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
flagthe United Arab Emirates
14%
78%
7%
0%
14
flagItaly
6%
73%
20%
0%
30
flagUkraine
17%
70%
5%
5%
17
flagSpain
10%
68%
21%
0%
19
flagGermany
12%
57%
27%
2%
198
flagCanada
10%
55%
34%
0%
29
flagFrance
24%
55%
20%
0%
29
flagPoland
14%
54%
26%
3%
14668
flagthe United Kingdom
15%
54%
26%
3%
308
flagthe United States
20%
48%
27%
1%
312
flagRepublic of Ireland
17%
48%
33%
0%
45
flagthe Netherlands
13%
47%
38%
0%
44
flagthe Philippines
35%
47%
11%
5%
17
flagAustria
0%
45%
45%
9%
11
flagNorway
13%
44%
36%
5%
38
flagUnknown
9%
42%
44%
3%
52
flagDenmark
15%
38%
46%
0%
13
flagIndia
21%
36%
33%
9%
66
flagSweden
25%
25%
41%
8%
12

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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