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Night Cat Quiz
by Staff
Here's your chance to be a caracal. Can you survive 10 evenings in the Serengeti? Take the Night Cat Quiz to find out.

The muscles that control a cat's iris are shaped like which of the following? 

  • Figure-eight
  • Cross
  • Oval
  • Hourglass

Infrared vision allows cats to detect which of the following?

  • Heat
  • Movement
  • More red light
  • Electrical fields

In cats, the cornea — a transparent membrane that covers the pupil — bulges out like one-half of a bubble. Why?

  • To help the cat focus better.
  • To allow in more light.
  • To create a concentrated field of vision.
  • To better protect the pupil.

There's a big rock nearby, a tree stump about 20 yards out and a shrew gathering seeds in a distant patch of grass. All of these are in a cat's field of vision. Which of these does the cat see in highest detail?

  • The big rock
  • The tree stump
  • The shrew
  • The entire scene

How much better is a cat's nighttime vision than a human's?

  • Three times
  • Four times
  • Five times
  • Six times

Why do a cat's eyes face forward?

  • To gather more light
  • To detect movement
  • To increase its field of vision
  • To gauge distance

Which of the following cats is most active during the day?

  • Ocelot
  • Canada lynx
  • Jaguarundi
  • Jungle cat

The <i>tapetum lucidum</i><i> helps the cat see at night. How does it do this? </i>

  • By absorbing light
  • By focusing light
  • By reflecting light
  • By dispersing light

Cats are very sensitive to movement in which direction?

  • Side to side
  • Up and down
  • Round and round
  • Coming and going

Which of the following has the sharpest vision?

  • Bear
  • Human
  • Dog
  • Cat