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