What do you know about cats?

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Your clothes are covered in fur, your cabinets are stocked with canned cat food, and you haven't been to the bathroom alone in years. It's obvious you love cats, but how much do you really know about them? Put your feline knowledge to the test.

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Most kittens are born with what color eyes?

Most kittens are born with blue eyes, but the color often changes. By the time the kitten is 5 weeks old, it will have its permanent eye color.

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Name the box-obsessed Japanese feline that's become a YouTube star.

Maru, a Scottish Fold cat with more than 400,000 YouTube subscribers, is one of the most famous felines on the Web.

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Which one of these is not a reason that cats purr?

Experts think purring is likely a means of communication and a form of self-healing. Cats purr when they're happy, but they also purr when they’re frightened or feel threatened, such as during a visit to the veterinarian.

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In late 2013, scientists proved something that cat owners have long known to be true. What was it?

After observing 20 cats for eight months, scientists determined that cats are capable of recognizing their owners' voices, but the felines usually choose to ignore their calls.

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What breed of cat loves water so much that it has earned the nickname 'Swimming Cat'?

Turkish Vans have silky fur that's naturally water-repellant, allowing them to emerge from the water relatively dry.

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What shocking piece of information did a Reddit user reveal about a popular cat meme in 2010?

The Reddit user pointed out that a section of the original Ceiling Cat photo has a skirting board, proving that the cat is really inside of a hole in a wall and not the ceiling.

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'Cat Island,' a small island with more felines than people, is located in which country?

Tashirojima is a small island in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, that is home to about 100 permanent residents and hundreds upon hundreds of cats.

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Why are cats drawn to boxes?

Cats are instinctively drawn to boxes because they offer security. The confined space provides protection from predators, and it’s a great place to stalk prey while remaining virtually unseen.

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Which of these is not a proper way to refer to a group of cats?

A group of cats can be referred to as a clowder, pounce or glaring. A group of kittens can be called a kindle, litter or intrigue.

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Sir Stuffington kitten
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What's the name of the one-eyed kitten who donned a pirate costume to raise money for charity?

The 6-week-old kitten was found on the streets of Oregon with a missing eye and a disfigured jaw. Prints of his pirate photo are sold to benefit the shelter that rescued him.

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Two members of what British rock band penned songs for their cats?

Frontman Freddie Mercury wrote "Delilah" about his tortoise shell cat, and guitarist Brian May wrote "All Dead, All Dead" about coming to terms with the death of his childhood cat.

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A cat is most likely to land on its feet in which scenario?

Felines that fall from heights greater than five floors tend to suffer less-severe injuries. The longer freefall gives cats more time to right themselves and to position their bodies correctly.

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The CIA attempted to transform a cat into a bugging device. What was the name of the operation?

In 1961, the CIA attempted to surgically alter a cat — complete with an antenna tail — to eavesdrop on conversations. Unfortunately, the first "acoustic kitty" was released outside a Soviet compound in Washington, D.C., and promptly killed by a taxi.

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Socks the cat
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What was the name of the cat owned by the Clintons that had his own page on the White House website?

Socks often received letters from fans, and Republican Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana once publicly questioned the use of White House staff and postage to answer mail addressed to the cat.

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Stewie longest cat
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What breed of feline holds the Guinness World Record for longest cat?

A Maine coon named Stewie measured 48.5 inches long from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail bone. Stewie died in February 2013.

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The calico cat is the offical cat of which U.S. state?

Maryland designated the calico as its official state cat in 2001. The feline's colors of orange, black and white are shared with the Baltimore oriole and the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.

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What scent do zookeepers often use to help spice up the love lives of endangered big cats?

Obsession has proved to be an exciting scent for a variety of big cats. It increases the amount of time cats explore their territory and encourages social interaction — namely, mating.

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Who's credited with creating the first lolcat?

During the 1870s, Pointer arranged cats in a variety of unusual photos that mimicked human activities. Pointer’s photos were uncaptioned at first, but he realized that his images were more amusing with a handwritten caption.

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