People say animals are very intelligent and tend to understand a lot of human actions. They are more observant than we may realise. The topic of pet intelligence is a constant source of debate and while cats have long been believed to be fairly smart, it is just recently that scientists are beginning to fully understand their learning capability. They were actually a mystery to unfold for the longest time.
Here are some of the most astonishing reasons why cats’ ability to comprehend and display emotional intelligence might be so high:
Experiments indicate that a cat can recall information for as long as ten years! They have better muscle memory than visual memory. Cats have both long term and short term memory.
Humans would DIE to have a memory like that.
2- NAME RECOGNITION
Cats can actually learn to recognise their own names. They can differentiate between numbers and have sharp direction skills as well.
3- JOIN NOSES TO GREET THEIR OWN KIND
Just like humans shake hands to greet, cats actually join noses to greet one another!
4- NIGHT VISION
Their superior night vision allows them to better capture motion in the dark. Cats also have better peripheral vision.
Pictures above and below show a cat’s vision versus a human’s vision of the same sight.
5- LIMITED COLOUR VISION
They have such limited and blurred colour vision that they can’t see colours like red, blue or green properly which helps them to focus on one object while they hunt for food.
6- UNIQUE PATTERN
The ridged pattern on cat’s nose is as unique as a human fingerprint.
Cats sleep so much that, by the time a cat is 9 years old, it will only have been awake for three years of its life.
8- CHANGING TONE OF VOICE
Cats’ natural vocal range would be inaudible to humans, but they communicate feelings such as affection and hunger within the range of human hearing.
We’d be surprised to know that cat intelligence is underestimated. These animals are more independent, rather than truly social and have little or no need to co-operate. The anatomy of a cat brain is 90% similar to a human brain. The senses of a cat is more developed than dogs. They can be trained very easily because if they are in a new situation, they are able to observe what happens very quickly.
Huffington Post says, “dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you.” This quote can show us that maybe cats are the smarter ones out of any of the domestic animals!