is there some cat who is smart enough?
January 17, 2007 1:35am CST
26 Jan 07
hi there all animals got their skills,some other knows others not.ometimes environmentaly cats can survive.. they can be smart if someone will teach them train them sa dogs right? big cats got a nice thinking for survival,in jungles.and as far as i know the king of the jungle is in the species of cats. the lion
• United States
23 Jan 07
Hi there...Intelligence is a relative term to the speices of the animal as ALL animals have the capacity to learn. Two primary factors will influence accuracy in the interpretation of any test for animal intelligence--an understanding of the animal's history and an understanding of the limits of the test. An animal will naturally show an aptitude for a concept it needs or uses regularly in the wild. Cats regardless of breed are very trainable and both my cats not only understand obedience commands (come, sit, down, etc) but are also toilet trained, can flush the toilet, go to wherever I point, follow a target anywhere, jump through hoops, roll over, fetch, take apart a 3-D layered puzzle, wave, give high-five, raise a paw to ask a question, fetch, do agility (like dogs), walk on leash and so much more. They understand both visual and verbal cues/signals as well as learn most new behaviours (aka tricks) quite quickly within a matter of days. Training is conducted using operant conditioning techniques through positive reinforcement just as with canines. Training doesn't involve coersive/molding rather having the animal rewarded for behaviours desired and ignoring those that are undesired which then extinguishes itself over time. This is the key technique to train animal animal including goldfish. Yes! You read this correctly...even small fish can be trained to learn new behaviours too. See videos for goldfish going through hoops and some other amazing behaviours: http://www.fish-school.com/gallery.htm