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Does he show preference for specific objects – a favourite pillow, toy or blanket, for instance? Does he enjoy being touched around the neck, back and face – especially stroking or petting? Does he react to rhythm and music – for example, does he like sitting on a radio or piano, moving in time to the music by rocking, dancing or twitching his tail? Is he aware of the passing of time, such as being able to predict or anticipate when certain people will leave or return home? Can he predict a change in the weather – eg, does he hide before a storm or stay close to the fireplace before a cold snap? Does he show his feelings, such as jealousy, love or worry, towards other animals or humans in the house? Here, you’ll be testing what your cat does rather than just observing him. If he does more than one thing, circle each one and add all the scores together. You’ll need some materials, including string, a thick rubber band and a bell or something else that makes a ringing noise. TEST 4 Place a thick rubber band on the floor 2-4in (5-10cm) in front of your cat. What does he do? Touches it with paw – 2 points. Touches with nose – 2 points. Begins to chew band –2 points. Picks up band with paw – 4 points. Transfers band from paw to paw – 4 points. This is a bonus round. Read these three statements and see if your cat can do them. If he can, add the points to the final score. This is the opposite of Section on C – this time we’re taking off points for less than intelligent behaviour! Again,, read these statements. If they apply to your puss, deduct the requisite number umber of points from your total so far.