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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flagthe United Arab Emirates
9%
87%
3%
0%
31
flagSpain
7%
74%
14%
3%
27
flagItaly
4%
70%
19%
4%
41
flagSwitzerland
8%
64%
21%
5%
37
flagRussia
10%
60%
20%
10%
30
flagthe Netherlands
14%
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25%
1%
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flagUkraine
23%
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11%
7%
26
flagCanada
11%
55%
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36
flagPoland
14%
54%
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3%
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flagthe United Kingdom
16%
54%
24%
3%
462
flagGermany
14%
54%
25%
4%
264
flagFrance
26%
52%
20%
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34
flagAustralia
18%
50%
27%
4%
22
flagthe United States
20%
49%
25%
3%
399
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
49%
31%
3%
61
flagNorway
12%
46%
37%
3%
54
flagAustria
20%
40%
32%
8%
25
flagSweden
29%
38%
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3%
31
flagUnknown
18%
36%
39%
5%
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flagIndia
22%
36%
30%
9%
92

Gender

men44%
women50%
a male
16%
14%
a female
44%
50%
it is not possible to tell
32%
32%
it is not a cat at all
5%
2%

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Author: Sara Amoncio
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