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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flagFinland
8%
83%
8%
0%
12
flagUkraine
14%
78%
7%
0%
14
flagthe United Arab Emirates
16%
75%
8%
0%
12
flagSpain
10%
68%
21%
0%
19
flagItaly
8%
66%
25%
0%
24
flagGermany
12%
56%
27%
2%
174
flagPoland
15%
54%
26%
3%
13933
flagFrance
26%
53%
19%
0%
26
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
51%
28%
3%
272
flagRepublic of Ireland
18%
50%
31%
0%
44
flagthe United States
20%
48%
27%
1%
301
flagthe Netherlands
12%
47%
40%
0%
40
flagthe Philippines
33%
46%
13%
6%
15
flagRussia
27%
45%
18%
9%
11
flagNorway
13%
43%
37%
5%
37
flagCanada
13%
43%
43%
0%
23
flagDenmark
16%
41%
41%
0%
12
flagUU
10%
37%
44%
6%
29
flagIndia
22%
33%
35%
8%
62
flagSweden
27%
27%
36%
9%
11

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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