If “the capacity to learn and retain knowledge and the capacity to use it to solve various problems” is the correct description for the word “intelligence,” then the cat is undoubtedly the most intelligent animal of all the people around us.
Put an adult cat in a room she’s never been in before and watch how she inspects every corner. This comprehensive search offers essential environmental knowledge that, in some cases, can even save your life.
They never suffered from the curiosity common to cats, but it gave her the reputation that they had nine lives!
We are all aware that the ability of cats to test the environment is legendary, but it has proven superior to any other domestic animal.
The cat’s ability to stay safe in different situations shows that it can use what it knows. Cats can develop “learning strategies,” a capability only primates can have.
Cats, much like humans, learn from observation, imitation, attempts and, of course, errors. The tales of cats who open drawers or panels are numerous, but cats can switch on the lamps or use the toilet.
This is only possible because the cats who know how to do such things, their owners, are constantly looking for them.
Because the cat is the most intelligent domestic animal, the owner must know the limits of her cognitive processes very clearly, because conferring pet-human motives can cause damage and behavioural problems.
For example, a cat cannot reflect on the past or think in perspective, so punishing her for something she did only minutes earlier is useless because the cat cannot connect the punishment with her actions. Similarly, cats cannot seek retribution for a previous sentence.
In conclusion, don’t underestimate the intelligence of your cat!
Try and know your pet better and act in such a manner that living together can be a beneficial experience for both of you.