It’s no surprise someone came up with “Answer Your Cat’s Questions” Day. After all, don’t we wonder what the heck cats are thinking? Of all pets, cats are most likely to think they’re the boss of the house – but these furry creatures are not very smart. Their brains are less than 1/100th of their whole body weight, while for us humans it’s more than double that fraction. So if cats *could* talk, they might have lots of questions. Today’s our big chance to give them some answers.

*Wee ones:* “Hey, you! Where’s my dinner?” If you’ve taken 6 minutes to set up the cat’s food and you need 1 more minute to finish, how many minutes total does the cat wait?

*Little kids:* “I’ve caught 9 mice for you this week — whaddaya have for me? How about a treat for every other mouse?” If you agree to this deal and start with mouse #1, how many treats does your cat get? *Bonus:* If your cat talks you into 9 treats instead, how many more treats is that?

*Big kids:* “Hey look, I unraveled 52 feet of yarn! How much is left?” If you started with an 80-foot ball of yarn, how much is left? *Bonus:* “When are you going to get the dog out of here?” If it’s 2:43 pm and your dog goes out for a walk at 6:15 every night, how long does the cat have to wait?

Answers:

*Wee ones:* 7 minutes.

*Little kids:* 5 treats: for mouse # 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. *Bonus:* 4 more treats.

*Big kids:* 28 feet. *Bonus:* 3 hours and 32 minutes.