How to Measure Your Cat’s Intelligence

Is there a way to test your cat’s smarts? Try this to see how your cat measures up!

By: The Daily Cat

The most basic definition of intelligence is “the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience.” This does not necessarily take into account compassion, the ability to solve problems in creative ways and many other valuable skills that both humans and felines possess. Nevertheless, it is thought that some cats are more intelligent than others — and in ways that can be demonstrated.

In “The Cat Behavior Answer Book,” authors Arden Moore and Nancy Peterson propose one clever way of measuring your cat’s intelligence. It’s a test originally created for human children, but it can also be used on your pet. Think of it as playing peekaboo with your cat.

Begin by showing your cat an object, such as a favourite toy. Do this in an uncluttered area, so your cat will be able to focus on this single item. Next, place the object behind a solid item, such as a file folder. If your cat knows to look behind the folder to see the object, your pet is ranked in IQ with 18-month-old human children — your cat realizes the object is hidden and did not just disappear.

Very smart cats on par with 2-year-old humans can even predict an object’s trajectory of movement without actually seeing it. If a mechanical mouse goes under your couch or refrigerator, for example, your cat might be able to predict where it will come out, based on the toy’s prior motions. This ability to predict is tied to the higher level of intellect.

Regardless of how your cat does in these “tests,” just remember that your furry friend is always glad to see you — no matter if it knows where its favourite toy is or where the wind-up mouse will come out!


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