Rodents
Cats
Dogs
Birds
Fish
100

What popular rodent pet is missing from this list? Mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, degus, and chinchillas?

Guinea pigs

100

If your cat is a “chonker”, what’s the problem?

Too fat

100

What was the reason that Cruella de Ville (101 Dalmations) kidnapped all those dalmatian puppies?

To skin them to make fur coats.  The puppy hair is finer and softer than the adult fur

100

Common pet birds: canary, finch, dove, budgie, cockatiel, parrot. Which one would be the best ‘cat equivalent’ bird?

Dove

100

Every morning when you check your aquarium for ‘ floaters’, what are you looking for?

Dead fish

200

Before they became pets, what were guinea pigs bred for?

Food

200

Some members of the feline family can purr and some cannot.  But the ones who can’t purr, can do this that the purring ones can't

Roar

200

Why do dogs circle 3 times before laying down for a nap?

Residual habit from when they were wild -  pat down tall grass and underbrush to make a comfortable bed 

200

Why were canaries used in coal mines to detect the presence of carbon monoxide and other toxic gases?

Birds require much more oxygen than humans, so their susceptibility to toxic air is higher.  Canaries chosen because they were readily available

200

If you replace only the water that evaporates from your aquarium, what will eventually happen to your fish? Why?

Topping up the water approach will lead to a buildup of nitrates and phosphates and a rise in pH. This leaves the fish more susceptible to disease and death. Need to change 10% of the water in your aquarium every week 

300

Name the type of rat that loves to build nests and is fond of stuffing it with knickknacks and shiny objects 

Woodrat. Also called the ‘pack rat’

300

What is curious about cat tracks (can see in mud or snow)? 

The hind paws are placed down on exactly the same spot as the front paws 

300

Most dogs love to bark (beagle, chihuahuas).  But there are a few breeds that are pretty quiet.  Name one

Greyhound, bull mastiff, french bulldog, chinook

300

What one characteristic of pet birds is a surprise to most people considering getting one

Longevity. Except for finches, typical pet birds can live from 10 to 50 yrs depending on the species.

300

What type of fish will continue to grow until it is too large for your tank, even if it is a large tank?

Daily double!   1. Goldfish (300 pts); 2. All fish (600 pts).  Fish are ‘indeterminate growers’.  They grow until they die

400

This little rodent is unusually anti-social.  You cannot keep more than one in a cage 

Hamsters. Literally a  ‘Thunderdome’ situation!

400

This breed of cat was created from crossing Persian and Siamese breeds

Himalayan

400

The Dachshund (wiener dog) was bred to hunt for what animal?

Badgers

400

Falconry used to be a class-influenced hobby. List these birds-of-prey by the status they provide: peregrine falcon, sparrowhawk, gyrfalcon, and goshawk. (hint: size)

BIG > gyrfalcon > peregrine falcon > goshawk > sparrowhawk > SMALL

400

What would happen to your fish if the light fell into the tank?   

Nothing. Electrocution is not possible because there is no ‘ground’ point (drain) like is a bathtub

500

All the research into why Hamsters (and mice, etc) love to run in hamster wheels points to this 

They do it for the endorphins (‘runners high’)

500

Why do cats ‘play’ with their prey before killing it?

Cats want to minimize the risk of injury to themselves, so they like to completely exhaust their prey 1st

500

The hound breed was established for hunting  deer, foxes, people, etc. So why do Basset hounds have such ridiculous short little legs?

So the hunters could keep up on foot!

500

In Monty Python’s “Holy Grail”, what famous bird question was asked at the Bridge of Death?

The airspeed of an unladen swallow 

500

What the heck are “sea monkeys”?

Brine shrimp

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