That said, much like people, some cats are smarter than others. Here are six of the most intelligent cat breeds, according to Purina’s . Other resources feature additional breeds, but these six managed to make multiple experts’ lists.
The Bengal cat came to be after an Asian Leopard cat was bred with domestic cats in 1963. Its exotic, leopard-like spots make the Bengal one of the most popular breeds today, but owners must be prepared for more than good looks with this cat. Bengals are high-energy, athletic cats. Much like the Abyssinian, they are great jumpers and like to follow you around and investigate whatever it is you’re working on. Bengals love getting into things when they’re bored, and will even take things apart to see how they work, so don’t leave them alone for too long. Bengals have also been known to have secret hiding places–you might just lift the couch one day and find a pile of kitty collectibles!
You guessed it–Scottish folds are from Scotland. They are social and like to follow their owners around, and when they’re not actively entertaining you, you can expect to get a good laugh from their odd resting positions, one of which has been coined “the Buddha.” Scottish Folds are known to open cabinets in hopes of finding something to play with, or better yet, something to snack on. Like the Burmese, Scottish Folds do well with food puzzles.
The Singapura’s origins are up for debate. Some say they’re from the U.S., and others insist they’re from Singapore. They are thought to be a mix of the Burmese and the Abyssinian, so it’s no wonder they’re regarded as one of the smartest breeds. They’re also one of the smallest, weighing just four to seven pounds as adults. Singapuras are vocal busybodies, and live by the phrase “what’s yours is mine.” They will consider all your belongings theirs to play with, and if you tell them “no” now, they’ll probably come back later.
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