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Big Cat Quiz: Lions, Tigers & More!

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Big Cat Quiz: Lions, Tigers & More!

After sharing with you the heart-wrenching, but incredible recovery of Andre the dog, and the death-predicting abilities of Oscar the cat, it is time for something a little more lighthearted –  another cat quiz. This time I challenge you to test your BIG cat knowledge! How well do you know lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and more?

Answers are at the the end of the quiz.  (How many did you guess correctly? Were any of the answers a big surprise?)


1.  Which big cat cannot fully retract its claws?


2. This graceful American cat is known by several names including mountain lion. List four other common names for this New World cat.


3. Which cat has a trademark tuft at the end of their tail?


4. Which big cat does not roar, but purrs and chirps instead?  (Hint: the answer is NOT lions inhaling helium)


5. Which big cat has the largest ears and longest legs in proportion to their bodies?


6. Which big cat is known for its very long tail – a tail that can be as long as the body, thus doubling the length of this beautiful cat?


7. Which big cat gets to claim title of “the biggest of the big cats”?


8. How many subspecies are there of tigers?  Four, six, or nine?  How many of these are now extinct?


9. Which big cat has the most powerful bite?


10. Which big cat has throughout modern history taken a liking to human flesh?


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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2:43PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Love all cats,big & small.Great quiz very interesting.Thanks for sharing

7:08AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Very interesting - thank you - I did not to my shame do very well but have now learnt some interesting facts. thanks again

10:25PM PDT on May 12, 2013


2:29PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:15AM PST on Nov 16, 2012


1:21PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thanks for one of the best "Big Cats" posts I've read--clear, simple, understandable, interesting.

7:19AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Very interesting thank you!

3:24PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

i thought i would know all the answers, but some were tricky. great article. thank you, cherise.

2:38PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Thanks for sharing some well-known and some new (at least for me) interesting facts about these adorable and so vulnerable creatures :)

3:01AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Thanks for the information. I learned a lot more than I knew (LOL). .

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