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By Langley Cornwell
Well, the cats caught wind of the article I wrote titled “What’s the Smartest Thing your Dog has ever Done?” and demanded equal time. I should have known; cats have been bossing me around for years now! They kept pointing to Julia’s article: Are Cats Smart? Smarter Than Dogs Even? as evidence that yes indeed, they are very smart and I should write about it.
As instructed, I posed this question to my animal-loving friends: What’s the smartest thing your cat has ever done? I received lots of fun answers.
Many cats have learned how to manage without opposable thumbs. Chris once had a Persian cat who would turn door knobs with her paws so she could go outside. Dana’s cat could open door knobs and pull the door open towards him. And Priscilla’s cat Peppy opens the kitchen cabinet by using his front paws and pulling the door open in order to help himself to his own food.
Juniper’s cat loved attention and knew how to get it. He would pet himself to show that he wanted someone to pet him. He would rub one paw on top of his head while meowing frantically until someone would understand what he was “saying” and would pet him. If he did it for a while and the person still didn't pet him, he would start petting them by repeatedly stroking their thigh with his paw. That’s pretty impressive language for a cat!
My friend Charles and his wife have three indoor cats, Maggie, Sally and Daisy, as well as two outdoor boys, Spinner and Webster. Two of the girl cats have learned how to team up to pilfer food. Maggie, an eight pound shorthair tuxedo, throws herself incessantly at the door handle until she is able to hang on to it just long enough to cause the door to open. Daisy, a big 17 pounder, then goes to work on the FELIDAE bag. Whether it takes 30 minutes or several hours, Daisy gnaws away at the bag until she is able to tear open a hole in the side big enough to let the kibble cascade onto the floor. They then feast until their humans catch them, at which point they scatter like the wind.
Joyce and her family live in the country and have always had indoor-outdoor cats. One of their cats, Iris, would always look both ways before crossing the road. She also, every day to the minute, would walk the 1/8 of a mile to greet Joyce’s daughter at her bus stop after school. Iris was a stray and never meowed. But after she lived with them for a few years, she meowed loudly to let them know their daughter had been stung by bees. “She was the smartest cat we’ve ever lived with,” said Joyce.
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Nora’s kitty brought her a snake and when she screamed, he backed out the cat door with the snake in his mouth. I’m not that lucky. My cat brings me gifts often but if he gets in the house with them, he deposits them on the floor and doesn’t take them back outside for me.
Laurie makes a great point. She says all of her six pets are smart. They were ALL smart enough to get themselves rescued and living indoors in a loving home!
So tell us, what’s the smartest thing your cat has ever done?
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