Cat Solves Owner's Crossword Puzzle
Cats are known for their innate agility and intelligence, but how far do these smarts extend? Cats will first think before they react to a situation. One example is when a cat is getting ready to pounce. They arch their back, pause their body movement to calculate their maneuver and then make their move.
Some outdoor cats have also developed a unique adaption to their environment, learning to check for traffic before crossing the street.
Well, owner Arthur Farminer discovered just how witty his kitty was while working on his regular crossword puzzle.
The puzzle was almost finished. Arthur just had to solve one 3 letter word, but his cat Chas kept batting his paw on the newspaper, making it impossible to focus. Arthur moved his cat off the paper, several times…but Chas kept coming back.
At first he thought, the cat just wanted to sit on the paper. It was a common occurrence in their household. “We love Chas to bits but he does like jumping on homework, keyboards or getting in the way at any moment you are trying to concentrate”
Arthur was feeling a bit frustrated at his cat’s actions. He just wanted to finish the puzzle. As Chas paw swiftly batted the paper again, a light bulb illuminated in Arthur’s brain,"Every time I moved it away he just put it back again and it was only then I realized he was trying to help. His perseverance made me realize the missing word was "paw".
Arthur was astounded! His cat had been trying to communicate the answer, but he just hadn’t seen it until now.
I’ll have to admit, I am a bit skeptical. It almost seems like a coincidence that Chas was playing with the paper and the answer to the last puzzle happened to be paw. But, who knows…maybe cats understand English more than we tend to believe. They do answer to their names. Maybe they’ve picked up on other words as well.