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June 6, 2012 at 11:58 AMComments: 3 Faves: 1

Cat Solves Owner's Crossword Puzzle

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

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.

What do you think? Was Chas merely playing? Or did he really solve the crossword?


Photo Credit:

The Munky House

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  • I am extremely skeptical of this. I cannot imagine that a cat, as intelligent as they may be, would be able to decipher a cruciverbalist's clues and understand that it is referring to his paw, which he knows as his paw, which he then uses to alert his owner that it is the answer. Seems extremely unlikely. But, cute story Bri!

  • haha, thanks Rex! I'll have to say that I am with you on this one. As much as I want to believe cats could possibly know English (which would be SO cool) was most likely just a coincidence. But I think it's awesome that Chas, in a way, helped his owners solve the last word to the puzzle, even if it wasn't his intention. :P

  • That's an interesting way of looking at it, Bri. I didn't think of it like that. If nothing else, the cat helped, one way or another. That is pretty cool. It's amazing how human brains work, isn't it? I mean, here we have a person whose cat triggered the right synapse in his brain to put the puzzle together. That is pretty awesome. I feel like I'm watching Ace Ventura or something. ;-)

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