7 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds

Cat intelligence is not measured by how quickly a cat can read a book, but by how well they can be trained, their interaction with other animals, and their ability to adapt to new environments. Below is our top 7 most intelligent cat breeds.

If you would like to discover more intelligent cat breeds use our cat directory. You can filter through every pedigree cat breed and use our 5 star intelligence rating to pick out the smartest.


#1 - Abyssinian

An adult Abyssinian cat lying down looking out of the window
An adult Abyssinian cat lying down looking out of the window

Abyssinian cats are very confident in themselves and possess an air of superiority about them. We see them as intelligent because they love to interact with their owners and seem happiest when they are being mentally stimulated.


#2 - Siamese

A Siamese Cat lying down having a deserved rest
A Siamese Cat lying down having a deserved rest

Siamese cats are perhaps the most intelligent of them all. They are forever getting into mischief with their inquisitive nature making them explore every corner of the house. This breed may respond better than others to training and many owners report that their Siamese cats can do tricks.


#3 - Bengal

A very clever and sociable Bengal Cat
A very clever and sociable Bengal Cat

These sociable cats enjoy human interaction which can be a sign of intelligence. They will often ‘talk’ to us with their chirpy meows. They love jumping and climbing as they explore their surroundings. Many Bengal owners have reported that their cat enjoys water and has learnt to play fetch.


#4 - Burmese

An intelegent black Burmese cat who loves human interaction
An intelegent black Burmese cat who loves human interaction

Burmese cats are often described as having a dog-like personality with their love of human interaction and high levels of intelligence. They are very sociable cats who are happiest by your side and having all your attention. They interact well with children and dogs which can also be a sign of intelligence.



A clever and inquisitive Cornish Rex
A clever and inquisitive Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is a clever and inquisitive breed who will explore every inch of your house if you let them. They really enjoy playing games and human interaction so be prepared to have a cat that will pester you for attention.


#6 - Savannah

A highly active and intelligent Savannah Cat
A highly active and intelligent Savannah Cat

Savannah cats are highly active and many maintain a wild side to their temperament. This makes them very intelligent and in need of lots of play sessions and/or walks on the lead in order to keep them mentally stimulated/.


A Scottish Fold Cat who thrives off attention
A Scottish Fold Cat who thrives off attention

Scottish folds enjoy toys that test their mental capacity such as teaser toys or puzzle toys. They enjoy interacting with their owners and thrive on your attention. This breed of cat will demand a game or two out of you when you come home from work to satisfy their boredom.



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Joy, 24 November 2018

My husband has allergies to cats which cat do you recommend would be bes? I know there is know such thing as a true hypoallergenic cat.


Jessica, 11 November 2018

Hello! We are considering adopting an intelligent breed cat and are new to the process. What is the cost of the average special cat here on Omlet? Cant seem to find that info. Were looking for a cat who will be happy and content living indoors 95% of the time and who is probably not older than 6 or 7...we have a son who is 12 that loves cats and is wishing for one that he can keep and be connected to for as long as into the future of him evenatually leaving home. Weve recently (1 month ago) experienced the loss of his cat of 8 years, -he was primarily an outdoor cat toward about the last 3 years or so- and are hoping to begin again that amazing bond of child and cat connection that he had and just lost. Thank you for your help.


Jillian, 4 November 2018

I am looking for a hypoalergenic cat for my daughter. I am not sure where to look or who to ask . If I can get info on some breeders and prices and locations that would great.


Amy, 26 August 2018

I have a 2 year old Bengal who plays fetch no problem even with branches - and lays them at my feet. If I am on the computer for example and he can't get my attention - he leaps on my chest, inquiring into my eyes for a game or two! I grew up w Bengals and Siamese- Adore both!


Largest, 13 April 2017

Hey Such a good post. Learn about this intelligent cat breeds is really good for me. -Thank You

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