From the article: Sable, an Amazingly Intelligent Cat
We all know that cats are intelligent animals. However, once in awhile a cat will come along with uncanny intelligence. She may accommodate her blind owner when playing fetch, teach other cats games she has invented, or knock on a closed door to gain entry. Here's your chance to share your story about your own extremely intelligent cat. Share Your Story
~ Grateful Kitty Mum ~
- I was a MSW student, Bronx, NY. One AM, a box of 4 NEWBORN kittens in the office. Been there overnight, found in underground garage in a box w/ young mother. Kittens were going to a shelter without Mum, as she was "vicious." I did not think so. She was protecting her babies. Mum had stayed overnight in the garage howling for her kittens. I called my daughter, a 4 hr drive away. She would take kittens & mother. Now to catch Mum in the garage! She was frantic for her missing kittens, not going to leave! It took 3 hours but I got Mum in a box. Put her in my car with kittens in another box & took off. What a ruckus! Mum trying to get to babies, kittens to Mum. Got to my daughter's. Put kittens in small room for 1/2 hour. I stayed. Then brought in Mom cat. She rushed to her babies, licked all over, nursed. JOY! I lay on mattress across the room. One hour. later, all kittiies content, quiet. Then mother cat slowly approached me. She put her paw on my arm, purred, then went back to her kittens. Mum had said, "Thank You."
- —Guest RonnieVG
- One day I came home from the grocery store. I was busy carrying inthe groceries. I went to pick up the box of chicken and noticed the corner was bent funny. When I opened it to look at, a wing was gone. I looked around but didn't see any creature. As I carried in the last of the groceries I found a smokey grey cat eating the wing. She was skinny and very pregnant. I would carry out a little food to her everyday. To show her appreciation she guarded me from stray dogs. What she did to the dogs, I never saw. She sat and looked at them. The dogs never came in after she arrived. If someone came to visit, she stayed between myself and the guest. When she brought her baby, she let it eat and then she ate what was left. If a stray cat came, she made it clear to them. Kitten ate first. Then she and stray ate what was left. She always knew when I was tired or upset. I never saw a mouse as long as she was here. I miss her.
- —Guest Marlene
Where's The Mouse???
- A few years ago, we bought my daughter a mouse. The mouse escaped his cage one day and was missing for about a week. 'Marlowe' our manx cat stayed in the kitchen for that entire week and appeared to be listening to sounds only she could hear from the lower cupboards. In anticipation of finding the mouse, I put it's cage on top of the refrigerator, thinking that I'd just pop it back in it's home once we caught it. After tripping over Marlowe for the thousandth time in the kitchen, I asked her "where's the mouse?" She looked at me like I was nuts, jumped up onto the counter and then on top of the refrigerator and looked into the cage as if to say, 'are you demented, Mom? What do you think I've been hanging out in the kitchen for all this time?' Now, that's one smart cat !! We did find the mouse eventually; Marlowe chased it into the toe of my shoe and I almost squished it when I went to put it on !!
- —Guest Laura McLaren
Parker woke me during insulin reactions
- My amazing cat Parker woke me, by pawing at me and meowing louding, when my sugar levels would drop too low, for over 12 years. He then trained me to follow him into the kitchen, where he would circle my feet continuously meowing, until I realized that I needed to eat something to relieve the brain fog symptoms that occurred when the insulin dropped my blood sugar levels too low. Parker would remain at my feet, still meowing. As soon as I began to eat something and assured him that I once again understood what I needed, his meowing would cease. I would then sit down for 10-15 minutes to allow the levels to adjust and the brain fog symptoms to clear. Parker would remain at my side. Then I would praise,kiss and hug him, while also giving him a extra feeding as a his reward. If my blood sugar levels had still remained too low, Parker would refuse to eat, thus letting me know that I was not yet in a safe level. Parker was my dearest guardian angel and amazing feline friend.
- —Guest Laureen
Jaz the fire-cat
- My Jaz(Jasmine)saved me from a potential fire. I was renting a house with electrical issues.I was tired & was dozing off on the couch.As I fell asleep-Jaz came over & started meowing at me.I ignored her-I was sleepy. She tried again,then ran over by the window & ran back to me. I tried to sleep, thinking she had found a bug.She wouldn't let me sleep.She ran back again-this time really yowing loudly at me, then jumped up on top of me & put her face into mine. I finally woke up & said "Ok what's the big deal?" She ran again to the window, looked at the floor & back at me. I then followed her gaze-and saw a wisp of smoke!I got up, fully awake now-and went to check. I had an extension cord under the rug-and it was smoking! As I raised the rug a spark shot out at me,which I quickly stomped out. There was smoke all over the room! I yanked the plug out-then picked up & tightly hugged Jaz. If I had fallen asleep!She was purring loudly now-we were safe. Jaz is gone now-I miss her every day...
- —Guest Dee
Intelligent use of mirrors by cats
- My Coco Bear is very good at figuring things out (brains tortitude=scary!). The "scary smart" thing that she does I've seen quite a few times. She lies in the tunnel part of her cat condo, which is right by a window that has a mirror effect at night and in some daytime light conditions. I'll have a dangly toy that I'm teasing her with, and I see her watching the reflection of the toy in the window, and she pounces on it before she can see the actual toy. Her pounce is based on what she sees in the window. When Raleigh had a UTI she would jump on my lap, yowl at me, jump down and run into the bedroom or the office (turning to see if I would follow her), and did that until I followed her to see what she was trying to tell me. I saw tiny pee spots, and knew it must be a UTI. She had been trying to tell me that something was wrong when she peed, so I could fix it.
