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Britain’s Cleverest Cats

Since the book titled ‘Test Your Cat: The Cat I.Q Test’ by E.M Bard became a bestseller on Amazon many cat owners have been eager to find out how intelligent their cat as are. Below are four examples of intelligent cats.

Pinky can open a can of treats

Carol Hack and her husband Dave live in Middleton, Cumbria with their moggie named Pinky. According to Carol, just a few weeks after receiving Pinky; two years ago, when she was just a kitten she realized that Pinky was unique. Carol has owned Somali cats for about 15 years and at one time she had eight of them simultaneously and so far she says Pinky is the smartest of them all.

Pinky uses her intelligence to get treats for herself. According to Carol, the first time she realized this was at night and the cat had managed to climb onto a 5ft high cabinet to get a can that contained treats. Upon reaching the can, the cat used its nose to pop open the lid.

Carol then decided to place some boxes on the can to see what would happen. Upon realizing there were boxes on the can, Pinky seemed to be thinking of how to go about the new challenge. After a few moments, she used her paws and nose to push the boxes aside then proceeded to pop open the can lid with her nose.

Carol then decided to get a new container which had a seal around the neck. This time around Pinky knocked over the can then used her nose and paws to knock it against the wall until the can opened. Carol has attested to carrying out some tests from the book by E.M. Bard titled ‘Test Your Cat: The Cat I.Q Test’ and Pinky passed with flying colours.

Honey plays hide and seek

Another unusual cat is Honey, who lives with Sophie Fletcher, her husband Mike and their two children Gabriel, 9, and Oliver, 7. Honey is Maine Coon, which is a breed known for being friendly as well as curious.

According to Sophie, Honey seems has always seemed intelligent, and she favour her right paw; a sign that she is aware of her body. Honey also likes to ‘miaow’ along when music is playing as well as pouncing on anything that moves. Sophie also says Honey likes playing games. The first game they played was ‘fetch’, however, the game somehow evolved into ‘hide and seek’.

When someone hides or conceals themselves behind a door, curtain or under the bed then call out “Honey…hide and seek!” the cat instantly understands the game is on. Honey then proceeds to search every room in the house to find them. Once she finds them, she pauses for a moment before jumping in the air and running off to find her hiding spot for the second leg of the game.

As a result, Gabriel and Oliver’s friends are impressed by Honey to the point they realize they have never met such a cat before.

Kuffa knows how to knock on a door

Hayley Toyne and her husband Andy live in Lincoln with their two daughters Poppy and Scarlet as well as their 10-year-old moggie Kuffa. According to Hayley, Kuffa has to be fed on the porch because their dog, Eddie has a tendency of stealing her food. The moment Kuffa is done feeding she knocks on the door almost as well as human. She does so by standing on her hind legs and using the metallic-door-knocker to indicate she wants to come back inside.

Hayley says when there are visitors over, she asks them to open the door and to their surprise they find Kuffa standing there. Kuffa is also time conscious. She knows she is fed three times a day at 8:00 am, 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm. When Hayley gets up at feeding times, the cat follows her expectantly into the kitchen. However, if the time isn’t a feeding time the Kuffa barely moves a muscle.

Milly Moos does schools runs every day

Victoria Dutton and her husband Simon live in Sandy, Bedfordshire, with their two children William and Amber as well as a tortoiseshell and Persian cat crossbreed moggie named Milly Moos.

Milly is eight years old and according to Victoria, the cat used to keep herself until the moment Victoria was pregnant with William. During the time, the cat used to sleep net to her with her paws on her baby bump. When William was born the cat became more attached to him as she would sneak in his Moses-basket and nap next to him.

On Williams first day of school, Milly was intently watching him as he got prepared. As Victoria and William left for school, Milly followed them for half a mile to William’s new school. According to Victoria, Milly had never followed them before anywhere.

Thinking it was a one-time occurrence when it was time to pick William from school at midday, Milly followed Victoria all the way to school. Since then; eighteen months ago, the cat has made went to and from the school run every single day without missing.

Meet the cat enthusiast with over 1,000 cats!

Lynea Lattanzio sold her car and her wedding ring to look after feral cats, of which she has a thousand of them. Currently she is living in a trailer on the grounds of her property simply to lend her cats some more space- the five bedroom house she owns is actually for the cats to roam about. She has got a six acre property and a 4200 square foot house to allow those cats to run freely. The Cat house on the Kings, which she calls it now, is one of the California’s largest no-cage and no-kill sanctuary for the abandoned, untamed and homeless cats.

She started the process of fostering cats back in 1992 and had 96 six cats by the end of the same year. Her love and care for those cats helped her re-home and resettle all of them successfully. After her decision to continue to foster cats and look after them, she went a step ahead and became a veterinary technician herself, which not only helped her to look after them in a more befitting manner but also reduced the medical cost for the treatment of the cats. The number of fostered cats kept growing as her fascination with them was multiplied over some period of time. She is sixty seven years old now and has lived with over 28, 000 cats over the period of 24 years and happily calls herself the most eccentric cat-lady that has ever existed.

When she bought that 4200 square foot house a few years back she was single and had no kids, but, perhaps, she knew the way she was going to use the house: to turn it into a heaven for abandoned, stray cats. When she started taking in cats, her intention, she said, was not to take more than a thousand cats in her home, but with the passage of times things happened and she just kept on stretching the limit and the number is well over a thousand now. And even in her trailer, which she swore will not have any cats, there are 20 kittens and four puppies now. Her justification for altering and, according to her, improving her decision was: “You can take the woman out of the shelter but you can’t take the shelter out of the woman.”

Well, it took Lynea some great sacrifice and passion to turn her home into a cat-sanctuary. When she started the process of transformation she had barely any external financial aid, and in times of crisis, had to sell her car and wedding ring as well. For nearly seven years she kept the endeavor alive by selling out such precious things, whenever needed. Now, Lynea and her team of volunteers she deservedly attracted, take care of 800 adult cats and 300 small kittens. Not only the cats get food and shelter, they are also provided with medical care in case of serious illness. The sanctuary has got an ICU of itself and there is a vet who makes weekly visits and examines the cats for any signs of illness etc.

Her love for cats however, does not make her too possessive about them, she has launched an adoption procedure for those cats and does not intend to keep them in the sanctuary forever. At the moment she has got 500 cats which are prepared and ready for adoption and anyone who is interested in adopting them can go Lynea’s website and fill the form for adoption. She says that she loves cats because they are beautiful and graceful but she does not want to keep them bound to her sanctuary. The only purpose of her sanctuary is to take care of those cats which are left unattended and homeless and help them resettle. Whoever thinks they can adopt some cats has to follow a simple procedure of adoption in order to own one of these cats