Dog people are quick to brag about their smart and obedient canine-pal, but anyone that has had experience with a feline knows that cats can be pretty intelligent as well. Check out the following 10 most intelligent cat breeds…you may be surprised at which ones made the list.
Known for their beautiful markings and talkative attitude, the Siamese is more than just a chatty beauty. This breed can figure things out and enjoys being mentally stimulated with cat puzzle toys and other “brain-teasers.” Keeping this feline busy is a must, as a bored Siamese will find ways to amuse itself – a roll of toilet paper makes a fun streamer across the entire room.
The flattened ears of the Scottish Fold may give this cat the appearance of being angry, but it is all show. This feline enjoys being around its owners and is extremely intelligent. It loves to engage in games of chase or being involved in whatever activity their human companion is doing. The Scottish Fold enjoins working on puzzle toys or just lounging around on its back with its feet up in the air.
The brainy-Aby is as smart as it is quick. It takes pleasure in keeping its owners on their toes with feats of agility, high jumping and the learning of new tricks. For these reasons, the Abyssinian needs to be mentally stimulated with a variety of toys (wadded up paper balls, bottlecaps, tissue paper and most anything that catches its interest). This breed is best in an active household that will give it the exercise and mental workout it craves.
The Bengal breed of cat may look like it belongs in the depths of a jungle with its stunning markings and large ears, but it is very much at home in an active and busy household. This cat is very intelligent and (not only craves) but needs intellectual stimulation. It loves to play in water, so you may find it fishing in the aquarium or an outdoor pond, which it is more than capable of with its long legs and slender toes. Nothing gets past the Bengal’s attention or stealthy hunting abilities, so be prepared to have some great times with this fun-loving cat.
These beautiful sleek felines were once kept by priests in the temples of Burma, but have now made their way all over the world. They are known for their energetic and talkative personality, as well as their ability to figure things out. For these reasons, the Burmese does well with interactive toys and can be taught tricks like roll over, wave, sit and come. In addition, many owners of this breed have been able to indulge in a game of fetch or even a leashed walk with their Burmese.
The Cornish Rex has it all, good looks, personality, charm and also a “sense of humor.” It is more dog-like in nature and enjoys being your constant companion. It will amaze your guests with its clownish behavior and intelligent nature. This breed also has long toes which can easily manipulate cabinet doors or drawers and its kitty-smarts can figure things out after watching you do it a few times. Be prepared to be entertained with a Cornish Rex in your life.
This breed is relatively new to the cat world (1970s). It has large eyes, a sepia-colored coat and is quite small in size; adults average around 4 to 8 pounds. In addition to being beautiful to behold, the Singapura is also highly intelligent. It loves to be up high, interact with its family members (both human and animal) and will welcome in your guests with a friendly rub on the legs. This breed needs to be kept busy or it may become bored and even depressed.
As the name suggests, this breed of cat was thought to originate in the Lake Van area of Turkey. It is a very active cat even into its adult years, however its larger size can make it a bit clumsy at times (it may not always land on its feet). The Turkish Van is also noted for its ability to learn tricks, play fetch and to pounce and prey. Owners of this breed also suggest leaving your toilet lids down, as it enjoys a good splash in the water
The results of the pairing of a Siamese and Burmese, the Tonkinese has the slender good looks and happy-go-lucky personality that any cat-lover would be pleased to bring into their family. This breed is known for its quick ability to solve puzzle toys, learn new tricks and even walk on a leash. It loves to be high up and will keep its pet-parent amused with its clownish antics and full-of-life attitude.
With its soft voice and inquisitive nature the European Burmese makes a delightful pet. It has soft velvety fur, large ears and big round eyes that will melt the heart of all who meet it – your guests will get this cats full attention whether they want it or not. The European Burmese is also noted for being a clever cat, learning new tricks and figuring out interactive toys like their were child’s play. Having this breed of cat will definitely give life and energy to your household.
Although, these top 10 breeds of cat are known for their intelligence, each cat is different. Before you bring one into your home be sure to research the breed thoroughly to get a better understanding of all it entails. Once you have made your decision seek out a reputable breeder or a rescue organization to adopt from. These breeds are sure to make a wonderful addition to any family.
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