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Wild Cats Multiple Choice

Multiple choice questions about cats found in the wild.
Includes questions about prehistoric cats.
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Last updated: April 20, 2022
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1. Which of these cats is in the subfamily Pantherinae?
Canada Lynx
Cougar
Cheetah
Clouded Leopard
The other three are all in the other extant subfamily, Felinae.
2. Which of these cats is most closely related to the domestic cat?
Ocelot
Serval
Asian Golden Cat
Sand Cat
The domestic cat and the sand cat belong to the genus Felis.
3. Which of these isn't the name of a real cat species?
Pampas Cat
Green Cat
Flat-Headed Cat
Marbled Cat
The marbled cat is a small cat native to the eastern Himalayas and Southeast Asia with a very long tail. The Pampas cat is another small cat, from South America, which is slightly larger than a domestic cat. The flat-headed cat is an endangered species native to Southeast Asia.
4. How many extant subspecies of tiger exist?
7
2
5
3
Panthera tigris tigris and Panthera tigris sondaica, otherwise known as the Sunda Island tiger. There are five extant populations of Panthera tigris tigris (Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, South China tiger, Indochinese tiger and Malayan tiger) and one extant population of Panthera tigris sondaica (Sumatran tiger).
5. The fishing cat eats only fish.
False
True
Fishing cat scat collected in India showed that around three-quarters of the animals' diets consisted of fish, yet the cats also ate birds, insects, small rodents, molluscs and reptiles.
6. Where did species of Smilodon (sabre-toothed tiger) live?
Europe
Americas
Asia
Africa
Fossils have been found from Canada to Chile.
7. Which of these cats is not listed as Least Concern?
Iberian Lynx
Serval
Jungle Cat
Caracal
The Iberian lynx is critically endangered.
8. Is the Asiatic lion its own subspecies of lion?
Yes
No
It is a population of Panthera leo leo, a subspecies that also lives in West and Central Africa.
9. The Pallas's cat has never been sighted in which country?
Pakistan
Thailand
Mongolia
Armenia
They are adapted to live in cold continental climates with little rainfall and wide temperature ranges.
10. Which of these cats has the strongest bite force relative to its size?
Lion
Jaguar
Leopard
Cougar
Bite force quotient, or BFQ, is how this is measured. For the jaguar it is 137, the same as the clouded leopard. The lion's BFQ is 112, the cougar's is 108 and the leopard's is 94. Interestingly, the sand cat (pictured in the thumbnail) has a BFQ of 130, slightly higher than the BFQ of the tiger.
11. Which of these prehistoric cats went extinct first?
Eurasian Cave Lion
American Lion
Dinofelis
Smilodon
The genus Dinofelis first appeared at least five million years ago, earlier than other the cats, and went extinct around 1.2 million years ago. Species of Smilodon existed between 2.5 million years ago and 10,000 years ago, the American lion existed between 340,000 and 11,000 years ago, and the Eurasian cave lion first appeared around 460,000 years ago and went extinct between 15,000 and 14,000 years ago.
12. Which species of lynx has the highest recorded weight?
Canada Lynx
Eurasian Lynx
Iberian Lynx
Bobcat
Eurasian lynxes generally weigh between 12 and 32 kilograms, and one from the Altai Mountains weighed 35 kg. The heaviest bobcat accurately weighed was 22.2 kilograms, the heaviest Canada lynx was 20 kilograms, and Iberian lynx usually weigh up to 15.9 kilograms.
13. Cats belong to the suborder Feliformia. Which of these groups of mammals are not feliformes?
Weasels
Civets
Hyenas
Mongooses
Weasels belong to the suborder Caniformia, which includes animals such as dogs, bears and seals.
14. The emblem called the Aq Bars features which cat with wings?
Snow Leopard
Siberian Tiger
Eurasian Lynx
Asiatic Lion
It is the official symbol of Tatarstan, and was also used in Volga Bulgaria and the Khanate of Kazan.
15. The European wildcat still exists in Scotland.
True
False
The Scottish wildcat is currently only found in northern and eastern Scotland, though European wildcats could once be found throughout Britain.
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