I’ve never been a math girl, but if cats are involved, I’m game to give the good ol’ arithmetic another chance. Some situations just don’t make sense to us humans, but when we look at them with cat logic, or what we’ve learned while living with cats, the muddiness is suddenly quite clear. Test your feline logic with these six math problems.
1. The empty plate
This may seem like a trick question, but it’s really not. No matter what a human may think, cats will always deduce that any plate of food that has large empty spaces is considered “empty.” So if you answered “C,” then you’re thinking like a cat. This may or may not work in your favor, especially as a dinner guest in someone’s home.
2. Don’t call Indiana Jones
After a cat’s done his “business” in the litter box, a considerable amount of digging happens. Kitties like full coverage, and want to make darn sure that deposit is buried so well that even Indiana Jones couldn’t unearth it. So there’s really no hard-and-fast rule with regard to coverage. “C” is the correct answer because “digging to China” means something different to each cat; however, we humans know it’s equivalent to a whole lot of diggity-dig.
3. The threshold of mathematics
Cats are usually predictable when it comes to their relationship with doors — it’s love-hate. They can’t stand a closed door, yet are typically apprehensive when the door’s opened and they have an opportunity to cross the threshold. After much research and countless hours of testing, the most brilliant mathematical minds in the world have verified that the correct answer is “C.”
4. Easy word problem
Cats can go from 20 to two toys in a couple of days’ time — sometimes less than that. If you’re like me, you’re not much of a fan of word problems, but this one might be fairly easy to solve. If you guessed “C,” then you know your cats don’t show favor to traditional toys when it comes to swatting.
5. Is there a plausible formula?
No one can deny the gravitational pull between cats and fresh laundry, especially if it’s in a basket. One might think there’s a concrete formula that explains the pull, but pages and pages of data hasn’t come close to anything plausible. So for now, scholars have settled on “because cats.” The mathematical community at large has grown to accept this as fact. So yes, “B” is the correct answer to this one.
This problem is about as simple as they come, and anyone who knows cats can probably solve it with their eyes closed. And really, one could substitute any number of treats and still come up with the same answer, which is “C.” Of course.
Do you know any cat-logic math problems? Share them in the comments!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.