Cats like us to believe that they're independent creatures and can manage without us, thankyouverymuch, since they don't require walks and can be left alone for longer periods of time than their canine counterparts. This generalization also leads some to believe that felines exhibit an air of superiority -- and dare we say, intelligence.
But how smart are cats? Sure, they can groom themselves, have a natural inclination to use the litter box and are easily amused, but not too many have a repertoire of tricks or follow commands. Those who have more than one cat probably differentiate their kitties in terms of their smarts (being "the dumb one" doesn't mean you're loved any less!), so just like any other animal, we know there is an intelligence hierarchy.
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There's no scientific method to determine how brainy your cat actually is -- but we can try to figure it out! CatChannel.com devised this clever IQ test, which could indicate you're housing the feline Einstein. Find out if your cat is about to take over the world . . . or just that comfy sofa cushion.
1. When you open a can of cat food with an electric can opener, what does your cat do?
a) Runs and hides under the bed
b) Looks up briefly, then gets back to napping
c) Immediately races into the kitchen
2. When you get out the pet carrier, what does your cat do?
a) Gives it a quick glance
b) Runs away, but will come back if offered a treat
c) Hides and won't come out
3. How often does your cat persuade you to get out of bed early to fix her breakfast?
b) Once in a while
c) Every day
4. Has your cat ever learned to do something just by watching you do it, such as how to open a cupboard door or turn off a light switch?
b) Yes, one or two easy procedures like how to open the box of cat treats
c) Yes. There are many things my cat has learned to do just by observing me.
5. If you come home at the same time every day, does your cat wait for your arrival, apparently aware that you have a regular return time?
b) Yes. He's usually waiting for me by the door.
c) Yes. As soon as I walk in, he escorts me to the kitchen so I can get him dinner.
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