Cats may have a reputation for being aloof and lazy, but cat owners know one fact: that their feline partners are really smart.
Cats are great at figuring things out for themselves. They are great explorers, naturally curious and good at making a toy out of anything. Cats are able to entertain themselves and they are really great at finding out how to get to new areas.
It is certain that all cats are smart, yet there are some that are a little bit more than other breeds. We all want to say that we have the most intelligent cats around, however there is a universal consensus that there are some breeds smarter than others.
Here are some of the smartest cat breeds in the world:
1. Abyssinian Cat
Abyssinian Cats are very confident in themselves and they have this air of superiority about them. Resembling the ancient cats of Egypt, The Aby has a distinctive sleek profile, with almond-shaped eyes and large ears.
They are one of the breeds that learn to play fetch with objects and will really love doing it. Also, they have an excellent memory— they will know where you hide their toys and how to open doors. Abyssinian cats are great at climbing and jumping. If you do not have a ceiling-high cat tree, they will make one for themselves out of your curtain, bookcase or anything less they can scale to the heavens.
These cats are also curious felines. If anything has your attention they will try to take it and investigate. Moreover, like any other cats, Abyssinians love to the center of your world and needs constant stimulation.
2. Siamese Cat
Remember the twin mischief cats Si and Am from the second movie of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp? Yes, they are Siamese cats!
These cats are really loud and love to chat with their owners. And like the twin characters in the movie, Siamese cats are really sassy and forever getting into mischief with their inquisitive nature that makes them want to explore every nook and cranny.
They love to follow you around, watching you with curious eyes while being talkative and social. Because they are smart, Siamese get bored if their brains are not stimulated. That is why you need to keep them entertained or they will find something to entertain themselves. They crave for attention the most, and they will wail and meow to let you know they are bored. So if you want to keep your sanity then you better give them what they want.
3. Burmese Cat
Burmese inherited their intelligence from their ancestors Siamese. They also love to talk, however, they are not as loud as the Siamese. Burmese cats are usually described as having a dog-like personality because of their love of human interaction. They easily get attached to people, so it is best not to leave them alone. They are highly sociable cats and can interact well with dogs or children.
They love to learn new tricks and would be very happy to show off to your friends. They can learn to fetch, roll over, sit or even walk on a leash. Burmese cats love to explore and they will definitely know your house better than you.They can be really demanding, especially the females, and will continue to follow you unless you give them the attention they want.
4. Scottish Fold Cat
The Scottish Fold’s pixie-like expression and endearing “teddy bear” ears are features that will instantly charm those who meet this adorable and intelligent breed. Adaptable and confident, Scottish folds are a quick learner that will walk on a leash and fetch balls without expecting a treat for a reward.
They enjoy toys that test their mental capacities like puzzle or teaser toys. They love being around people and thrive for their owner’s attention. They love doing stuff with people and will demand a game or two out of you to satisfy their boredom. They can even join you to watch movies and will pay attention to what is on the screen.
5. Persian Cat
With big gentle eyes and a luxurious coat, Persians are always a show-stopping breed that enjoys our admiration. These cats have an elegant aura surrounding themselves and seem to know how gorgeous they are.
Displaying a dignified and calm presence, Persians are very responsive to learning, particularly with the word “no”. Cautious and sensitive, they hate loud or harsh noise. And if there is an open door to the outside, Persians will not dart out like most cats would, instead they will take a peek first to check for any signs of danger before going out.
They are sometimes described as “quite communicators”. They will wait for a sign from their owners that it is okay to sit or cuddle with them.
6. Bengal Cat
Bengals are leopard-like beauties which are highly sought-after. And why not? Their looks, personality, and intelligence are really amazing. Bengals are good at learning tricks. Also, they are dexterous paws which can be a real headache for some owners. They have this reputation of playing with electronics, turning off light switches and causing mischief.
Unlike most cats, Bengals just love the water and will follow you to the shower or tub if they can. However, this can be a nightmare for fishes in backyard ponds or aquariums. They are highly sociable felines that often “talks” with their chirpy meows. Like their leopard ancestors, Bengals also love to jump and climb to explore their surrounding, so you might need a cat tree if you do not want your curtains destroyed.
7. Cornish Rex
Cornish Rex is a uniquely-styled and fun-loving breed. They have soaring energy and will always look for activity with people, dogs, and other cats. It is a very intelligent breed regarded for its unique curiosity.
Cornish Rex will explore every inch of your house if you let them climbing into washing machines, jumping on top of refrigerators, cabinets and the like. They have exceptional communications skills and is confident and adaptable to new surroundings.