Cat IQ, or do they know it's your feet?
Cat's IQ or, do they know it's your feet under the covers?
This question came to me last night. Our new adoptee Bobby has settled into "home" life pretty well, and he sleeps on the bed most nights. I had just a thin duvet over me but I got up to use the bathroom and it had turned cooler (yes, even Houston has cool nights! ha ha), so I flipped a blanked over me.
Bobby had been sleeping on a little towel at the foot of the bed, but now he saw my feet under the blanket and went over, poked at them and jumped them, thankfully his claws didn't go thru the blanket, but he did keep me awake for a while, and eventually I had to shoo him away.
So I'm wondering, generally, about cat IQ and things they understand and things they don't.
One thing for certain, cats think totally different from us. Their brains simply work on a different "frequency" and you can watch them thinking about stuff, like the doorknob and the TV and birds outside.
Incidentally, I discovered the difference between cats and dogs (joke): Dogs think they're people. Cats on the other hand know they're cats, but they think we're cats too, only a particularly dense and clumsy variety.
Back to the cats... each cat is also different. My blessed Vanilla (RB) was a genius cat, so was my other buddy Dupree (RB). Now my current buddy "RJ", a giant (eighteen pound) orange fuzzball is, oh, about average on the IQ ladder, and so is Bobby, I think. There was a distinct difference between how Vanilla or Dupree could figure out stuff opposed to RJ or Bobby. It just takes longer and there are things that Vanilla or Dupree could understand that RJ and Bobby just can't. Doesn't mean that I don't love them, of course.
Anyway... I'm not quite sure whether Bobby knew that he was attacking my feet beneath the blanket, or if he thought it was an alien animal.
What's your opinion of cat IQ? Do they always "know" it's your feet, or not?
Last edited by katdad; 04-06-2014 at 02:03 PM.