What do you think, are Ragamuffin cats intelligent? Some people might say that cats are not smart animals, but we believe that they are.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the evidence that supports the idea that cats are intelligent creatures. We will also share some of the ways in which cats can demonstrate their intelligence.
Finally, we will talk about why Ragamuffin cats may be especially intelligent. Are you ready to learn more? Keep reading!
How Intelligent Are Ragamuffin Cats?
Ragamuffins are often referred to as dog or puppy-like because of their intelligent and friendly nature. They are known to open doors, play fetch and some can even be trained to sit on command. Find out more amazing reasons why Ragamuffins are super smart below.
Ragamuffins Can Be Trained
Owners of these smart little furballs have reported that they can be trained to give the paw, wait for their food and even roll onto their backs.
Most people often associate doing tricks with dogs. However, cats can learn these types of tricks too.
However, with a cat, it just takes a little bit longer.
Cats in general are more difficult to train than dogs because cats seem less willing to please humans.
Additionally, cats often tend to be way more independent so they don’t really need humans as much!
Some of the things that you can train a cat to do include:
- Come when called
- Shake hands
They Can Open Doors
I’ve seen this with my own eyes. It’s actually pretty hilarious to see a Ragamuffin cat opening a door.
However, this is just a testament to how intelligent they are. They watch and learn from their human companion and eventually do it themselves.
It’s actually pretty amazing how they can do it.
They Can Turn The Taps On
This is another one I’ve seen with my own eyes.
Numerous times I’ve caught my Ragamuffin cat with its head under the tap lapping up the water.
It’s equally cute as it is hilarious.
We wrote an article talking about whether Ragamuffins like water or not. Well, they certainly don’t shy away from water taps.
They Play Fetch
Most people think about dogs when they think about playing fetch. But some cats love it too.
With Ragamuffins, it can almost seem instinctual. They are even known to bring the toy to their owner to initiate playing fetch.
So if someone asks you, are Ragamuffin cats intelligent, make sure to tell them that they can play fetch, that’s truly smart!
They Are Highly Social
Highly sociable animals have an innate intelligence about them.
One has to have a certain intelligence to be social in the first place right?
Well, the Ragamuffin is highly sociable. They have a very loving nature and are most certainly lap cats.
They have a very docile and calm nature that makes them perfect around children.
Additionally, due to their highly social nature, they’re a great companion for someone living alone.
They Can Sense Your Mood
The ability of mammals to sense emotions is also quite obvious in cats, especially Ragamuffins.
Many Ragamuffin cat owners have reported that their cat knows when they are sad or feeling down.
There are even reports of the cat behaving tense and uneasy when there is tension at home.
The fact that they can pick up on these emotions is a testament to how intelligent the Ragamuffin cat is.
They Are Canny Hunters
Whether or not you know this about your cat depends on if your Ragamuffin is an indoor or outdoor cat.
Many owners that let their Ragamuffin cat outside into the garden have reported them bringing dead prey back into the home.
If you didn’t know already when a cat brings its prey back into the home, it’s actually considered a gift or a way for the cat to say thanks.
So when you see your cat bringing back a hunted treat. Make sure to make a big deal of it and say thanks.
Ragamuffins Are Excellent With Kids
Being great with cats is certainly an indication of intelligence. We have to remember that children require a lot of patience and understanding.
Cats, including the Ragamuffin, are known to be very patient with their own children so this trait crosses over into human kids.
But this is a two-way street. The adults in the house have to teach the children to be patient with their feline pals.
If the children in the house regularly frighten the cat, it may become wary and distrusting.
Ragamuffins are very calm and friendly cats but certainly won’t tolerate being kicked or having their whiskers pulled.
Cat Intelligence Tests
There are a few tests you can do with your cat to test their intelligence. They include a variety of activities you can try out from home. Take a look at these fun tests below.
The first is easy to carry out at home. First, show your cat their toy. Next, hide the toy and see if your cat goes looking for it. If your Ragamuffin finds the toy it means it at least has the intelligence of an 18-month-old toddler.
The second test involves a toy mouse and a piece of furniture. This works great with a wind-up mouse preferably.
Show your Ragamuffin cat the mouse. Wind the mouse up and let it go underneath a chair or sofa.
If the cat tracks the movement of the mouse and predicts where the mouse will emerge from under the couch. Your cat is smart and has the intelligence equivalent to a 2 year old child.
Test number three is a really good one to try right before you serve your cat some food.
Get a container of food and place it next to their bowl. Watch your cat as you do this.
If your cat repeatedly looks at the container of food and then up at you it is a good sign of intelligence.
If they add some meows in with it they get some extra IQ points. 😉
The last test involves watching TV with your cat. Some of you may have observed your Ragamuffin doing this already.
However, if you want to try it, turn on a nature show on TV that includes birds.
If your cat sits and watches it, it’s a good sign that your kitty is smart.
These tests were found originally on Adopt And Shop’s blog.
Other great cat intelligence tests include Chewy’s Cat Intelligence Quiz. This is a series of 20 questions with multiple choices that you can answer about your cat. It’s really fun!
Which Are The Smartest Cat Breeds?
If you’re curious about how smart other cats are. Here is a list of the top 10 smartest cats from A-Z Animals.
- Cornish Rex
- Scottish Fold
- Turkish Angora
- Japanese Bobcat
Unfortunately, the Ragamuffin didn’t make the cut. But not to worry, your Ragamuffin is still sharp!
So, are Ragamuffin cats intelligent? The answer to this question really depends on how you look at it.
Certainly, they have some qualities that indicate a high level of intelligence, such as being able to find hidden objects and being good with kids.
However, there is no definitive test that can accurately measure a cat’s IQ. What we do know is that Ragamuffins are generally calm and friendly cats that don’t tolerate being mistreated.
Whether or not your Ragamuffin is the smartest kitty in the world is up for debate, but one thing is for sure- they make great pets!
Elliot is the owner and lead writer at Lais Lairs. He is the proud owner of a Maine Coon/Siberian Mix cat named Lai. His oldest cat lived to be 18 years old so he’s learned a thing or two about keeping pets. When he’s not writing you can find him playing video games or playing fetch with Lai.