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Test Your Cat Knowledge

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Test Your Cat Knowledge

Feline Muse by Cherise Udell

Since so many people enjoyed my first Cat Quiz in “What Is Your Cat IQ?” I thought I’d put forth round two of quizzing your cat knowledge. So, invite a purring pussy cat onto your lap and take this informative quiz together.


1. All cats have retractable claws. True or False?

False. Cheetahs do not retract their claws.


2. Myth, legend, and folklore surround the Maine Coon Cat. One legend claims these cats are the descendants of  a cat belonging to Marie Antoinette. True or False?

True. According to legend, a ship captain named Samuel Clough attempted to help Marie Antoinette escape France, but was only able to save her cats. He sailed to America and left the kitties in Maine.


3. One cat can give birth to over 400 kittens in her lifetime. True of False?

True. A tabby named Dusty delivered 420 documented kittens in her lifetime. Hopefully, Dusty didn’t have to name them all!


4. Ailurophobia means “fear of cats.”  True or False?


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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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1:18PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Interesting read, thank you.

8:34AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013


1:58AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Came back for another look at the cute kitten photos.

6:51PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks Cherise.

6:19PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

What about a cloy of kittens, a cuddle of kittens, a clutch of kittens ...

6:59AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Interesting article. I agree with Grainne, who could just sit by and document so many kittens and not takes steps to stop it. As for the men who wanted to dominate the world hating cats, I'm truly not surprised.

11:08PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

So I guess the Pope doesn't have to worry about rats. I'm glad to learn that you shouldn't let cats eat dog food. Mine steal the dog's food daily. I'll have to stop that.


2:25PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I'm not surprised that there is a large feral cat population in Rome. I hear the pope is a *huge* cat person, so he probably doesn't mind having them around!

7:06PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Cats are Adorable Plus and enchanting, or so my cat always tells me. Being her human servant, catering to all her needs and demands, who could argue anything else!

8:38AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks for the interesting post! I feel for poor Dusty. Who would sit by and document a cat having so many kittens without intervening?

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