Inside the cat brain
Is your cat able to recognize and respond to his or her name? Can you tell the difference between your voice and someone else’s? Find a toy hidden behind a substantial object, such as a piece of furniture, with ease?
According to feline behaviorist Kristyn Vitale, PhD, a cat researcher at Oregon State University’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab, if you respond yes to all of these questions, your cat is pretty smart.
With an estimated 600 million in households globally, Felis silvestris catus is today one of the most popular pets in the world. Looking at these photos of the cutest cat breeds, it’s easy to see why. One of the reasons cats have been so popular, according to Vitale, is their capacity to be quite versatile in their behavior.
They are equally at home in an apartment as they are on a farm. Though there are many fascinating cat facts, there has been comparatively little research on cat cognition, intellect, or internal mental processes so far, especially when compared to the large number of studies undertaken on dogs’ mental processes.