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Most Intelligent Cat Breeds

Cat intelligence can’t be compared to human intelligence, or to dogs’ intelligence. A cat will be a cat, just as a human will be human and a dog will be a dog! In cats, the measurement is about how far from ‘instinctive’ behaviors the breed is able to go. Things like curiosity, the ability to adapt to new environments, and visible signs of mental stimulation are what sets the brainy puss apart.

These are some of the cleverest:

An adult Abyssinian cat lying down looking out of the window
An Abyssinian cat lying down and being... well... clever!

Confident, with an air of can-do superiority. They enjoy interacting with their owners and seem happiest when mentally stimulated.

2 - Siamese

A Siamese Cat lying down having a deserved rest
A Siamese cat - as clever as Disney portrayed her, but not as malicious!

If you had to vote, the Siamese would come on top as the most intelligent breed of all. They are mischievous – a trait painted in a malicious light in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp – with their inquisitive nature making them explore their surroundings with all the attention of a forensic scientist. Too clever for their own good? Nah! They’re superstars of the cat world!

3 - Bengal

A very clever and sociable Bengal Cat
The very clever and sociable Bengal cat

Sociable, with a great love of human interaction. They are very ‘talkative’ with their insistent meows. They love to jump and climb, exploring their surroundings. They often enjoy water, unlike most breeds, and can learn to play fetch.

4 - Burmese

An intelegent black Burmese cat who loves human interaction
A black Burmese cat, great lover of human interaction

They love human company and attention. They interact well with children and dogs too – friendly dogs soon come to accept them as another dog!

A clever and inquisitive Cornish Rex
Clever and inquisitive: the wonderful Cornish Rex

Another highly inquisitive breed, keen to explore every inch of their home. They enjoy playing with toys and will pester you for attention and participation in their games.

6 - Savannah

A highly active and intelligent Savannah Cat
The highly intelligent and restless Savannah cat

Highly active, with a love of play and the great outdoors. Walks on a leash help to keep them mentally stimulated. Their need for stimulation makes them more demanding than most breeds.

A Scottish Fold Cat who thrives off attention
A Scottish Fold cat - she wants your company!

Enjoys teaser toys and puzzle toys that test their mental capacity. They enjoy interacting with their owners and thrive on attention. Easily bored, so you will need to spend a lot of time with them.

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Angela, 14 January 2023

So I adopted a four month old main coon mix he doesn't look much like coon but his size is telling .. anyway he's the smartest cwt I've ever had hes tabby .. he talks tells me off knows no immediately knows jump up knows play time knows eat drink pillow stop soft paws ect .. he's a brilliant little boy I get the feeling tabby has more to do with it than his breeds I just do.. he's vocal but not overly so .. he's loving yet independent I adore him

Donna, 27 December 2021

Before I even opened the link, when I saw the header "Most Intelligent Cat Breeds" I knew that my adopted Abby was included. And I wasn't THAT surprised to see her at the top of the list. I lovingly remember our time together years ago.

Majeed, 13 September 2020

I love Adopting cat so lam looking for one more smart and adaptable when we return to our house at Arizona end this year with my wife only . I am excited to these amazing cats . Thank you

Buddha, 14 May 2020

I have had several breeds in my life. My Russian Blues are always extremely intelligent. Russian Blues should be on the list. My current Blue is amazing. He comes when called. Sits on command. Fetches on command. Has a really broad range of purrs, chirps, bird like noises, meows, yowls, which map to what he wants or what he is doing. Super cuddly but also very independent. He is incredibly good at interpreting what I want. He can open cabinets and door with level handles. He is also supremely confident with everyone, cats, people, dogs, and he is not afraid of anything. He also walks on a leash. I can actually vacuum him if I wanted. All my current cats are really stable but he just stands out in terms of intelligence.

Cerrah, 6 May 2020

these cats to me are really smart but i thinkthe tabby should be 3rd.