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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.

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#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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Majeed, 13 September 2020

I love Adopting cat so lam looking for one more smart and adaptable when we return to our house at Arizona end this year with my wife only . I am excited to these amazing cats . Thank you


Buddha, 14 May 2020

I have had several breeds in my life. My Russian Blues are always extremely intelligent. Russian Blues should be on the list. My current Blue is amazing. He comes when called. Sits on command. Fetches on command. Has a really broad range of purrs, chirps, bird like noises, meows, yowls, which map to what he wants or what he is doing. Super cuddly but also very independent. He is incredibly good at interpreting what I want. He can open cabinets and door with level handles. He is also supremely confident with everyone, cats, people, dogs, and he is not afraid of anything. He also walks on a leash. I can actually vacuum him if I wanted. All my current cats are really stable but he just stands out in terms of intelligence.


Cerrah, 6 May 2020

these cats to me are really smart but i thinkthe tabby should be 3rd.


Marsha, 17 April 2020

Looking for young cat/kitten needs to adapt to household of 4 dogs, preferably non allergic


Melvin, 16 February 2020

My wife and I had Maine coon,he taught us to play fetch.And he loved taking walks with a leash.

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