Cats: A+ on Intelligence; C- on Attitude

I guess I relate to cats – they remind me so much of me!  I laughed out loud when I read:

“Recent studies have shown cats are potentially more intelligent than dogs but they are usually neither motivated nor compliant when it comes to participating in research”.

New Scientist Magazine detailed the results of some new studies comparing the two. It’s a well-known, scientific fact that the number of neurons in the brain’s cortex is an indication of intelligence.  Dogs have 160-million of these neurons.  Cats? Over 300-million.

However, researchers became frustrated with the study.  Although both species cognitivly understood the commands (such as a person using pointing gestures as a cue for food), dogs were eager to please the scientists, cats “just didn’t want to participate.”

5 Responses to “Cats: A+ on Intelligence; C- on Attitude”

  1. Bill says:

    I love dogs; I love cats. I’ve owned many of both. I guarantee dogs are more intelligent. What makes me say that? Because cats will not do things that earn reward and will do things that earn punishment. And not just out of feline pride. Even when hungry, they won’t do the simplest of things to obtain food.

    Now, I know full well Frank is a cat lover, and cat lovers totally flip whenever someone even hints dogs are better in any way shape or form. I don’t want to get into a pissing contest; I readily admit cats make better pets for apartment dwellers. And there’s nothing so soothing as a purring cat lying on one’s chest. Unless it’s one of the girls from the Pussycat Lounge lying beneath one’s chest.

  2. paolo. says:

    Cats will NOT sell-out; even to survive. They are the true revolutionaries.

    Once a vet’s assistant told me a strange fact she observed for over 20 years. When being run over by a car, a dog is usually fatally injured from behind – undoubtedly trying to escape the horror. Cats are often killed – IN THEIR FRONTS. She (and I) believe that in the microsecond before their deaths, cats whip around to fight their ton and a half foe!

    They die with the honor of trying to fight their killer – even though it’s a hopeless cause.

  3. Bill says:

    If you see a seemingly oblivious dog standing in the road, toot your horn and it will move, albeit not always in the best direction. If you see a cat crossing the street, do NOT toot the horn. The cat will neither move nor whip around to fight in the last microsecond; it will simply freeze and stand there while your auto obliterates it. I’ve seen sadistic country folk use this trick to get their jollies. (They will also shoot a cat after luring it away from your lawn, and it’s perfectly legal. They’re not called mental defectives for nothing.)

    You and the vet’s assistant are sweet romantics. The cats are stupid, pure and simple.

  4. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    To me the question of survival is much simpler than turning to fight or running away.
    WHICH animal has the best tasteing and the most meat on it? How many cats equals a Great Dane or St. Bernard?? Or are the baby ones tastiest fried like buffalo wings?

  5. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    Why are the best tasteing animals-ateers, etc, the dumbest?

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