What Big Cat Am I?

ANIMALS

By: Ian Fortey

5 Min Quiz

Sometimes cat people get a bad reputation if they have too many cats. So how many cats is too many?

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What's your favorite breed of domestic cat?

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Should cats and dogs be hanging out together?

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Word is there are more tigers in American homes than in the wild. Would you ever get a big cat as a pet?

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Some cats are very social, and some are not. What about you?

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How big does a cat have to be for it to be considered a big cat?

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What's more dangerous, the claws or the fangs?

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Is your bark, or maybe roar in this case, worse than your bite?

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Cats can live pretty much anywhere on Earth. What's your ideal landscape?

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Are you full of energy, or would you rather have someone else do the work for you?

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Even big cats like to play. What's your favorite board game?

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Would you describe yourelf as nocturnal?

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Cats are nothing if not inspirational — just look at music! Pick the best song with "cat" in the title!

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Many cats are named for their country of origin. Which cat land would you want to visit?

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Do you have a favorite fictional cat?

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Some cats are pretty adept at climbing trees. Are you good with heights?

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Most cats are carnivores. Pick your meat!

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Cats purr when they're happy. Are you good at showing your emotions?

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Most big cats hate water, but not all of them. What are your thoughts on swimming?

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Do you feel more fast or furious?

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Some cats love it when company comes over, and others hide in the shadows. Do you like having people over?

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From hissing to growling to furious tail waving, cats really let you know when they're angry. What do you do when your temper rises?

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Which of these is the absolute worst cliche cat name?

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They say a leopard can't change its spots, but do you think people can change?

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Cats are known for their hunting prowess. Are you sneaky enough to creep up on anyone without being caught?

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What's the worst part about owning a cat?

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In your experience, can cats learn tricks like dogs?

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Catnip even works on big cats. What do you like to indulge in when you want to unwind?

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Some cats never make a peep, and others can't stay quiet. What about you?

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Where should your cat sleep at night?

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About This Quiz

Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years, and it looks like they actually domesticated themselves. Unlike horses, which humans would have tried to tame, the popular theory with cats is that they chose to be near humans. See, early humans would have had food stores, just like today, and that would have attracted mice and rats. Those mice and rats in turn would have attracted the wild ancestors of our modern cats. So, for many generations, smaller wild cats chose to live among humans because it was beneficial to them. And in time, those cats became domesticated by virtue of living with humans for so long. 

The difference between the small domestic cats we have today and the big wild cats of the African savannah is just one small thing — those cats didn't choose us. We didn't have the right kind of prey for them, and, likely, our ancestors were as intimidated by them back then as we are today. Big cats and humans have always had a bit of a gap between them. 

But, if you're a real cat lover, that probably doesn't matter to you. Big cats are cool, no matter how they want to live. So, let's find out which one you're meant to be. Take the quiz and see!

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