Understanding Cat Behavior Quiz



9 Questions

What is the primary way that cats communicate their emotions?

What is the average amount of time that domestic cats spend grooming themselves?

What is the primary way that cats drink water?

What is the primary reason that cats tend to bury their feces after defecating?

What are the five reliable personality factors for cats?

What is the primary reason that adding a kitten to a household with an older cat can cause feline asocial aggression?

What is the primary reason that cats engage in predation on wildlife when allowed to roam outdoors?

What is the primary way that cats use scent and pheromones to help organize their territory?

What is the primary reason that socializing an adult cat is challenging?


Understanding Cat Behavior

  • Cat behavior includes body language, elimination habits, aggression, play, communication, hunting, grooming, urine marking, and face rubbing. It varies among individuals, colonies, and breeds.

  • Communication and sociability can vary greatly among individual cats. Cats rely strongly on body language to communicate.

  • Cats use their tail, ears, head position, and back posture to communicate their emotions.

  • Cats have anal sacs or scent glands. Scent is deposited on the feces as it is eliminated. Synthetic versions of the feline facial pheromone are available commercially.

  • A cat's posture communicates its emotions, and postures can be friendly or aggressive, depending on the situation.

  • Oral grooming for domestic and feral cats is a common behavior; recent studies on domestic cats show that they spend about 8% of resting time grooming themselves.

  • Cats drink water by lapping the surface with their tongue. A fraction of a teaspoon of water is taken up with each lap.

  • Cats sleep between 12 to 18 hours a day, sometimes even more. Most cats sleep more as they age.

  • Cats tend to bury their feces after defecating and can be attracted to a litter box if it has attractant in it.

  • Cats participate in social behaviors, even though it is thought that most cat species (besides lions) are solitary, anti-social animals.

  • Dominance is also seen as an underlying factor for how conspecifics interact with each other.

  • Social conflicts among cats depend solely on the behavior of the cats.

  • Cats have learned how to develop their vocals in order to converse with humans.Understanding Cat Behavior

  • Cats use "head bunting" to leave their scent and create a bond with humans.

  • Cats can take cues from human pointing and direction of human gazes.

  • Kittens aged three to nine weeks are sensitive to human socialization; after this period, socialization can be less effective.

  • Feral kittens can be socialized within a month of capture if handled for many hours a week.

  • Socializing an adult cat is challenging, and they tend to trust only those they trusted in their socialization period.

  • Cats make good companion animals, provide many physiological and psychological benefits, and are perfect for smaller spaces.

  • There are problematic behaviors that can affect the human-cat relationship, such as clawing, biting, house soiling, and scratching.

  • Cats have 52 measured personality traits, with five reliable personality factors: neuroticism, extroversion, dominance, impulsiveness, and agreeableness.

  • Cats are natural predators, and when allowed to roam outdoors, they engage in predation on wildlife.

  • Cats like to organize their environment based on their needs and have an inherent desire to maintain an independent territory.

  • Adding a kitten to a household with an older cat can cause feline asocial aggression and should be done slowly.

  • Cats use scent and pheromones to help organize their territory by marking prominent objects.


Test your knowledge on feline behavior with our Understanding Cat Behavior quiz! Learn about communication, grooming, elimination habits, socialization, and more. Discover interesting facts about the behavior of cats, and how to interpret their body language. This quiz is perfect for cat lovers who want to deepen their understanding of our feline friends.

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