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.
A male cat is called a tom. Jerry and Mickey are mice.
Scientists believe that humans and cats have interacted for about 10,000 years. They are one of the most popular pets in the world.
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.
A group of cats is called a clowder. This word dates back to the early 1800s.
Cats sleep 12-14 hours a day. They do this to conserve energy.
Cats are actually lactose intolerant. Yeah... but that probably won't stop us from giving them milk.
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.
Cats live, on average, about 13-15 years. We all wish our friends lived much longer.
Play time is learning time for kittens. They learn to hunt by play fighting and by chasing the red dot.
Cats have 32 muscles that help them move their ears. They have an amazing sense of hearing, but ignoring us is way more fun.
Talkeetna, Alaska, has a cat for a mayor. His name is Stubbs, and he's been the mayor for more than 15 years.
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.
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.
Cats purr for many reasons. They might be afraid, content, or nervous. Don't assume that a purring cat is happy.
Cats actually do recognize us. They remember our voices. They are just pros at ignoring us.
Cats can actually make about 100 different sounds. That's how we know they are talking to us.
Pope Innocent VIII called cats demonic. He ordered that they all be killed back in the 1400s.
Polydactly is the term used for a cat that has extra toes. They are so cute!
Ernest Hemingway used his home as a refuge for cats. There are roughly 45 cats living there now.
Cat litter was once made out of sand. You probably guessed this if you've ever had a sandbox... and a cat.
Abraham Lincoln had at least four cats with him at the White House. Lincoln's wife was known to quip about them.
Isaac Newton is fabled to have invented a door for cats. In reality, cat doors, or pet doors, go back thousands of years.
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.
Félicette was the first cat to travel into space. She was launched by the French in 1963.
A cat's nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint. Their noses also have ridges.
Black cats are considered bad luck in the United States. Black cats are considered good luck in the United Kingdom. Location, location, location.
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.
Cats can't detect sweetness. That doesn't mean sugar is good for them, though.
This is actually true. A cat's front claws are sharper than their back claws. All the better to snag you with.
It was illegal to kill a cat in ancient Egypt. In fact, if you killed a cat, you could be put to death.
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?
Cats are the more popular pet in the U.S. There are about 73 million pet cats and only about 63 million pet dogs.
This is actually false. A litter of cats can have more than one father.
The Bobtail has a short, stubby tail. The Bobtail is probably more closely related to the Manx than to the Bobcat.
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!