Some cat lovers have very clear preferences when choosing their animal. The size and color of eyes not only influence when bringing a new cat home:
Apparently, some think that there are more intelligent cat breeds than others. Are we talking about a mere opinion or is there some proven data behind?
Ways to determine the intelligence of a cat
In general, not too many studies have been carried out to determine the extent of the intelligence of cats, regardless of their breed. In 2009, a study wanted to determine if they were able to count various objects.
To the surprise of many, it was discovered that cats were not especially bright in this area. Dogs, for example, seemed to do much better. Another study wanted to focus on the ability of cats to solve puzzles.
It was observed that, given difficulty, while the dogs asked for help from their master, the cats kept trying. Despite the various reactions recorded, none of these studies offered conclusive results.
However, thanks to these studies we have been able to define the different strengths that we must take into account when determining if our cat is more or less intelligent. We can focus, for example, on:
- The social skills of your pet. The level of socialization of cats is different from that of dogs. While dogs will be outgoing and open to people, cats will tend to shy away from human contact. The dependence of the human being that dogs show is not appreciated in cats since they do not need us to survive in nature. This does not mean that a more sociable cat is less intelligent, but it does show that he has enough resources to fend for himself.
- Cats and dogs use memory to shape their daily routines. They know what time you are going to feed them, where and how. It is the small and unexpected changes in their routines that can most alter how they perceive their surroundings. Watch how they react to these changes and how long they take to incorporate them into your routine.
- Memory is closely related to your ability to learn. Cats, as proud and independent animals that they are, do not usually want to satisfy all the whims of their owners or learn everything they are ordered. Therefore, it may seem that your cat is not intelligent simply because it ignores all your attempts to train him. Do not confuse your indifference with a lower intellectual quotient and try to change the training strategy.
The so-called ‘smarter cat breeds’
Thanks to the above list we can examine the degree of intelligence of our pets, regardless of their breed. In spite of everything, there are certain cat breeds that experts deem smarter than the rest, including:
- The Siamese cat
- The Burmese cat
- The angora
- The Abyssinian
On many occasions, however, it is the type of personality that shows a particular race that leads us to think that it has an intellect above the average.
As we have seen, cats often turn a deaf ear to what their owners tell them or have a reserved character that does not really allow them to discern the animal’s way of thinking.
The danger of this type of lists is that they tend to classify the eminently subjective objectively, without taking into account all the factors that affect the cognitive development of the animal.