Stories abound which explain cats turning doorknobs doors, ringing doorbells, opening cabinets, turning off lights, and even using the bathroom solely by observing the proprietor performing these activities. Many feline behaviorists in addition to child psychologists seem to agree that the intelligence of an adult cat equals that of a two to three year old child. We understand how intelligent and manipulative children of this age are, is it any wonder that cats are better at educating their owners than the owners are in training them?
While the cat is the most intelligent of our domestic animals, it’s important for cat owners to be clear regarding the limitation of the cat’s thought processes, as attributing human motives to the pet may interfere with the patient, systematic, strategy required to treat behavior issues. By way of example, a cat can’t ponder the past or create plans for your future. It’s thus futile for an owner to punish a cat for something it did even a couple of minutes earlier or at the act, since the cat is incapable of making the link between the action and the punishment. Conversely, its actions can’t be motivated by revenge for some past insult from the proprietor. Stress due to the operator’s actions, rather than spite, is the culprit here.
All cat behavioral problems are human induced, not supplying a cat what they want to instinctually act and act as a cat can have very poor recourse to the human anatomy.