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Cats or Dogs Smarter - Are Dogs Really Smarter Than Cats?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 9

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Many analyses of cats and dogs intelligence will give felines the advantage on some tests of intelligence and canines the upper hand in other tests. So the question still remains...Are dogs smarter than cats, or do cats come out ahead? Some of the highlights of recent studies to measure cat and dog intelligence are as follows.

>>>> Brain powers...Cats have a higher ability to process more information than dogs. However dogs do have the bigger brain, but brain sizing isn't a good indication of intelligence. A good example is the fact that Homo sapiens neanderthalensis in reality had bigger brains than humans in the 20th century.

All the same, the number of neurons in the cortex is related to intelligence. