From Puria & Petco:
A cat in the UK made the news for riding the bus on his own. He gets on the same bus, and gets off at the same stop each time. Thus far, he has avoided paying a fare.
Now it’s time to see how smart your cat is! Try these fun feline intelligence tests. That is, if your cat is interested and wishes to participate!
Smart Cat Tests
Test 1: Hide-a-Treat
Place a treat on the floor and cover it with a can or small box, with your cat watching. What does your cat do?
A. Immediately turns the can over to get the treat.
B. Shows an interest in the can, but gives up trying to get the treat.
C. Looks at you with disdain.
D. Ignores the can.
Test 2: Block Me
Set up a barrier with two large heavy objects like boxes or buckets. Place the boxes corner to corner, or the buckets side-by-side, with a two-inch gap between. Place your cat on one side and a treat on the other, out of paw’s reach. What does your cat do?
A. Immediately walks around the barrier and takes the treat.
B. Tries to get the treat with a paw, then walks around to get it.
C. Paws at the treat, then gives up.
D. Begins grooming.
Test 3: Pull It
Tie a string or shoelace around a treat. Hide the treat under the couch, with your cat watching. Encourage your cat to pull the string. If she doesn’t understand, show her how to do it, then put the treat back. What does your cat do?
A. Pulls at the string, snags the treat.
B. Pulls at the string after you’ve shown her a time or two.
C. Takes a while, but eventually figures it out.
D. Meows until you pull it out for her.
Get Your Cat’s Grade
All As – You have a very smart cat who is able to quickly assess a situation and figure out how to get her reward.
More Bs than As – She has to do a bit more thinking, but she’s smart.
Mostly Cs and Ds – Don’t fret—your cat is no dummy, she just didn’t do well on the test. And maybe she didn’t want to!