Test Your Kitty IQ

Test Your Kitty IQ®

You answered 0 out of 15 correctly, you definitely should do a little more studying before having an actual kitty.

Here are the correct answers:

How many ‘toes’ do cats have on their front paws?

Cats have 5 toes on their front paws and 4 on their back paws. It is not uncommon however for cats to have polydactylism in which they have too many toes. This is generally more common in purebreds as polydactylism results from mutations during inbreeding.

You should always grab and hold your cat by the scruff (or back) of the neck when you want to pick him/her up?

False! Cat’s mothers do hold their kittens by the scruff of the neck when they are young; however, holding any cat larger than a small kitten this way can injure and hurt the cat. If you are going to hold the cat by the scruff make sure you always support the weight of the cat by cradling it in your arms as well. Never simply pick the cat up by the scruff.

When a cat hisses, growls or meows at you you should:

Leave the cat alone! Most often this is a sign that your cat needs some alone time and isn’t in the mood to play right now.

Cats sleep about 16 hours a day?

True! Cats sleep about 16 hours a day. Boy don’t we wish we could sleep that much!

You should never pull on a cats tail?

True. Never pull on a cat’s tail. This will not only anger your cat but it could also lead your cat to feeling that he/she can’t trust you.

Cats are party animals, they like to play and get attention 24 hours a day!

False! Cats need their rest. They sleep about 16 hours a day, not because they are lazy but because they need to. Make sure to play with and have quality time with your cat at least 2 hours a day. But, when your kitty is ready to nap or is sleeping or just needs down time, respect that.

When you hold a cat you should always cradle him/her so that you are holding all paws
tight and close to you?

False! Cats feel very unsafe when all their paws are held such that they can’t move. When holding your cat you should cradle him/her such that the body is secure, the back paws are held loosely, and the front paws are free. This will make your cat feel more comfortable and safe while being held.

Cats can go to the bathroom anywhere, anytime so it
really doesn’t matter to them where you put their box as long as they can get to it?

False! Cats need certain things from their box. It must be in a quiet place, it must have at least two escape paths, and it needs to be in a separate place from where they eat, drink or sleep.

You should clean your cat’s litterbox at least once a day (per cat that you own)?

True! Cats won’t go to the bathroom in a dirty box, so if you want to keep your cat happy, prevent accidents, and prevent bad behaviors keep your cat’s box clean.

Cats purr because they have vocal cords (just like human vocal cords)?

False! Veterinarians and scientists currently don’t know for sure why cats purr although there are many theories.

You should always spay or neuter your cat (unless you plan to breed) even indoor cats?

True! For health and behavior reasons you should always spay/neuter your cat.

Cats should always wear a collar and an ID tag, even an indoor cat?

True! Cats are curious and sneaky, even your indoor cat might find a way outside someday. Unfortunately the great majority of cats lost, who do not have identification on them, do not make it back home.

Indoor cats, on average, lead significantly longer lives than predominantly outdoor cats?

True! Indoor cats live an average of about 10 years while outdoor cats live an average of about 3 years. This is due to the prevalence of disease, bacteria, humans and other animals outside that could harm your cat.

You should take your cat to the vet at first sign of a behavioral, appearance, eating habit
or elimination habit change?

True! Cats are very good at hiding signs of illness. In many cases by the time you even notice a symptom of disease, your cat is already very very ill. The best and safest thing to do is to take your cat to the vet asap if you suspect any illness.

Cats always land on their feet and can survive a fall from any height?

False! Cats have very good balance and can survive many falls. As long as a cat has enough time during the fall to regain balance and land feet first, he/she will usually survive. However falls that are too short or too high can result in serious injury and even death. Even a fall from a short distance, in which your cat does land on his/her feet, can result in broken bones and injuries.