Cats are certainly intelligent animals if we consider that they have been clever enough to find a (human) species that feeds them, buys large bags of litter and takes care of their well-being. They are also smart enough to be able to survive on their own, whether in the city or in the countryside.
The intelligence tests for animals , like the tests for humans, are not always reliable. For example, a horse will find it easy to jump over an obstacle, while a cat will be more inclined to climb over it or avoid it. Likewise, it is easier for a cat to handle a cord than for a dog or a horse. In short, one should not confuse the address and the intelligence and make sure that the exercises required to test the intelligence respect the aptitudes of the species.
Cat memorization capacity
The 2 ways of learning the cat
First, the path of operant conditioning . It’s quite simple: the cat does what works for him. If an action has had a pleasing consequence in his eyes, it is very likely that he will repeat it in the future and vice versa for an unpleasant consequence. A very common example: the cat meows at your feet to get a piece of fish that you are preparing. If by this action he succeeds in winning a piece, it is very likely that he will meow again the next time he smells a food that interests him!
Second, the path of conditioning conditioning , or classical, also called “de Pavlov”. It is learning by association. An event systematically predicts the arrival of a second and after a few repetitions, it becomes the trigger for behavior that occurs before the second event even occurs. Example: each time you take the bag of kibble, you serve your cat a meal. The latter will quickly learn that the noise of the manipulated bag systematically announces his meal and therefore, will rush to his plate as soon as he hears it, even before being served.