How Smart Are Siamese Cats?

People often compare Siamese cats to dogs, because they are quick to learn tricks and lessons. 

If you own a Siamese cat, I’m sure you already know and have tested your pal’s remarkable intelligence. 

If you’re about to get one, I’m sure you’ll be impressed by how bright the Siamese cat is. After all the years I’ve spent with Siamese cats, they never fail to amaze me with their wit!

This article will share all possible explanations of the Siamese cat’s intelligence. Keep reading to find out how intelligent Siamese cats can be!

What makes Siamese cats smart?

1. Their trainability

Siamese cats are fast learners. They understand when to back down and when to go all out. They often get along well with the people who train them. 

Here’s a quick fun fact! When you ignore a Siamese cat, you can expect him to ignore you back. If you spend time playing with him and training them each day, there’s nothing they will not do for you. 

My Siamese cat, Batman, learned how to do tricks after one short lesson. Robyn was pretty good too. He learned some tricks after practicing a few times.

How to train a Siamese cat? 

Here are several examples: 

1. Housetraining 

2. Following verbal requests and instructions 

3. Litter training 

4. Obeying 

5. Clicker training 

6. Paw tricks (giving high fives, sharing fist bumps) 

7. Nose tricks 

8. Jumping tricks / acrobatic jumping moves

Some Siamese cats have entered prestigious shows. Many have proven their intelligence and talents. Asia, a celebrity cat, exemplifies how trainable Siamese cats can be. 

Asia appeared on America’s Got Talent Season 13 in August 2018. This kitty is an acrobat for the Big Apple Circus. She is a member of the Savitsky Cats group. Here’s their performance video with over 32 million views: The Savitsky Cats: Super Trained Cats Perform Exciting Routine

2. Their memory

Siamese cats are superior when it comes to their capacity for remembering things. A cat’s memory is 200 times better than that of a dog. Like many intelligent cats, the Siamese can remember anything for up to 16 hours.

How to test their memory?

  • Hide a treat somewhere in your room. 
  • Make sure your Siamese cat is watching you while you’re hiding it.
  • Wait for your pal to find it. Siamese cats can find hidden treats without an issue.
  • Hide your cat’s favorite plush toy in your room. Let your cat follow you as you’re doing it. 
  • Then take your cat out of the room for a short bit. Go back inside and see if your pal can find it without issues. 
  • Introduce your cat to your friends. Those who often visit the house. See if they can remember them.

Another sign of good memory is how well they remember the tricks you’ve taught them. Most Siamese cats can still remember tricks they have learned in recent months.

Siamese cats don’t forget the people who made them upset and distressed. If a guest bugged them in the past, these cats remember them and avoid them whenever they come to their house.

Siamese cats are good at recalling what and where. They have selective memory skills. This skill allows them to save only the most important details for later recalling. They don’t doubt discarding what they think are useless details. They sure are clever and practical! Isn’t that dexterity pretty cool?

3. Their observation skills

Siamese cats have a keen perception. They are diligent observers. They love to watch you go about your daily life and learn about it. Most Siamese cats change their sleep habits based on when their owners are awake and asleep. They do their best to match their time to the time of their owners. When they see that this is the time their human family eats, they try to make it their time to eat.

4. Their social ability 

One of Siamese cats’ most outstanding characteristics is their sociability. They can grasp and understand social cues fast. Siamese cats love to adapt to the actions and moods of the people around them. They are friendly and communicative. Their ability to respond to owners’ emotions is a sign of intelligence. 

This breed’s social intelligence surpasses that of other cats. When they communicate with whom they bond, they are outspoken and sound super clever. Siamese cats do not meow in vain. They are vocal for many good reasons.

While petting, most Siamese cats will let you know where they want to get rubbed. They don’t growl or hiss when they don’t like the strokes. These cats have good initiative. They move around so you can reach the parts of their bodies they want you to pet.

What’s excellent about Siamese cats is that they’re good at communicating and entertaining. Plus, they are great at listening and understanding.

5. Their receptive and “figuring out” ability

Siamese cats love games with if-then rules. They’ll do what you tell them and look forward to the reward. 

This method works quite well when the reward involves tasty treats. They understand the cause-and-effect scenario. Here are some examples:

  • If you’re well-behaved this time, I’ll give you a treat.
  • If you solve this puzzle toy, I’ll give you some goodies.
  • If you perform this trick, you will receive a reward.

