I know Tubby thinks. He is smart, like Fister. When I'm playing with him and, say, dangling something in front of him, he says forget the toy and goes right for the hand that is dangling it. He has always done this from the time he was a little kitten, and this is part of the reason my hands and arms were in shreds when he was a kitten. But he knows when it is Saturday or Sunday morning as compared to a work morning because he will go by the door to the garage and just sit there and look at it and meow because the only time he usually gets to be out in the garage is Saturday or Sunday morning. There are other things he does that I know he knows things. We have the TV up in the loft area. There is a balcony there, and a big mirror on the opposite wall above the fireplace. Tubby knows that if he looks in the mirror he will be able to see what's happening in the entire first floor, even what's happening out the front door if the door is open. When he is sitting there overseeing everything that is going on, we say he's sitting in his crows nest. Now how did he figure that out that what he is seeing in the mirror is actually happening? We have no idea, but he did. Sometimes Terry is just baffled at how smart Tubby is.
Peanut, on the other hand, got the looks and passed on the brains. She just doesn't figure things out like Tubby does, but doesn't seem to care either. And it's a chicken and egg thing with her. Is she more timid because she can't figure things out as much, or does she not figure things out as much because she is more timid and won't investigate?
This is a good thread bringing up all these questions, and we will probably never really know until either we learn cat language, or they learn ours.
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