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.
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#1 - Abyssinian
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
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
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
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.
#5 - 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
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/.
#7 - Scottish Fold
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.