Two out of Three Ain’t Bad

Wow, if we could smuggle this kitty into a casino, we’d clean up.


  1. Snickermom says:

    I wish i were that good!

  2. I’d like to snuggle that kitty in a casino…

  3. Agreed, just the right size to snuggle and kiss too.

  4. Well of course you’re not. You’re not a cat. :P

  5. kodalai says:

    Actually, I read a thesis once about cat intelligence, and this — keeping track of an object through shifting locations — is something cats are extraordinarily good at. (As in, better than humans.) And they did tests controlling for smell — ie, making sure the cats could not smell the targets — and they were still really good about finding them.

  6. yolanda says:

    I think too this is not about sniffing out but about a cat having superior tracking and following ability. He’s just not losing track like we humans would do. We don’t have the same mental facility because it’s just not that important.

  7. kodalai says:

    Here’s the link if anyone wants it: — It’s some really interesting stuff. Skip to the section titled “Self Centred Mental Maps” for how it applies to this particular exercise.

    It’s a long page, but definitely worth it for cat lovers. What it boils down to is that cats are a lot smarter than humans generally give them credit for, because they’re 1) smart in DIFFERENT ways from us, and 2) difficult to measure their intelligence, since they aren’t consistently motivated to please humans or even by food rewards.

  8. kkatieh says:

    Thank you, kodalai. That is really interesting!

  9. Wow, that really makes a lot of sense. Thanks for posting that, kodalai! I had noticed some of this behavior with our own cats, but I’d never stopped to think about the benefits of and rationale for the behavior.

  10. I bet you all he is doing is smelling where it is.

  11. Mary (the first) says:

    My thoughts too, if I could smell as well as a cat, I could probably do that also…
    not to downplay her skills, mind you!

  12. Yeah, I think it’s a gum wrapper. Definitely smelling.

  13. I like how he thinks about it at the end.

  14. That’s my favorite part, too! She’s really working it out before she makes her choice.

  15. mimikitty says:

    that is incredible!!!! what a smart kitty!!!

  16. Is it a leetle ball of tin foil?

    When the second one is wrong, kitty immediately looks right at the right one! “I KNEW it!”
    That’s why kitty knocks it right off the table the third time – ha!

  17. Phenomenal!

  18. Wow – smart (and attractive) kitteh.

  19. Love that long pause for the 3rd challenge. He ain’t kidding around! :D

  20. the other jen says:

    whew. he really had to think over that last one!


  21. I think cats must have a natural affinity for games of chance. I know mine both love to play poke-her.

  22. It’s almost a Casino Royale tuxedo, so its game, like Bond’s, would be baccacat chemin-de-fur.

  23. earlybird1 says:


  24. I’m not really impressed about the cat winning the game. What impresses me is that the cat is PLAYING the game. My cats would either walk away or jump on the table and lie down on the shells and give me the ‘What??” look.

  25. Yes! Mine would just knock them all off the table, run around after them for a minute, then sit and groom herself.

  26. Excellent point, Gigi. I believe our cats would do the same sorts of thing. This kitty is not only pretty, but also very cooperative!

  27. kibblenibble says:

    I loves me a black and white kitty. Had one once. She was my soul mate. *sigh*

  28. Queen of Dork says:

    Me too kibblenibble. On my fifth birthday, my mom presented me with this kitten which came from a litter our next door neighbor’s cat had. He was black and white and long haired. I named him Fat Albert. I loved him so much. He was my very best friend until I was 17. 30 years later, I STILL sometimes dream about him.

  29. Theresa says:

    ALL my cats have been black and white. Mimi looked like a little nun. Stinky was like a black and white cookie, and Dante is like an Oreo.

  30. kibblenibble says:

    I remember you mentioning him several times, Queen! Only I didn’t know he was your childhood friend. That is very special. Mine was Witchy. I didn’t give her that name, and it didn’t suit her at all. Before me, she had been passed around through three different homes. I cannot imagine why they didn’t want to keep her forever. She was perfection.

  31. I got the exact same results as the cat. I had no idea where he put the pea the second time, and I expect neither did the cat.

  32. WOW! That is simply amazing :D What a smart kitty :D

  33. JohnnyJohnny says:


  34. Amazing observational skills. This just shows again how superior cats are to us….

  35. Queen of Dork says:

    Well, first of all, I love the thoughtful, intelligent look on the cat’s face. He totally contemplates his choices like, “hmmmmmmmmm. this is a bit tricky.” And secondly, I ADORE the human who is playing with his cat! He must really love his cat to come up with a game like that to play. :)

  36. Queen of Dork says:

    Also…the ears. I love the super alert ears.

  37. Theresa says:

    How are you, Queenie? *waving*

  38. what a sweet face and good hooman!!


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