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 cat’s 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 cats’ 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?

a. cartilage
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

 

Next: The Answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Answers


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

d. 200 million

This is 14 times as many olifractory cells in a human nose! Can you thus imagine how differently they “read” their surrounding environment than we do. Thus, if you ever wondered why your cat gives you the cold shoulder after applying perfume, now you know.  That is, unless your preferred scent is Eau de Poisson.

 

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

True.

So, cat burglars beware you could be convicted on your nose print alone.

 

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

True.

This was news to me until yesterday when I researched and wrote this quiz, but it is true that cats have a second organ to detect and process smell – and it is called the Jacobson organ. The organ consists of two apertures behind the front teeth in the roof of your cat’s mouth. Have you ever seen your cat make a funny grimace for no apparent reason? This is called the Flehman response and it is your cat utilizing his Jacobson organ. Who knew!? Tom cats are frequently seen with this expression when on the hunt for hottie females.

 

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

True.

Catnip contains a chemical, transnepetalactone, that is very similar to the substance secreted by a female cat in oeterous (in heat).  Combine this fact with the fact that catnip is also closely related to marijuana and you can see why some cats bliss-out when given this kitty treat! MEOW-ZA!

 

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

True.

Cat’s have a reflective layer behind their retina called the tapetum lucidum, which bounces light back. Why Siamese cats, in particular, get “red demon eyes” at night is an interesting question. Anyone have the answer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Cats can see as well 1 inch away as they can 12 feet. True or False?

False.

If standard human vision is 20/20 then a cat’s standard vision is 20/100. Your kitty can see extremely well — as long as the item of interest is at least 8 inches away.

 

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

True.

Thanks to their third eyelid (scientifically referred to as the nictitating membrane) that appears at the inner corner of your cat’s eye, cats have no need to blink to keep their eyes lubricated.  Removing the need to blink may help cats be more efficient hunters.

 

8. Cats need only 1/100 of the light humans do to function optimally. True or False?

False.

While cats can see optimally in a fraction of the light that humans can, that fraction is only 1/6.

 

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

a.  cannot distinguish red tones

Cats can distinguish yellow, blue and green tones, but are quite challenged by reds. This is no bother to a cat, as color is not as important as being able to discern between different shades of grey and minute movement.

 

1o. Cats are standardly issued how many whiskers:

b. 24

The average cat has 24 whiskers. These whiskers are obviously on the sides of their noses, but less noticeably also above their eyes, cheeks, chin and on the back of each foreleg. The nearly hairless Sphynx is the one exception — they may boast a full set of whiskers, shortened whiskers or no whiskers at all.  Cat’s greatly appreciate their food and water bowls being wide enough to accommodate their glorious whiskers, as many find it annoying to have their whiskers brush against anything while dining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

a. chew her kittens’ whiskers off and;

c. lick her kitten’s abdomens to get them to defecate

An over-zealous mama cat can groom the whiskers right off her kitten’s face! Fortunately, they grow back. A mama cat will also lick her newborn kitten’s abdomen’s to prompt defecation. Without this stimulation the very young kitten will unlikely relieve itself. If you foster an orphaned newborn kitten, you will have to take on this role — but fortunately you can use your fingers instead of your tongue!

 

12. The scientific name for whiskers is:

d. vibrissae

 

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

b. 475

Cats have tastebuds that are sensitive to salty, sour and bitter, with little, if any, comprehension of  sweet flavors.

 

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

True.

Dogs have better noses, but cats have a more discretionary sense of taste. This would explain why dogs will eat cat poop, but cats wouldn’t dream of dining from the waste pile of a dog.

 

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

The hooks on a cat’s tongue are made of the same building material as your fingernails.

 

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

True.

A cat’s hearing ranges from 48 hertz to 85 kilohertz as compared to a human’s hearing which ranges from 20 hertz to 20 kilohertz. No wonder most cats greatly dislike the vacuum cleaner!

 

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

c. 32

A human ear boasts a paltry 6 muscles as compared to the super sonic cat ear with its 32 muscles. This impressive array of muscles allows a cat to move their outer ear 180 degrees and hone in on the source of any interesting sound without moving their heads.

 

I hope you enjoyed this quiz highlighting so many of the attributes that make our feline companions so interesting and unique. Now test yourself with these other animal quizzes!

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89 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

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 :)

Walter G.
Walter G.3 years ago

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.

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin3 years ago

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

Sonia M.

Actually interesting,thanks for sharing

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

federico bortoletto

Molto interessante,grazie.

Mary L.
Mary L.3 years ago

What fun! Thank you.

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago

Interesting. Thanks.

Robby Reyes
Past Member 3 years ago

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Bruno Moreira
Bruno Moreira3 years ago

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