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Cat Trivia

by Dr. Rachel Addleman, DVM, DiplABVP, CVA
Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Dr. Addleman has advanced training and Board Certification in feline medicine. She practices in Houston, Texas and can be found at AnimalFixer.com

Try Your Luck Answering the following trivia questions about cats

Cat Trivia
Answer 9-10 correct  You are almost a veterinarian!
Answer 7-8 correct  
You are a professional cat lover.
Answer 4-6 correct  
You may need help in the pet store.
Answer less than 3 correct  
You should think about owning a dog!

  1. How many whiskers does a cat have?

    a) 24
    b) 28
    c) It varies, between 16 and 20


  2. How many teeth does a cat have?

    a) 42
    b) 30
    c) 38


  3. How fast can a cat run?

    a) 22 miles per hour
    b) 30 miles per hour
    c) 15 miles per hour


  4. Which of the following is true regarding the plant species Nepeta, or catnip?

    a) About 80% of cats are euphoric after catnip exposure

    b) The time it takes most cats to be sensitive to another dose of catnip is 24 hours

    c) Lions, tigers, and leopards do not experience catnip euphoria


  5. True of False? Big cats, like the tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard can roar but lack the ability to purr.


  6. Cats are normally born with five toes on each front foot, and four toes on the back. The author Ernest Hemingway raised a colony of six-toed cats at his home in Key West, and the offspring still live there today. They are descendants of a 6-toed cat given to him by a sea-faring captain. What are cats with additional toes called?

    a) polydactyl
    b) polydigitus
    c) polypedal


  7. Which of the following is FALSE regarding a cat’s estrus cycle?

    a) Outdoor cats breed when the daylight is longer; in North America, roughly February to September

    b) Cats that live indoors may cycle year round

    c) Outdoor cats in North America breed in the late fall and winter, so kittens are born as the weather is warming in the spring.


  8. Dogs go into estrus every 6 months. How often do female cats go into estrus?

    a) every month
    b) every 2 weeks
    c) every 6 weeks


  9. True or False? Cats with calico and tortoiseshell coat patterns are always female.


  10. Who said, “Cats are a fairly right-wing group politically. They are lovers of the status quo. They don’t like anything that might represent change. They hate marriages, divorces, moving days, graduations, bar mitzvahs, bill collectors, rug shampooers, painters, plumbers, electricians, television repairmen, out-call masseuses, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and just about everything else, most of which I agree with them about.”

    a) President Obama
    b) David Letterman
    c) Kinky Friedman