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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flagUkraine
7%
84%
7%
0%
13
flagFinland
9%
81%
9%
0%
11
flagthe United Arab Emirates
18%
72%
9%
0%
11
flagItaly
8%
66%
25%
0%
24
flagFrance
18%
59%
22%
0%
22
flagSpain
14%
57%
28%
0%
14
flagGermany
12%
55%
28%
2%
159
flagPoland
15%
53%
27%
3%
13107
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
50%
29%
3%
242
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
50%
33%
0%
42
flagthe Netherlands
13%
50%
36%
0%
38
flagAustria
0%
50%
50%
0%
10
flagthe United States
20%
47%
28%
2%
287
flagCanada
9%
47%
42%
0%
21
flagthe Philippines
33%
46%
13%
6%
15
flagRussia
27%
45%
18%
9%
11
flagDenmark
18%
45%
36%
0%
11
flagNorway
13%
43%
37%
5%
37
flagIndia
22%
34%
36%
6%
58
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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