How much do you know about cats? Take the BBC’s quiz

There are nine questions, and not all of them are easy. Play here; it will take only about 3 minutes.

I did well! My score:

h/t: Jiten (who got 4/9 and the note that his “pussy powers are low” (he’s no Trump!) On the other hand, I’m not sure that Brits know what Americans mean by “pussy”.

66 Comments

  1. Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I know some Brits get quite a chuckle about the US use of “fanny packs”. 🙂

    • BJ
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Heh, I never thought about it, but that is pretty hilarious from a Brit’s perspective (I only know a lot about British word usage because I watch a ton of British TV and film)

      • Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        Yes, my British friend about choked when I asked my wife if she was bringing hers along on our hike 😉

  2. Stephen Barnard
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    7/9 and I guessed on about 5.

    • Newish Gnu
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      Ditto.

      • John Frum
        Posted June 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        Yep, same here.

  3. HappyHeretic
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Six of nine. Pardon me while I go shave my eyebrows.

    HH

  4. Paul Schoeckel
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    6 of 9.
    10) When your cat walks up your chest at 5:00am and smacks you in the face, does it mean:
    a. Bowl is empty.
    b. My other human left too early.
    c. Your blankets are lumpy.
    d. Wake up, it’s time to play for 5 minutes.

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      All of the above/

    • darrelle
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      e. Time for the human to get out of bed so that I can go to bed.

  5. darrelle
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Your Result
    6/9
    Well done! You should be feline good. Give yourself a treat by listening to The Cat Who Came Back.

    I think I’m going to be on Coco Chanel’s shit list. Though I got 6 correct I really only knew 3 and had to guess on the rest.

    What the hell do they call a group of cats?

    *googles*

    A clowder? A variant of clodder, a clotted mass, to clot, coagulate?!?! I protest in the name of my cat!!

  6. Linda Calhoun
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I got 8 of 9.

    Missed the last one.

    Sigh.

    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Same here.

      But about half of these questions don’t test your knowledge of cats; they test your knowledge of human customs and linguistic trivia.

      • Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

        Human customs about CATS. For instance, I knew about the eyebrow shaving. . .

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted June 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

          OK, but I would still prefer my veterinarian to know more about cats than about Egyptians.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 15, 2017 at 3:58 am | Permalink

      Ditto! Interesting…I guessed the cat got elected, but the right answer was, “stood for election.”

  7. procatsitter
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I missed number 5. 8 out of 9

    • Leigh
      Posted June 14, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      My score as well. What is the answer to #5

      • Diane G.
        Posted June 15, 2017 at 3:59 am | Permalink

        Miw.

  8. GBJames
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know cats.

  9. Taskin
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    6 out of 9 for me. (Gus got all 9)

  10. Randy schenck
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I got 8 of 9. Missed number 5 on the girls named for a cat Egypt. Had a bit of help from the cat expert in the family.

  11. Craw
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    My score was low enough to prove this was a meaningless online test!!

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      I have to ask the silly question – meaningless in what sense?

      • Craw
        Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

        In the missing the joke sense.

        • Diane G.
          Posted June 15, 2017 at 3:59 am | Permalink

          LOL!

      • dallos
        Posted June 14, 2017 at 1:58 am | Permalink

        In a sense that cats can’t answer most of the
        questions and they don’t care.

  12. jay
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    8/9 here also. I suspect my multiple-choice-test-taking skills dominated my knowledge of cats.

    That British shorthair is the spitting image of my cat.

  13. Terry Sheldon
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    6/9 including a couple of lucky guesses (and a couple that weren’t as lucky).

  14. Curt Nelson
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I guessed on every one and got 7/9. I don’t understand that. I was prepared to miss them all. Maybe I should shave my eyebrows about it.

    • Ken Pidcock
      Posted June 14, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Same thing.In fact, I don’t trust the result!

  15. busterggi
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    6 out of 9 – damned embarrassing for me.

  16. Simon Hayward
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    7/9 got the group name wrong – which I should have known, and missed the election news story.

    Yes, Brits know the various connotations of pussy.

  17. cherrybombsim
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    9/9 Honest! And I didn’t guess on #5, I actually knew that one.

  18. Hans Ø. Tjelle
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    The catholic cat massacre myth rears its ugly head again…

  19. Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    5/9 but I pretty much guessed on all of them.

