Well, of course we are.
Cats are Smarter than Dogs
Humans always talk about how smart dogs are. That’s because dogs are dumb enough to take the humans’ tests. We cats have better things to do with our time.
Our brain structure and folding (that thing that make brains look lumpy) is 90% similar to the humans. We’re not really sure we agree that thinking like humans makes us smart, but they do. We have 300 million neurons (nerve cells) in the part of the brain that controls thinking and decision-making (the cerebral cortex). Dogs only have 160 million neurons. Cats rule.
We Learn the Same Way Humans Do
Cats have what they call procedural learning. We watch and then we do it ourselves. That’s why we can open doors, ring bells, and turning on lights. Generally, we don’t turn lights out (that’s left to our human minions).
We also have what is called object permanence recognition. Just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean we don’t know it’s there. That’s why it’s a really bad idea for humans to hide our treats. We know they’re somewhere, and we will find them.
We totally rock at taking new information and applying it to what we already know. Then we can use what we have learned in new situations. We are extremely intelligent kitties.
We are Smarter than Your Human Baby
We can eat our food by ourselves within a few weeks of being born. Your baby needs to be fed for an extended period of time.
There is no question that we are cleaner than your baby. Your baby doesn’t care what they look like or what they are covered in. We wouldn’t dream of going out without being fully groomed. And we bathe ourselves.
We are capable of catching our own food. When was the last time you saw a human baby catch a mouse for dinner?
We Train our Humans, They Don’t Train Us
We do what we want to do, when we want to do it. We have our humans trained to feed us, cuddle us, and clean up after us. They play when we want to. A few purrs and cute looks, and they are wrapped around our paws.
So stand tall, fellow cats. We are the superior beings.
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23 thoughts on “Stupid Question: Are Cats Smart?”
Oh yes, every word is so true in this post!!!
a cat in faraway Finland.
We thought it went without saying, but someone asked the question
What truth! What perspicacity! (like that)? What acumen. See…I am demonstrating how smart we are too!
Brilliant loved the blog and the photos had a good laugh.x😻💜🐾
I think stealing the couch or chair to prevent me from sitting down is the most common behavior. They always know five minutes in advance where I want to sit. 😺
It’s one of our most prized talents
So funny and just what I’ve always thought! Cats have to be smart enough to see the human potential to be cat attendants. Otherwise they never would have bothered with us!
I have known cats are smart for a long time. In fact, when Chris was young, every time I would figure out how to get Chris to stop doing a bad behavior, he would figure out a countermeasure. Eventually, I gave up because he was just smarter than me.
Scary isn’t it? A friend squirted his cat with water to discourage him from joining the guy in the bathroom. The cat was not amused. The next time the guy fed him, the cat ate the food, sat in front of the guy and vomited the food into three piles.
That sounds like retribution to me.
OF CURSE CATS ARE SMART? WHO SAID THEY WEREN’T?
Our human brother’s girlfriend said that her dogs were smarter. Can you believe it??
Oh, Yeah! Cats rule!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s so true, we cats are smarter than anything or anyone and if not, we always have 9 lives, who can ever surpass that😸Great post! Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday🐾😽💞
Yhank you! You make a lot of sense
You don’t need to convince me. I know cats are the smartest. And the best creatures on earth. 🙂
We love you, Ms Ellen. Purrs Snoops and Kommando Kitty
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Thanks! Take care of yourselves. Purrs Snoops and Kommando Kitty
pea ess…..conga rats on hittin de 1000 !!! 🙂 ♥♥