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Your Cat’s Five Senses (Quiz!)

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Your Cat’s Five Senses (Quiz!)

The Questions


1. A cat has how many olifactory cells in their nose?

a. 2000
b. 20,000
c. 20 million
d. 200 million

2. A catís nose pad is ridged, and like human fingertips, each cat nose has a unique print. True or False?

3. Cats have a second organ for smelling, located behind their front teeth. True or false?

4. Catnip is exciting to some cats because it smells similar to a queen in heat. True or False?

5. Most catsí eyes will shine a silvery green in the dark when a light shines on them, except for the Siamese, whose eyes shine red. True or False?

6. Cats can see an object as well one inch away as they can 12 feet away. True or False?

7. Cats do not need to blink to protect their their eyes from dryness. True or False?











8. Cats need only 1/100 of the light humans do for optimal functioning. True or False?

9. †Contrary to popular belief, cats are not colorblind. However they:

a. cannot distinguish red tones
b. can see in infrared light
c. cannot see blues, yellows and greens
d. love watching 3-D movies, especially if you give them the cool glasses

10. Cats are standardly issued how many whiskers:

a. 12
b. 24
c. 36
d. depends on the breed and thus anywhere between 12 and 36

11. It is not uncommon for a mother cat to:

a. chew her kittens’ whiskers off
b. chew her kittens out for loosing their mittens
c. lick her kitten’s abdomens to get them to defecate
d. a and c

12. The scientific name for whiskers is:

a. chatouiller
b.†French ticklers
c. †bacchantes
d. vibrissae

11. Humans have about 9,000 tastebuds, while your picky-eater feline has about:

a. 12,000
b. 475
c. 4,500
d. 120,000

12. A cat has a keener sense of taste than a dog. True or False?

13. As any cat owner knows, a cat has a rough tongue thanks to thousands of mini hooks called papillae. What are papillae made of?

b. keratin
c. pixels
d. oral keratinocytes

14. The cat’s range of hearing is the broadest of any mammal. True or False?

15. †A cat’s ear has how many separate muscles:

a. 8
b. 14
c. 32
d. 64


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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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12:21PM PDT on May 8, 2013

cats are incredible critters. My cat is second only to my child (and a very close second at that) She is quite stunning, with her jet black fur, her white mittens and long white whiskers. The best cat on Earth :)

12:40PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

I've rescued cats for over 25 years, and was unaware of most of the facts in this column. Thanks, the answers to a lot of my questions were found her for the first time for me, today.

3:33AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

7:40AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Actually interesting,thanks for sharing

4:58AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

7:15AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Molto interessante,grazie.

4:15PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

What fun! Thank you.

2:42PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

3:29PM PST on Jan 31, 2013


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