Posted By Ann

    Do you think cats are brainy? I do, probably the fact that my cats so often outsmart me makes me  feel they must be very bright indeed.
    Real intelligence I think is shown in the ability to recognise a problem and work out how to solve it.
    I recently saw Lily (cover girl on my book THE POWER OF THE CAT) do just that. I have a walk-in pantry with a sliding door, in the nine years I have lived in this house this has proved no barrier to my cats who quickly sussed out how to open the door so I keep a doorstop handy and wedge it under the door. This effectively  stops it being opened by cat paws or human hands.
     Then one day I found the door open and Lily rummaging among the contents of the flip top rubbish bin, which, of course, she knew how to open. I assumed I had forgotten to put the doorstop in place.
     This was not the first time I had found Lily in the pantry and each time I assumed it was my negligence. I paid particular attention to pushing the doorstop in; I wedged it tight so that  I couldn't open the door myself without moving it. Satisfied I had dealt with the problem I resumed my interrupted chores. Within minutes I heard knocking noises.  Lily, was working at the doorstop with both paws moving it. She then turned her attention to the other end of door, inserted her claws neatly  in the tiny chink, a quick flip and the door was open.   Even though I am well aware that she  is one smart cookie who often seems dedicated to outsmarting me,  I was amazed, she knew the doorstop was the thing that stopped the door opening, even though it was the width of the door from the opening, and understood the first essential was to move it.
    She had identified the problem, worked out how to deal with it and had the physical dexterity in her paws to achieve this. That's what I call brains.


If you have a story that shows how your cat solved a problem share it by putting it on the blog as a comment. Include your name and postal address and we will send a copy of THE POWER OF THE CAT to any we feel demonstrate how truly smart cats are.

5 Comment(s):
Lyn said...
Thank you, Ann! :)
July 17, 2012 9:26 AM
Ann Walker said...
I agree Leonie - a smart often it is we humans who are not so smart. Send name and address and get a copy of THE POWER OF THE CAT.
July 16, 2012 7:56 PM
leonie said...
My sister-in-laws cat kept talking to her, disappearing for a moment before returning to talk some more. My s.i.l. couldn't understands the cat so the next time she disappeared, followed her. The cat made its way to the window and lay down, turnint it's head ro s.i.l. and making more talking sounds. Suddenly the penny dropped and s.i.l. realised her cat was in its favourite place before the window, BUT there was no sun pouring in and she was asking s.i.l. to please turn on the warm sunshine!!
July 11, 2012 12:14 AM
Ann Walker said...
Thank you Lyn for sharing this lovely story about a wonderful cat. It shows not only great intelligence and understanding but great love too. I am afraid Lily tends to use her brain to outwit me! A copy of THE POWER OF THE CAT is on its way to you. Come on cat-lovers share your stories about YOUR super cat.
July 5, 2012 3:04 PM
Lyn said...
Ann, so good to see the revival of your blog. Yes, your Lily is indeed proof of a keen intelligence at work! I was reminded of my much loved cat, Jonahpuss, who had the intelligence to climb up a tree beside the busy main road after she'd walked beside me the half mile to the high street in town on shopping trips. She knew roads were not safe and so avoided having to negotiate traffic on the busy crossing. She would wait up the tree until I returned, jump back down and follow me all the way home. Not a 'one-off', she did this many times and seemed to relish her trips into town and back so much she wouldn't let me leave without her. She also had a wonderful sense of fun and loved to chase me in the garden playing tiggy and games of hide and seek around the house. When she'd caught, or found, me she'd dance around on her hind legs in excitement pawing the air! How I loved, and still miss, that extraordinary little black cat.
July 5, 2012 12:22 PM
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