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When Cats Are Too Smart

May 25, 2021

According to researchers at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, the physical structure of the brains of humans and cats is very similar. Generally, most agree that cats are intelligent and capable of learning new behavior. But what about when cats are too smart?

Take the cat in the above photo. Jessie was her name. She learned about every trick in the book and then some. But never trust a cat that can change the TV channel to a bird show! Jessie also knew how to turn a fresh-baked pie upside down on the floor and then eat the whole damn thing with her cohort, our dog Smokey. They were like the Poncho and Lefty of our kitchen for years.

As a general observer of the human condition, I firmly believe that no mere mammal should be smarter than human beings. That said, I have had my beliefs turned upside down like those blackberry pies so very many times. After we moved to Italy, we soon found a quintet of feral cats at our door every morning. Feeling sorry for them, we fed them (first mistake) and gradually agreed they could eat in our kitchen. After all, what could go wrong with inviting forest cats into your house in a foreign country? Then came a hot summer morning when my wife left the front door open for some air. She turned her back on the door for a mere minute and found the band of cats jumping up and down on our guest bed like the Jackson Five. How did they get in so quickly and with such a plan? They finally moon-walked their way out after I started yelling.

What do you do when cats are too smart? You try to get smarter than them in a hurry, usually only to find that Einstein’s time-space relativity thing just doesn’t apply to cats. Cats may have brains that are similar in structure to ours but those brains certainly are smaller, or are they? Being played and outwitted by pea brained mammals is not what I set out to do in life but it seems to be a recurring theme throughout my years. I’m sure there is a feline chorus that would agree.

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  1. Maybe cats appear smarter because they don’t have as much ego involved…

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  2. So funny. Outwit by a cat. 🙂

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  3. One time when I had both a cat and a dog, I made a roast chicken and left it on the table to cool. The cat got up on the table and knocked the chicken onto the floor. The dog got so excited she peed on the floor.

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  4. My cat … what can I say? LOL.

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