You’ll be amazed at how eager your Siamese cat is to play new games and receive their goodies! They are very good at following verbal commands.

6. Their relentless curiosity and a never-ending appetite for exploration

Siamese cats are always curious about everything. They enjoy adventuring all over the house and getting into mischief. It’s essential to please their natural urge to go exploring. If you have a Siamese cat, be sure to let them explore and snoop around the house. Let your pal explore and snoop around the house if you have a Siamese cat. 

Siamese cats love to explore because they want to learn and have new experiences. In their house exploration, Siamese cats uncover many new things.

Whenever I get home from work, I find that Batman and Robyn have gotten into mischief while I was away. They always want to learn more about everything around them. They are always looking for new things to play with and discover, which makes them super active. Maintaining their insatiable curiosity feels like a full-time job!

How smart are Siamese cats compared to humans?

We cannot tell for sure. There are still no scientific tests available to measure feline IQ. We cannot make a clear comparison.

What is the most intelligent cat breed?

The Abyssinian is famous for being the most intelligent breed of cat. This breed learns tricks the fastest of all types. They love to survey everything. 

Abyssinian cats are quick and robust, making them great explorers. Their quickness is impressive. They enjoy running feline agility courses too! They are flexible and can adapt well to any living arrangement. 

For many years, this sleek-looking cat has held the top spot for being the most intelligent. They like getting petted and being with other pets. The only strange thing (yes, there is one) about them is that they are not lap cats. Well, considering that’s the only the drawback, this breed almost has it all!

What are the world’s most intelligent cat breeds?

Besides the Siamese cat, many other cat breeds are members of the intelligent feline club. Check to see if you have one of these intelligent cat breeds:

  • Abyssinian
  • Japanese Bobtail
  • Bengal
  • Sphynx
  • Korat
  • Savannah
  • Cornish Rex
  • Turkish Van Cat
  • Burmese
  • Scottish Fold
  • Tonkinese Cat
  • Singapura Cat
  • Havana Brown
  • Khao Manee
  • Oriental Shorthair
  • Turkish Angora
  • Persian Cat

Can Siamese cats understand humans?

Siamese cats are adept at picking up on people’s feelings. They have good emotional awareness, especially when it comes to their owners. 

Here are some signs that your Siamese cat understands you.

  • When they meow, it can mean they understand what you want them to do or what you are trying to say.
  • Your Siamese cat can tell when you’re sad. Your furry friend will stay with you and sleep close to you.
  • When you talk to your Siamese cat face-to-face, your cat blinks in slow motion. It’s your cat’s way of telling you he gets what you’re saying.
  • When your cat wants to make you feel like you’re not alone, it will rub against you. Well, yes, and that includes headbutting sometimes. Yay!
  • Your Siamese cat sometimes knows when you’re busy. Your pal watches you from afar and doesn’t bother you.

To Wrap It All Up

Siamese cats are some of the best feline communicators with their humans. Many cat enthusiasts and behaviorists agree on this. Siamese cats are such well-rounded pets! 

We may never quite comprehend how smart Siamese cats are. These cats continue to astound us with their intelligence! Remember to put their precious brain cells to work, so they will not get bored. Thank you for reading!

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Katerina Gasset

Katerina Gasset is a seasoned Siamese cat breeder with a passion that spans over 18 years. Her love for these distinctive felines has not only led her to breed them, but also to dedicate herself to the rescue and wellbeing of the Siamese breed. Currently, she is the proud owner of two charismatic Siamese cats named Batman and Robyn, whose antics and unique personalities often inspire her work. As a well-established author and blogger, Katerina leverages her extensive knowledge of Siamese cats in her writings. She is the sole creator and owner of, a comprehensive online platform that serves as a repository of practical advice and fascinating insights into the world of Siamese cats. Through her enlightening articles, she assists countless cat owners in better understanding and taking care of their Siamese companions. More than a breeder, Katerina is an advocate for the breed. Her commitment goes beyond mere appreciation; she is dedicated to educating others on the complexities and joys of living with Siamese cats, sharing her wisdom with a community of fellow Siamese cat lovers worldwide. Whether you're a seasoned Siamese cat owner or just beginning your journey, Katerina's informative and engaging content is a valuable resource.

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