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The Top 10 Smartest Cat Breeds In The World • Viva Cat Cat
(Picture Credit: Jittarin Luangjai / EyeEm/Getty Images) Cats are good at figuring things out for themselves, especially the cats on this list of the smartest cat breeds in the world! Cats are naturally curious, great explorers, and good at making a toy out of anything. It’s not unusual for a cat to have more fun with the packaging that their toys came in than the actual toys. 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Cats are able to entertain themselves, and they’re great at finding out how to get to new places. If you’re not careful, your cat might outsmart you sometimes. Here are some of the smartest cat breeds in the world. 1. Abyssinian Cat (Picture Credit: Mariana Mikhailova/Getty Images) If the best way to learn is to play, Abyssinians are some of the best learners around. They’re one of the breeds that can actually learn to play fetch with small objects and will love doing it. The Aby, as the breed is affectionately called, is great at jumping and climbing. If you don’t have a ceiling-high cat tree, Abyssinian Cats will make one for themselves out of your bookcase, curtain, or anything else they can scale to the heavens. Abyssinians are also curious, and if anything has your attention, they might try to take it and investigate, which earns them the nickname “Aby-grabbys.” They love to be the center of attention and require constant stimulation. So if you’re the kind of person who is at work or school all day, the Abyssinian Cat may need a companion. The Abyssinian’s intelligence was even mentioned in an episode of The Simpsons when Chief Wiggum says, “I’m at least as smart as a cat, right Lou?” Lou responds, “What breed, Chief? I mean, I saw an Abyssinian once who could change channels.” Considering how Abyssinians are one of the brainiest cat breeds in the world, it wouldn’t be surprising if some were able to change the channels on a television. 2. Turkish Van Cat (Picture Credit: cinetrem/Getty Images) Like the Abyssinian, the Turkish Van loves to climb, but they aren’t very graceful. They’re big and clumsy by cat standards and tend to knock things over, sometimes on purpose just to see what happens. The Turkish Van can also learn to fetch and do tricks, and they have a love of water. Combined with their tendency to fall over, this makes the toilet a dangerous place for the Turkish Van to be hanging around. But they are smart enough to turn on faucets so they can drink or play in the water. This is a breed that exists in nature near Lake Van in Turkey, where the Turkish Van gets its name from. That means they are more than able to figure things out themselves, and they don’t like to be held. If you’re wondering what mood they’re in, the Turkish Van’s nose acts like a mood ring and turns red when they are upset. Best to let them explore on their own and give them toys that let them simulate pouncing on prey. The Turkish Van is mythologized as being a ratter on Noah’s Ark from the Biblical story of the worldwide flood. Having a love of water would make the Turkish Van a great candidate for surviving a flood, and their intelligence would make them excellent at keeping a big boat free of rodent stowaways. 3. Scottish Fold Cat (Picture Credit: Tetiana_Chudovska/Getty Images) The flopped-over ears that give the Scottish Fold cats their name aren’t the only things that make this cat easily recognizable. You’ve also probably seen plenty of pictures of Scottish Fold Cats on the internet with adorably expressive faces and their peculiar tendency to sit in odd positions, sometimes very much like a human. Maybe that’s because Scottish Folds want to blend in with humans, as they love being around people and doing stuff with them. Scottish Fold cats will join you to watch movies or television and will pay attention to what’s on the screen. Scottish Fold cats love to learn tricks, and they will expect you to play with them at length. Because of their need to be with human companions, it’s not best to leave them alone for too long. Scottish Folds prefer toys that keep them agile or puzzle toys that test their intelligence. The Scottish Fold has gained some fame in the past few years thanks to Maru, a viral YouTube sensation, with adorable videos of his penchant for trying to fit into any size of box. Maru the Scottish Fold cat’s combined videos have over 200 million views, and the internet loves his attempts to make a bed out of smaller and smaller boxes. 4. Siamese Cat (Picture Credit: Flutter_97321/Getty Images) These cats of Lady and the Tramp fame love to talk. Siamese cats are loud, and they’re happiest when you chat with them. The Siamese is glad to follow you around and watch what you’re up to with an inquisitive eye, all the while being social and talkative. Being smart, Siamese cats get bored if their brains aren’t stimulated. So they should always be left with something to keep them busy. Puzzle toys will keep Siamese cats from making their own entertainment, which is a bad thing if you want to keep your tissue box or toilet paper roll intact. Siamese cats will let you know if they are bored or unhappy, and if you want to keep your sanity, you’d better give them...