  20. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    9 out of 10 — missed number 5. Loved that cat photos especially the tabby point Siamese. We once had once named Nefertiti who was lovely. She died at age 17 and in buried the our back yard that she loved.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Our Siamese made it to 17 as well. Her name was Butterbur.

      • darrelle
        Posted June 14, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

        Named after the innkeeper of the Prancing Pony in Bree, or after the plant?

  21. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Brits definitely know what Americans mean by pussy as evidenced by Ian Fleming’s novel “Goldfinger”.

    Wikipedia notes
    “Words referring to cats are used as vulgar slang for female genitals in some other European languages as well.
    Examples include German Muschi (literally “house cat”),[15] French chatte (“female cat”, also used to refer to sexual intercourse),[16] and Dutch poes (“puss”)”

  22. LB
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    LOL! I got 8/9. Missed the one about ancient Egyptian girls’ name. Great game!

  23. Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    6/9. I will pretend I don’t care, in true cat fashion. But I really do care.

  24. Mark R.
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    7/9 guessed 4. First guessed shave off eyebrows and changed…and guessed wrong on Miw.

  25. nicky
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    7/9. guessed no’s 5 & 9 wrong. Also 2 good guesses.
    I was convinced there would be a question about ancient Egyptian cats being Tabbies. Something that doesn’t cease to amaze me: the fact that we know this via genetics, despite the fact that all these statues look so smooth.

  26. Grania Spingies
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I feel like I’ve stumbled into a Borg conference

    • Taskin
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Haha!

  27. Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Any doubt about the British understanding of”pussy” should be quashed by Mrs Slocombe on the Brit sitcom “Are You Being Served”!

  28. blasphemyisavictimlesscrime
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Yes, we do know that meaning! It’s good to know it’s not come up in conversation for you.

  29. Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I got 8 out of 9 as well! Missed the name that Egyptians gave based on cats.

    Not bad. I guessed a lot of them but knew a few for sure.

  30. Charles Sawicki
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    9/9 by inference and guessing, and I’m allergic to cats.

  31. Julian C
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Whoopee — 9/9. Admittedly with a little luck & some deductions…
    If anyone on the planet was unaware of the non-feline meaning of “pussy”, Donald Trump has taken care of that.

  32. J Cook
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    6 of 9. As a unreconstructed Dawg guy that’s pretty dawgone good.

  33. Craw
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Our president got 10/9. Nobody knows cats like he does.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 15, 2017 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      You’re in rare form, here. 😀

  34. W.Benson
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Got 7 of 9 . . . by mostly guessing.

  35. barn owl
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    7/9. I knew the answers to two of the questions because they were about mammalian/vertebrate biology, not specific to cats.

    • barn owl
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Also, I’m pretty sure I was exposed to the Egyptian feline information through the cat mummy exhibits at the British Museum. Perhaps someone in London can confirm. 😉

  36. Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    7/9 🙂

  37. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Anybody who answered “posse” for question 1 should award themselves a point. A Google search for “a posse of cats” gets nearly as many hits (29,300) as “a clowder of cats” (35,300). So as a matter of empirical fact, a group of cats is indeed called a posse roughly as often as it’s called a clowder.

    • darrelle
      Posted June 14, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      I was confused by that question. I have heard “a posse of cats” more than once but have never heard of “a clowder of cats.”

  38. Posted June 14, 2017 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    That was almost trivial pursuit. Interesting to know, but of no practical use to cat owners, with maybe two exceptions. Bah, humbug. (4/9 with three correct guesses)

  39. Posted June 14, 2017 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    6/9. Not exactly great but not terrible.

  40. Posted June 14, 2017 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    6/9. Not bad for a cynophile with a PhD in teleost endocrinology.

  41. Steve Pollard
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    6/9.

    Yes, we do know what “pussy” means! Would Americans know what I mean if I say that years ago I used to have 20 fags a day; or that at dinner-time I sometimes go for a couple of faggots with gravy?

    • darrelle
      Posted June 14, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      “Fags” seems to be pretty well known by Americans in my experience.

      Though I’ve had no direct experience of “faggots with gravy” (a band name possibly?) I know that they are basically offal meatballs. Learned that about 25 years ago from a Welshman that worked for me. I doubt many Americans know what that means though. Probably think that it is some perverted porn term.


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