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
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13%
81%
4%
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22
flagItaly
5%
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17%
2%
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flagSpain
9%
71%
19%
0%
21
flagUkraine
21%
60%
8%
8%
23
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
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flagFrance
24%
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flagPoland
14%
55%
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3%
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13%
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9%
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20%
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14%
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flagthe United States
20%
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26%
2%
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flagRepublic of Ireland
15%
49%
32%
3%
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flagthe Philippines
35%
47%
11%
5%
17
flagAustralia
23%
47%
23%
5%
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12%
43%
39%
4%
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21%
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6%
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18%
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5%
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flagSweden
25%
31%
37%
6%
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Gender

men47%
women49%
a male
16%
15%
a female
47%
49%
it is not possible to tell
31%
32%
it is not a cat at all
5%
2%

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Author: Sara Amoncio
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