Cat Got Your Tongue?

  1. Globe-16The domestic cat known as Sphynx was first bred in Canada. Which of the following is true about the Sphynx?
    A. It is too wild to be a proper housecat.
    B. It is the national pet of Canada.
    C. It appears to be hairless.
    D. All of the above
  2. True or false: The Chartreux, with its brilliant orange eyes and blue nose, is a breed closely associated with France.
  3. Match the following cats with the special characteristics of their breed:
    A. Korat (Thailand) 1. Goes limp when picked up
    B. Ragdoll (USA) 2. Breed traced to wild cats from Kenya
    C. Sokoke (Denmark) 3. Symbolizes good fortune in its homeland
  4. The Scottish Fold breed of housecat dates back to 1961. True or false: This cat acquired its name because it folds its body up to stay warm on cold Scottish nights.
  5. One of the smallest breeds was developed from a type of cat which once roamed the streets of Singapore. Now called the Singapura, it is also known by which of the following names?
    A. Drain cat
    B. Fat cat
    C. Flying cat
  6. The names of breeds do not always reflect their country of origin. For example, the Nebelung (German for "creature of the mist") breed was developed in the USA. True or false: The shorthair Poodle Cat was developed in Germany.
  7. The English are renowned cat fanciers. Which of the following is not a breed of domestic cat developed in the UK?
    A. Abyssinian
    B. Angora
    C. Geoffrey's Cat
  8. Developed in the USA, the Ocicat is a wild-looking feline with spotted fur. True or false: It is illegal to keep the Ocicat as a house pet in most countries.
  9. Another housecat which resembles a feral cat was developed in Australia. Originally called the Spotted Mist, its name was changed when some were born with marbled coats. What is its new name?
    A. Australian Mist
    B. Dingo Cat
    C. Spotted and/or Marbled Mist
  10. The Japanese Bobtail Cat originated over a thousand years ago. True or false: The Japanese Bobtail is the only breed of domestic cat with virtually no tail.
  11. Bonus question:  True or False?  The phrase "I am not a cat" was (st)uttered in dismay by a lawyer in a Texas Zoom court hearing.


  1. C. The Sphynx does look bald, although it has a thin coat of fine, short fur.
  2. True
  3. A,3; B,1; C,2
  4. False. The name refers to its ears, which are permanently folded down.
  5. A.
  6. True. This new German breed is a cross between the Devon Rex and the Scottish Fold.
  7. C. Geoffrey's Cat is not a housecat; it is a Latin American wild cat named after 19th century naturalist Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire. The Abyssinian (from Africa) and the Angora (from Turkey) were both developed by British breeders.
  8. False. The Ocicat looks like a wild animal, but it is just a housecat bred for its spotted, ocelot-like coat.
  9. A.
  10. False. The English Manx cat and the Canadian Cymric are also tailless.
  11. Bonus Question:  True.  The attorney was confounded by a kitten filter.

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