Most of us agree that cats possess an innate intelligence. However, occasionally there comes along a cat who seems to carry that intelligence up a notch. Take Sasha, the cat who developed her own tools. Or Kishta, who not only learned how to open doors by herself, but taught other family cats how to do so. Read more about these exceptionally intelligent cats, then submit your own long
story about your extremely smart cat.
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The cat I observed using a tool was a solid, light-gray, domestic long haired cat. We first met her as a stray kitten in San Diego in 1988; we took her in and named her Sasha. We noticed signs of unusual intelligence early on; Sasha was fascinated, for instance, by the water disappearing down a flushing toilet. Sasha moved with us to Lexington, MA, in 1991.
The tool that Sasha used was a cotton hair "scrunchy".
Kishta was one of a pair of kittens, the only two who didn't scatter after her mother had been hit by a car next to the dumpster. Covered with tarry oil (we lived near a construction site at the time) and mewing pitifully, she and her orange tabby brother were an easy sell.
Her rescue story is typical, not worth another sentence. What is fascinating is her intelligence, which at age 2, even my skeptical husband acknowledges. Kishta watches everything: not everything that moves, but every process. For example, my husband's home-office is off limits to felines, much to their dismay.