Pretend You’re a Cat and We’ll Guess How Many Lives You Have Left

By: Ian Fortey

Pretend You’re a Cat and We’ll Guess How Many Lives You Have Left
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About This Quiz

Have you ever wondered why people say cats have nine lives? Like most of the rests of the beasts of the Earth, cats only have that one life. But the story about cats having nine lives has persisted for generations now.  

Are cats routinely faking their own deaths and tricking people around the world? Almost, but not quite. The truth of the matter is that cats' natural abilities have given them the multiple lives reputation. A cat's amazing ability to jump from high places and land in seemingly perfect health has convinced people over the years that cats were a little more mystical than they had a right to be. In fact, some cats have leaped from rooftops and high windows during things like earthquakes and lived to tell the tale. It's no wonder people think they're blessed.

Given the incredible skills cats possess, it's kind of fun to imagine yourself as one of them sometimes. Lying in the sun, chasing mice, or playing with toys, just living a life of leisure or adventure as the mood strikes you. Doesn't that sound like fun? Why not imagine yourself as a cat for a little while and then we'll tell you just how many of those mythical nine lives you have left. Take the quiz and see!

A cat needs to plan its day. How many hours a day do you think you'll need to sleep?
16 or more.
8 is good.
Around 12.
14 to 16.

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When you do take a nap, where are you going to do it?
I'll have my own bed.
I sleep wherever I get tired.
On the human's bed.
In the cat tree!

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Are you an outdoor kind of cat or do you prefer the security of the indoors?
It's only indoors for me!
Outside as much as possible!
I need a quick run outside at least once a day.
Mostly indoors but maybe the odd trip outside.

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Say you do get outside sometimes. What are you going to do while you're out there?
I don't want to go out!
Prowl the neighborhood.
Hunt birds and other small creatures.
Sit in the yard.

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All good cats bring gifts to their humans. What are you going to lay at your human's feet?
Socks.
Mice!
Birds!
Toys.

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Are you friends with other cats or are you more of a loner?
I want to be alone!
Bring on all the other cats!
Maybe one friend can hang out with me.
I'm happy to have some kitty friends.

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Cats and dogs aren't always the best of friends. How are you handling a meeting with a dog?
I'll just avoid dogs, thanks.
I'll attack before it knows I'm even there.
I'll hiss to keep 'em at bay.
I could maybe be friends with a dog. A small one.

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Cats need to keep active, what are you going to do to get your exercise?
I can walk around the house, I guess.
Hunting my prey.
Running up and down the stairs.
Playing with toys!

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Every cat has to have a favorite toy. What toy do you love the most?
A feather on a stick seems manageable.
Is a mouse a toy?
The laser pointer.
A crinkly ball.

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Cat food isn't entirely pleasant to humans, but cats seem to love it. What kind of cat food do you want?
Beef
Liver
Tuna
Chicken

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Are you the kind of cat who can handle a bit of the catnip?
No nip for me.
I plan to go crazy on nip.
I might enjoy a little on the weekends.
A little catnip seems fun now and then.

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How do you plan on keeping yourself neat and tidy?
I'm up for a bath.
Am I supposed to do that?
I can just bathe myself.
Some brushing now and then couldn't hurt.

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What's going to happen if a stranger comes into your house?
I'm hiding where no one will ever find me.
Do I need to scratch someone? I'll scratch someone.
I could come out and say hello.
I'll watch from a safe distance.

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Cats are very finicky when it comes to attention. How will you let people know you're done being petted?
I'll just leave.
That's why I have teeth.
I scratch on the hand oughtta do it.
My tail will start thumping.

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Every cat owner buys their cat dozens of toys but that doesn't mean you want them. What's your favorite non-toy to play with?
A cardboard box.
My owner's feet.
My own tail.
Stray socks.

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Cats are curious creatures by nature. What's the most interesting thing in the house that will keep your attention for hours?
My bed.
Staring at my owner.
A random spot on the ceiling.
The window.

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Someone left a glass of water on the table. What are you going to do about it?
Nothing.
Knock it on the floor.
Have a drink.
Rub my face on the lip of the glass.

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When you're sitting on your human, what are you going to be doing with your feet?
Curled up under me.
Feet go in the face!
Claws go in the leg.
Stretch them out.

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Cats have to use cat litter because it's better than the alternative. Are you a well-trained cat?
Of course!
I'll go wherever I want whenever I want.
As long as someone is keeping it clean.
I'll flick litter everywhere, probably.

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There isn't a lot of difference between cat food and human food, is there? What human food are you going to go for whenever you can?
I don't need human food.
Lasagna, I guess.
Steak!
Whatever falls on the floor.

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If you had to pick an old school cat name for yourself, what would you pick?
Mittens
Garfield
Tiger
Felix

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How will you vent your frustrations with the world?
Chase my own tail.
Scratching the furniture.
Sitting right in the middle of whatever my owner is doing.
Knocking over my owner's stuff.

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How do you plan on saying hello to a friend you haven't seen in a while?
Rubbing against their shins.
Kneading them with full claws out.
My butt in their face seems like a good idea.
Purring.

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Cats and houseplants go together like peas and carrots. Are you a fan of houseplants?
I can hide in them, maybe.
I plan to chew on them.
They could be fun to play with.
I don't care, really.

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You know the saying "if I fits, I sits?" What do you plan on trying to sit in to get comfy?
Cardboard boxes.
The bathroom sink.
Plastic bags.
Baskets.

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What's your opinion on going for walks on a leash as a cat?
That sounds fun!
That's unacceptable.
Only if I'm forced into it.
Maybe in nice weather.

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What's the best time of day to run around the house for literally no reason whatsoever.
Around dinner time.
There is never a bad time for this.
3 am or so.
First thing in the morning.

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What message are you trying to send when you roll over and show your belly?
Pet me!
If you touch me you'll regret it.
Depends on the day.
No message, I'm just happy.

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If your human is playing a game of Monopoly, what are you going to be doing?
Sleeping somewhere.
Sitting on the Monopoly board.
Watching.
Trying to steal the thimble and maybe a hotel.

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What are you looking at when you stare out the window all the time?
The whole world!
Things that need to be observed.
People!
Birds!

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You Got:

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