Some cat lovers have definite preferences when choosing your pet. The size and color of eyes not only influence when bringing a new cat home: apparently, some believe that there are breeds of cats smarter than others. Are we talking about a mere opinion or there is any data contrasted behind?
Ways to determine the intelligence of a cat
In general, they have not done too many studies to determine the extent of the knowledge of cats, regardless of race. In 2009, an investigation would decide whether or not they were able to count different objects.
To the surprise of many, it was discovered that cats were not particularly brilliant in this area. Dogs, for example, seemed to do much better. Another study would focus on the ability of cats to solve puzzles.
It was observed that faced with difficulty, while dogs were asking for help to his master, cats still trying. Despite the various reactions received, none of these studies offered conclusive results.
However, because these studies have been able to define the different strengths that we must consider when determining whether our cat is more or less intelligent. We can focus, for example, in:
- Social skills of your pet. The level of socialization of cats is different from dogs. While dogs are shown extroverted and open to people, cats tend to shy away from human contact. Dependence of human beings that show dogs are not seen in cats because they do not need us to survive in nature. This does not mean a more sociable cat is less intelligent, but it shows that you have sufficient 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 methods that can most alter how they perceive their environment. See how they react to these changes and how long it takes to incorporate them into their routine.
- Memory is closely related to their 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 to do. So it may seem that your cat isn’t intelligent simply because she ignores all your attempts to train her. Don’t confuse their indifference with a lower IQ and try to change the training strategy.
The so-called ‘intelligent breeds of cats’
Thanks to the previous list, we can examine the degree of intelligence of our pets, regardless of race. Nevertheless, there are certain breeds of cats that experts judge smarter than the rest, including:
- Siamese cat
- Burmese cat
- El angora
- the Abyssinian
On many occasions, however, is the type of personality that shows a particular race that leads us to think he has an intellect above the average.
As we have seen, often the cats turn a deaf ear to what they are told their owners or have a reserved character that can not discern the thinking of the animal.
The danger of such lists is that they tend to classify it eminently subjective objectively, without taking into account all factors affecting the cognitive development of the animal.