Some cat lovers have very clear preferences when it comes to choosing their animal. The size and color of eyes not only influences when bringing a new cat home: apparently, some think there are more intelligent cat breeds than others. Are we talking about a mere opinion or is there some contrasted data behind it?
Ways to determine the intelligence of a cat
In general, not many studies have been carried out to determine the scope of the intelligence of cats, regardless of their race. In 2009, a study wanted to determine if they were capable of counting various objects.
To the surprise of many, it was discovered that cats were not especially bright in this area. The 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, faced with a difficulty, while the dogs asked their master for help, the cats kept trying. Despite the various reactions recorded, none of these studies offered conclusive results.
However, thanks to these studies it has been possible to delimit 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 extroverted and open to people, cats will tend to shun human contact. The dependence of the human being shown by dogs is not appreciated in cats, sincethey do not need us to survive in nature. This does not mean that a more sociable cat is less intelligent, but it does show thathe has enough resources to fend for himself.
- Cats and dogs usethe memory to shape your daily routines. They know what time you are going to feed them, where and how. It is the small and unexpected changes in your routines that can most alter how you perceive your surroundings. Watch how they react before these changes and how long it takes in incorporating them into your routine.
- Memory is closely related to their ability to learn. Cats, like 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 smart simply because it ignores all your attempts to train him. Do not confuse your indifference with a lower IQ and try to change the training strategy.
The so-called 'smarter cat breeds'
Thanks to the previous list we can examine the intelligence degree of our pets, regardless of their breed. In spite of everything, certain breeds of cats exist that the experts judge more intelligent than the rest, among them:
- The Siamese cat
- The Burmese cat
- The angora
- The Abyssinian
On many occasions, however, it is the personality type that shows a certain race that leads us to think that it has an intellect above the average.
As we have seen, many times cats deaf earswhat their owners tell them or they have a reserved character that does not really allow to discern the animal's way of thinking.
The danger of this type of lists is that tend to classify the eminently subjective objectively, without taking into account all the factors that affect the cognitive development of the animal.