't stop us from giving them milk.
who knows

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Domestic cats weigh about how many pounds?
10
Domestic cats weigh an average of 10 pounds. If your cat weighs 50 or 100 pounds, you might want to check to see if he is a lion or a tiger.
50
100

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How long do cats live, on average?
15 years
Cats live, on average, about 13-15 years. We all wish our friends lived much longer.
25 years
50 years

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Kittens can hone their hunting skills by doing what activity?
sleep
play
Play time is learning time for kittens. They learn to hunt by play fighting and by chasing the red dot.
meow

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How many muscles do cats have in their ears?
10
32
Cats have 32 muscles that help them move their ears. They have an amazing sense of hearing, but ignoring us is way more fun.
30

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What US city has a cat for a mayor?
Talkeetna, Alaska
Talkeetna, Alaska, has a cat for a mayor. His name is Stubbs, and he's been the mayor for more than 15 years.
Tallahassee, Florida
Austin, Texas

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What feature of a cat's tongue helps them grip meat?
saliva
color
spines
Cats have backward pointing spines on their tongues that help them grip meat. You know about these spines if you've ever gotten kitty kisses.

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Cats are good for your ______.
health
Science has discovered that owing a cat is good for your health. People who own cats are far less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
hearing
taste

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Why do cats purr?
nervous
content
afraid
all of the above
Cats purr for many reasons. They might be afraid, content, or nervous. Don't assume that a purring cat is happy.

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True or False? Cat's don't recognize us.
true
false
Cats actually do recognize us. They remember our voices. They are just pros at ignoring us.
who knows

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How many different sounds can a cat make?
one
10
100
Cats can actually make about 100 different sounds. That's how we know they are talking to us.

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Who referred to cats as demonic?
Pope Innocent VIII
Pope Innocent VIII called cats demonic. He ordered that they all be killed back in the 1400s.
Barack Obama
Bill Clinton

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What is the term used for a cat with extra toes?
polydactyl
Polydactly is the term used for a cat that has extra toes. They are so cute!
pterodactyl
brontosaurus

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What iconic author "collected" cats?
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway used his home as a refuge for cats. There are roughly 45 cats living there now.
Barack Obama
George Washington

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Cat litter was originally made out of what substance?
sand
Cat litter was once made out of sand. You probably guessed this if you've ever had a sandbox... and a cat.
coal
water

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What U.S. president was a great cat lover?
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln had at least four cats with him at the White House. Lincoln's wife was known to quip about them.
Bruce Willis
Brad Pitt

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What scientist was fabled to have invented the cat door?
Madonna
Adele
Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton is fabled to have invented a door for cats. In reality, cat doors, or pet doors, go back thousands of years.

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What feature helps cats determine space?
whiskers
Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit into a particular space. Hmmm... if you've ever watched a cat mold itself into a small space, you'd have to wonder if this is really true.
claws
toes

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Félicette was the first cat to travel where?
home
space
Félicette was the first cat to travel into space. She was launched by the French in 1963.
back in time

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What feature of a cat is as unique as a human fingerprint?
ear
tail
nose
A cat's nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint. Their noses also have ridges.

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What color cat is bad luck in the U.S.?
black
Black cats are considered bad luck in the United States. Black cats are considered good luck in the United Kingdom. Location, location, location.
green
purple

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In addition to sleeping, cats spend a lot of time doing what?
reading
singing
grooming
Cats spend about two thirds of their lives sleeping. Of the one-third of the time they are awake, they spend one-third of that time grooming themselves.

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What flavor can't cats detect?
sweet
Cats can't detect sweetness. That doesn't mean sugar is good for them, though.
loud
colorful

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True or False? A cat has sharper front claws than back claws.
true
This is actually true. A cat's front claws are sharper than their back claws. All the better to snag you with.
false
who knows

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What ancient society forbid killing cats?
Egypt
It was illegal to kill a cat in ancient Egypt. In fact, if you killed a cat, you could be put to death.
Alaska
Texas

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True or False? Cats have five toes on their front and back paws.
true
false
Cats have five toes on their front paws and four toes on their back paws. You counted your cat's toes to answer that question, didn't you?
who knows

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Are cats or dogs more popular in the U.S.?
cats
Cats are the more popular pet in the U.S. There are about 73 million pet cats and only about 63 million pet dogs.
dogs
who knows

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True or False? A litter of cats has only one father.
true
false
This is actually false. A litter of cats can have more than one father.
who knows

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What kind of cat has a stubby tail?
Bobtail
The Bobtail has a short, stubby tail. The Bobtail is probably more closely related to the Manx than to the Bobcat.
Main Coon
Egyptian Hairless

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Why were cats brought to America by the Europeans?
to control pests
Cats were brought to America by the Europeans to help control pests such as mice and rats. Gee, we thought they were brought here to cuddle with us!
to sleep a lot
to give dogs something to chase

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