Filthy owners. Scientists have named the smartest cat breeds in the world
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Most cats with high intelligence do not let go of the owners and need stimulation.
Cats have relatively small brains, but researchers never cease to be amazed at their high emotional intelligence and great adaptability, making them one of the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom.
To date, there is no standardized test to measure intelligence in cats. However, in the new study, scientists focused on such core characteristics as the ability to adapt, the level of curiosity and the need for mental stimulation, as well as sociability with people and other pets and willingness to interact with owners.
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According to Samantha Watson, a researcher at the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals from Cruelty (RSPCA), in reality, measuring the intelligence of cats is quite difficult – each cat has a unique personality, which is shaped both by genetics and by its life history. However, scientists still tried to rank the smartest cats based on the results of a new study.
Representatives of this breed are distinguished by large ears and small paws and are considered one of the smartest cats in the world. the world. These cats are native to Southeast Asia, known for their high level of intelligence and curiosity, but they have a very bad temper.
The researchers note that representatives of this breed need constant mental stimulation, and therefore they should have a wide variety of toys and puzzles so that they have something to do. In addition, the Abyssinian is known for being friendly to children and other pets, including dogs, parrots and ferrets.
In a 2021 study, scientists from the University of Helsinki found that this breed is the least fearful.
This breed has characteristic leopard markings and is regularly cited as one of the smartest breeds in the world. Scientists note that they have a good memory, and therefore are easily able to learn various tricks.
In addition, scientists note that these cats also need mental stimulation, and therefore they should also be provided with various toys and puzzles, with which they could occupy themselves. Note that researchers believe that their sharp mind is due to a kinship with the Asian leopard cat. However, there is no concrete evidence for this.
It is known that some Bengal cats can walk on a leash, like dogs, and are even capable of giving a paw. In general, they are considered one of the most trainable breeds. However, it is worth remembering that if representatives of this breed once become bored, they can become destructive, extremely talkative, or vice versa – they can become depressed.
This breed is also one of the smartest, but unlike the Abyssinians and Bengals, these cats are very sociable – both with other felines and with people.
Researchers note that this breed is distinguished by energy, curiosity and playfulness, they also love intellectual toys, puzzles and are happy to learn a couple of new tricks.
It is also curious that these cats are often called “Velcro” – these animals spend a lot of time with their owners and can even fall into a stressful or aggressive state if left alone for only a few hours.
According to Lynn Lilly, Associate Professor at Ohio State University Medical Center, Burmese cats are very active and are more likely to show interest in prey – meaning jota will become one of their favorite pastimes.
These cute cats with unique folded ears are also one of the smartest breeds. The researchers note that the Scots tend to crave communication with people and need a “challenge”, in the form of puzzles and toys.
Like other breeds of cats, the Scots do not like to be left alone, but scientists also note that representatives of this breed are much less active, and therefore often suffer from excess weight. In addition, it is important to know that the appearance of cats is due to a genetic disease that entails health problems – including defects in cartilage and joints throughout the body, as well as arthritis.
Representatives of this breed are often referred to as “meddlesome” – they are extremely energetic, playful and need the company of people. In addition, scientists warn that representatives of this breed also need mental stimulation, and therefore care should be taken that they have toys and puzzles.
It is curious that, despite their small size, Singapura cats need access to a large open space to stay happy.
Representatives of this breed are known throughout the world for their beauty and are also one of the smartest cats in the world. Like their close relative, the Burmese cat, Siamese can also learn to walk on a leash and follow basic commands.
The researchers note that Siamese cats also need enough toys and puzzles. They also have a strong character and attachment to the owners, and therefore need interactivity. Scientists note that representatives of this breed do not like to stay alone for a long time, they are also very talkative and scream louder than any other talkative breeds.
Representatives of this breed are distinguished by energy and affection, as well as love for toys and puzzles.
Researchers warn that hyperactivity in Angora cats could very well become a problem if owners are not prepared to constantly interact with the animal. In addition, representatives of this breed do not like to stay at home for a long time.
Representatives of this breed are among the first recorded cats in the world and among the most intelligent. They are known to be able to perform simple commands and a number of tricks – for example, Bobtails often bring toys to their owners when they want to play with them.
Researchers also believe that representatives of this breed are able to learn their name and respond to it. Japanese Bobtails are very curious, and therefore need both open and closed space – they like to play and socialize on the street.
By the way, these cats also like to spend time with their owners, and therefore sometimes follow behind them like a shadow.