The World's Smartest Cat Breeds
Tue, April 20, 2021

The World's Smartest Cat Breeds

Siamese cats are known for their exotic appearance and beautiful color points. They are affectionate, loyal, playful, smart, and tend to be chatty / Photo by: Timur85 via Pixabay

 

Cats are known for being cuddly and adorable, but they are also known for another thing: their intelligence. A lot of people are not aware that they are among the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom. They have a superior ability to learn new information, mesh it with existing information, recall it, and use that information in other situations. 

While cats have smaller brains, Dr. Lorie Houston for PetMD stated that the size of the brain is not always the best indicator of intelligence. Experts state that the cat brain shares some fascinating similarities with the human brain. For instance, each part of a cat's brain is compartmentalized, specialized, and connected to the others. These allow them to understand, respond to, and even manipulate their surroundings.

Dr. Berit Brogaard, a Danish and American philosopher, stated that "cats have more nerve cells in the visual areas of their brain, a part of the cerebral cortex [the area of the brain responsible for decision-making, problem-solving, planning, memory, and language-processing], than humans and most other mammals." This explains why these pets tend to catch something we don’t see. They are on a mission. 

Cats not only have the ability to understand humans but also other animals. Compared to dogs, they don't ask their pet parents for help as much, primarily because cats aren't as "tuned in" to humans as pups are. If you are one of the people who are eager to adopt cats for their intelligence, here are some of the world’s smartest cat breeds you should consider. 

1 - Abyssinian

One of the reasons why a lot of us are fascinated by cats is that they contain so much dignity, independence, and freedom of spirit. Abyssinian is a perfect cat breed for this. According to PetHelpful, a place for pet owners and animal enthusiasts to create informative and engaging content, this small to medium-sized breed is considered the smartest cat in the world. The Abyssinian is known for several things such as being both highly intelligent and inquisitive, and their desire to explore.

They are also extremely curious. When something has its attention, they might try to take it and investigate. This cat breed loves being the center of attention and thrives on human attention, especially in the form of petting or grooming. Aside from humans, they also enjoy the company of other animals. It is believed that Abyssinians originated in England during the Eighteenth Century. Aside from their intelligence, Abyssinian cats are athletic and agile. They are fond of climbing and playing with toys. They love to learn and can respond quite well to training. Ultimately, they are extremely loyal to their owners.

Abyssinian is a perfect cat breed for this. According to PetHelpful, this small to medium-sized breed is considered the smartest cat in the world / Photo by: polandeze via Wikimedia Commons

 

2 - Siamese

Siamese cats are known for their exotic appearance and beautiful color points. They are affectionate, loyal, playful, smart, and tend to be chatty. While experts are not sure when they were first bred and domesticated, it is believed that they originated in Thailand around the 14th century. This is the time they first appeared in a Thai manuscript. They also became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century.

Siamese cats were treasured by royal families in Thailand hundreds of years ago because of their distinctive, unusual, and beautiful appearance. These royal families even believed that a Siamese cat would receive their soul when they died. This cat breed needs ample mental stimulation to keep their minds busy. Failing to do this could result in destructive behavior and mischief since they would try to entertain themselves through various means. They are also capable of learning advanced commands.

3 - Bengals

Also known for their exotic appearance and large size, Bengal cats were developed by breeding an Asian leopard cat with a domestic house cat such as an Abyssinian, Egyptian Mau, or American shorthair. Many organizations consider them as a pure breed. Bengals are extremely athletic and graceful. They love to climb, run, jump, and play. 

According to CatTime, a site that aims to keep cats out of shelters and in happy loving homes by providing tools, tips, hacks, information, inspiration, and education to cat owners, this cat breed is great at learning tricks. They are naturally curious and can understand basic commands such as “sit,” or “lie down” due to their excellent memories. Bengal cats are known for their companionship and learning capacity.

Also known for their exotic appearance and large size, Bengal cats were developed by breeding an Asian leopard cat with a domestic house cat / Photo by: Rosana Prada via Wikimedia Commons

 

4 - Burmese

The Burmese are outgoing and entertaining cats who love people. It was first recognized as a breed in America and came to Europe in the 1940s. However, they originated in Burma (now known as Myanmar) where they are believed to have been kept and bred by priests in the temples and palaces. Just like other cats, this cat breed thrives on attention and will follow you around when you are home. They don’t like being left alone for long periods. 

According to The Spruce Pets, an online site that offers practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet, Burmese cats are clever, adaptable, playful, and very trainable, especially when young. Since they are among the smartest cats, they require substantial mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom and frustration. They are also known for being “emotionally intelligent” and having the ability to appropriately respond to the moods of their owners. 

Cats are extremely wonderful creatures. Owners must provide them with a large space where they can play and exercise both their bodies and minds.