- Two years ago, we had been given a half Bengal kitten. She was very active and independent and, at times, needed to be told "no" when she was doing something wrong. One day she kept trying to get on the table & scratch on the chairs & my husband, Pat, reprimanded her 3 or 4 times & used the squirt bottle to enforce the "no!" Shortly after I set the table for dinner, SqueaksLikeaMouse jumped on it again, & Pat chased her off again by squirting water at her and as soon as he turned his back she jumped back up there and ran to his plate, squatted & peed right on his dinner plate then jumped down & slowly walked away with a look on her face saying, "Take that!" Unfortunately, we lost her a few months later to an intestinal infection, but every so often when we are correcting our Bengals, I think of that, and pay close attention to the dinner table after I've put dishes on it...
- —Guest Carol Cochran
- My Elvis-cat had distinct meows for different things he wanted to express. Treats, tuna, walk, annoyance, not feeling well - all had different meows. He also would come to me (or anyone), meow with a ? at the end, sort of lilting up sound, then lead me to what he wanted/needed. When you would ask him what he wanted he would quickly walk you to the door for a walk, or to the treat cupboard etc. The distinctness of his different meows was amazing - but I suppose all cat-moms think that. :) He defintely had me trained. He also taught all the cats (4 others) how to tap on a human with their paw to get attention. It was amazing, once he discovered it, he quickly taught all the others and now, they ALL tap people with their paws to obtain eye contact or full attention on them. It's particularly annoying at 3 am when someone wants to play!
- —Guest janet49424
Well-trained and affectionate
- Hi, i've had my cat Zelda for over a year and in that time we've become close, and she's learned to trust and love me. First, over time i've learned mutual ways to communicate; i've learned to emulate some of her chirrups and mews, and consistently used some as ways to 'call her' to bed, or even greet her. It would look a tiny bit silly to some, but almost without fail (excepting the "I don't feel like it" clause) if I call her to bed she ambles over and curls up with me while I drift off. I've also trained her to respond to two soft, audible 'air kissing' noises as a 'come hither' or 'follow me' request. As well, i've been able to reinforce a 'praise voice' and a 'bad kitty' voice that she responds regularly to, and need only change my tone approvingly or disapprovingly for a change in behaviour that's conscious. I've also taught her to respond to her name, and though Zelda is extremely vocal, and 'petitions' for attention or food a lot, she won't do it while i'm sleeping.
- —Guest catloe
Real Cat Get "Fake" Cat in Big Trouble
- My amazing cat Halley showed her deep jealousy one time, and her ability to actually plan a scheme. She and I lived alone together many years. She knew if she left a "present" in the house...she would immediately get scolded, and put OUT for the rest of the day. Someone gave me a big, fluffy stuffed kitty that looked exactly like my own cat, which I placed on a chair by the kitchen. Halley hated that "intruder". While I was at the store, Halley left a "present" under the chair on the carpet, directly under the fake cat . When I returned, she hid and watched to see if I'd boot the usurper kitty. First, I scolded the "Fake" cat really loud, and then put her out in the snow. I think squirrels carried off the "fake: cat, because I never saw it again. Halley sat in my lap frequently after that.
- —Guest Suzy
Freebie, queen of the world.
- My cat, Freebie, is a very good alarm clock. Early in the morning she calls memaaaw! At us, her version of hello. She will push open small gaps in the door to get in, climb on the table and eat our dinner, can scent treats from a mile away (she can also knock over highlighters and clothing pegs, sense them under bingo stamps and put her paw in boxes and drag them out too) and she even understand the vast majority of words I say to her. For example, if I say water, she walks over to her bowl.
- —Guest Eva
Obie goes to bed when asked
- Our cat was adopted when he was five months old and was a shelter cat with very little human contact. He is intelligent because if me or my partner say the word "Bed" he will either go straight to his bed or look at us and meow like its not my bed time do I have to go. He does not react to any other word like this. He is one smart cat!
- —Guest Mel
Sophey's Secret Tunnels
- At the age of 16 I found the smartest kitten I'd ever meet. I was staying with a friend in an apartment complex where several stray kittens had been living with their mama. All were very afraid of people.....except one. One night as my friend and I went outside the apartment, I heard a meowing from the bush right below me. Then a tortishell kitten popped out of the bush and looked right up at me. Still, she wouldn't get close to anyone else, not my friend. But she seemed to like me, more like LOVE me. So I took her in. Took her home. I remember the very first night. My mother threw her out. I was devastated. And utterly amazed to find her still in the backyard the next morning (being the first night in a new place with a stranger). From that day forward she was my pal. But the most amazing thing she did regularly was cross the street UNDER the road, through the underground tunnels, and come up on the other side. Never crossed on top of the pavement where cars drove!! Best cat ever!
- —Guest Sarah
Not sure if smart or just a jerk
- My cat is an outdoor cat but mainly spends time with me. He likes to hunt and will wait around in spring/summer nearby neighborhood bird feeders and fountains for rodents or other small creatures. He does not respond to name but will know when I am calling him and will casually show up as long as no one is making eye contact with him. His name is Pepsi but he prefers lil' buddy, both of which he identifies his name too. He paws at the windows in the middle of the night to let him in and is very territorial with other cats in the neighborhood. Probably because he doesnt like the neighbors handouts having competition. He will also wait by water spigots for water to drip and lift my hand with his teeth to guide it over to his food bowl when it is empty. I do not know if he is smart or just very crafty in his ways of getting things.
- —Guest Scary
my kitten batty
- My baby batty is a little mess. When he wants something he will actually come up to you and meow his little heart out.
- —Guest cindy mcbride
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