Is this a male, or a female cat?

a male
a female
it is not possible to tell
it is not a cat at all
This kind of coat col­or­ing, which combines two colors other than white (black and red in this case), is known as tor­toise­shel­l, and it is found almost ex­clu­sive­ly in female cats. This is because the X chro­mo­some de­ter­mines the color of the cat, and there are no color genes in Y chro­mo­some. Thus, female cats with XX chro­mo­somes may be three colored (in­clud­ing white), while male cats with XY chro­mo­somes cannot. (with the ex­cep­tion of very rare XXY sterile males).

Answers distribution

a male
a female
it is not possible to tell
it is not a cat at all
answers
flagFinland
8%
83%
8%
0%
12
flagthe United Arab Emirates
18%
75%
6%
0%
16
flagItaly
6%
73%
20%
0%
30
flagUkraine
15%
68%
5%
10%
19
flagSpain
10%
68%
21%
0%
19
flagCzech Republic
15%
61%
23%
0%
13
flagGermany
13%
57%
26%
2%
206
flagPoland
14%
55%
26%
3%
15055
flagFrance
24%
55%
20%
0%
29
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
54%
26%
3%
322
flagCanada
10%
53%
36%
0%
30
flagthe United States
20%
48%
27%
2%
329
flagthe Philippines
35%
47%
11%
5%
17
flagRepublic of Ireland
17%
46%
31%
4%
47
flagthe Netherlands
13%
46%
40%
0%
45
flagUnknown
12%
45%
39%
2%
71
flagNorway
13%
44%
36%
5%
38
flagAustralia
33%
41%
16%
8%
12
flagDenmark
15%
38%
46%
0%
13
flagIndia
20%
37%
31%
10%
69

Gender

men53%
women50%
a male
15%
14%
a female
53%
50%
it is not possible to tell
27%
32%
it is not a cat at all
4%
2%

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Author: Sara Amoncio
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