The remarkable feline brain has been programmed by roughly 30 million years of evolution into that of a dogged information gatherer and pattern recognizer. Cats are the epitome of curiosity and what they accomplish during their daily explorations is really knowledge mastery.
Think about this little Russian Blue for a moment. Like all cats, she spends a part of every day on the prowl. The vast array of information that she seeks and obtains through the motivating power of curiosity gives her a near-perfect map of the property she inhabits and controls—a confident and correct sense of who is friend, foe, or food. And she updates her knowledge whenever doubt and uncertainty creep in. The famous curiosity of cats is really that updating process made plain. Move a chair in the living room or rearrange the garden, and she immediately realizes the map in her head is not the same as the data now streaming in for comparison.