This quiz is the cat’s pyjamas! If you can get a purr-fect score, that would be pawsome!
#1. Domestic animals are all descended from wild animals. Which of the following correctly matches a domesticated animal to its wild ancestor?
All of these pairings are correct. Dogs came from wolves and chickens are a subspecies of red junglefowl. Cows are a separate but related species to aurochs.
#2. True or false? Humans domesticated cats before we domesticated dogs.
False. Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, probably sometime between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. Cats were domesticated much later, sometime between 7,000-8,000 years ago.
#3. Which of the following cat myths is true?
Cats really can’t taste sweet because their sweetness receptor no longer works. Cats still require some light to see and they usually land on their feet thanks to a reflex to twist quickly in the air, but mistakes still happen. Sadly, cats only have one life.
#4. Which of the following cat facts is also a dog fact?
Cats and dogs belong to the group Carnivora, which also includes lions, bears, and otters. All of these animals have molars called carnassials that are shaped like blades and come together like scissors. Cats have retractable claws and the ability to purr but dogs do not.
#5. Which of the following pets is NOT a rodent?
Rats, mice and guinea pigs are all rodents, and they mostly eat plants. Ferrets are carnivores, just like cats and dogs, so they are not rodents.
Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!
Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!