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What is the breed of your cat and how smart is it?

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optimistikcolouristik Wed 15-Oct-14 21:37:34

Along time ago my parents had a cat (probably tabby) and we could play Hide and Seek. We are thinking of getting a cat in the future, may be in a year time or later. So please tell me about your cats. The reason why I am asking is because tabby breed is not amongst the 10 smartest cats in the world but for us he was quite smart. So I wonder whether the cats in the link are really that smart. I guess they are also very pricey.

CatKisser Wed 15-Oct-14 21:40:15

One of mine is a moggie from a feral litter. She's about 5 months old and will fetch things you throw, jump onto your knee and drop them for you to throw again.
For me, she's the cleverest cat in the world! grin

GerundTheBehemoth Wed 15-Oct-14 21:41:44

Tabby is a coat pattern, rather than a breed. Many pedigree breeds can show a tabby pattern (and in fact every cat has a tabby pattern genetically, it's just that it's sometimes masked by other coat colour genes).

TheSpottedZebra Wed 15-Oct-14 21:42:26

Well that's a site for breeders/about breeds, so they're not going to feature anything as downmarket as a mog, stripey or not!

I have brothers -both mugs - one ginger and one tuxedo. The former is a genius, who would be terrifying if he did not use his powers for hiding in beds and following his humans about. The latter is thick as mince.

Just get a nice cat, one that needs a good home and is well socialised, and you will find some nice games to play with it.

girliefriend Wed 15-Oct-14 21:45:49

Go to a local rescue centre and pick one that the staff refer to as a 'character' you won't be disappointed.

I have two mogs, they both have me sussed, are great at playing games and generally provide hours of entertainment.

butterfliesinmytummy Wed 15-Oct-14 21:48:32

I had an orange moggie from a cat shelter. Took him 4 weeks to learn how to use a human toilet instead of a litter tray. Super smart cat.... Not great at flushing or bleach wipes though....

optimistikcolouristik Wed 15-Oct-14 21:59:12

Gerund, sorry, I know very little about cat breeds. Our cat looked similar to this one Not a Norweagian Forest one as that one is long-haired.

tomatoplantproject Wed 15-Oct-14 22:03:37

I have a white cat with tabby splodges. He is stupid. But the most affectionate cat I have ever come across and follows me around like a loyal dog wanting a fuss. And he also just takes the abuse dolled out by my toddler including being dragged around by his tail without any retaliation - which is why he is stupid.

stealthsquiggle Wed 15-Oct-14 22:09:26

Moggies have huge variation in intelligence and character. We currently have one (tortoiseshell) very clever girl and one (tabby and white) thick as 2 short planks boy.

My childhood tabby and white cat was very clever and so was his black and white sister - but their mum was an Abyssinian who was so clever that she avoided silly human breeding plans and got out to choose her own partner (s)

We have korats and they're highly sociable, fetch and have a number of tricks that they have mainly taught themselves. When I say sociable, I really mean that they absolutely have to be doing what we are doing. They can be quite full on.

PureMorning Wed 15-Oct-14 22:25:32

Bog standard moggy. Thick as mince.

She is extremely friendly and fun though

optimistikcolouristik Wed 15-Oct-14 23:01:02

Funny expression for a cat, "thick as mince". smile))
My friends have a couple of Persian. They are very docile.

DramaAlpaca Wed 15-Oct-14 23:05:03

We have two lovely moggies, neither of whom are very bright, but they are absolute masters at getting us to do what they want smile.

The ginger one used to play fetch with us when he was a kitten, but grew out of it at around 6 months.

MadeinSouthWest Wed 15-Oct-14 23:07:59

One of my current cats is the smartest I have ever had. She has a feral heritage and was hand reared from birth.

HowsTheSerenity Wed 15-Oct-14 23:09:37

Breena is a cat. Just a plain domestic black and white short hair. She is very smooth brained. Shares the brain with one of the pugs we think.

Dorcas, on the other hand, is a oriental cross. She is our gifted and talented cat. Comes when called, understands a variety of words, is clicker trained for small dog agility courses (I was bored) and could be trained for tricks but I'm too lazy.

namioexchangio Wed 15-Oct-14 23:10:26

I always thought ginger cats were supposed to be clever. We have Burmese cats who are adorably affectionate and relaxed, but very very stupid.

MartyrStewart Wed 15-Oct-14 23:13:05

My current kitty is pretty smart and her mum was feral. She was abandoned at two weeks old as the runt of the litter. She was rescued then got cat flu, wasn't expected to survive but did.

Saying that, she managed to disembowel herself a couple of years ago, costing us £££, so maybe there is no correlation between clever and common sense.

MrsVamos Wed 15-Oct-14 23:14:10


Thicker than cold, lumpy custard. grin

500smiles Wed 15-Oct-14 23:16:38

Our b&w moggy is Mensa standard. Her Persian predecessor was the Tim nice but dim of the cat world.

girliefriend Thu 16-Oct-14 09:28:26

Sorry but just grin at 'ginger cats are meant to be clever' my brother has a fat large ginger cat (think Garfield) who is by far the thickest cat I have ever met and I have met some proper thicko cats in my time grin

I think there is probably no way of guaranteeing a G&T cat when you get one, posh puss or not, you take your chances. as long as you can offer a cat a loving home it doesn't really matter.

Tadpoletoatoad Thu 16-Oct-14 09:35:38

We've had Bengals which are very clever (almost too clever as could break into cupboards for food etc). We now have Burmese which can be cunning but ours are old now and very lazy! The article doesn't mention Siamese but they are very clever as well. We used to have one that could let itself in to the neighbours house to eat their goldfish - oops!
A friend has Sphynx and Rex and I wouldn't have said they were particularly switched on! Very loving though.
All if the breeds i have mentioned are quite demanding and not the same as a normal moggy (which we have also).
Think I've now made myself sound like the mad cat lady!

ProfYaffle Thu 16-Oct-14 09:39:09

Interesting MrsV, we have a ragdoll, he's immensely confident but thick as anything. It's an alarming combination which gets him mixed up in all sorts and unable to extricate himself.

PenelopeGarciasCrazyHair Thu 16-Oct-14 09:42:41

I have a Bengal (inherited, didn't buy him! £££) and he is clever in some ways - he's a big climber and he can get his food pouches out of a closed box and tear them open when he's hungry all the time

He is very affectionate and chatty and probably could be trained if he could stop chasing his own tail long enough to pay attention. He's very funny but he also has a little bit of a temper and sharpens his claws with his teeth so they are razor sharp.

WestEast Thu 16-Oct-14 09:47:50

Our moggy kitten loves a game of hide and hunt, as wel call it. My DP loves it a bit too much and will happily spend hours hiding round the flat grin

Lifesalemon Thu 16-Oct-14 09:51:13

Tabby and white moggy here. He's fat quite large and loveable but a little bit thick.

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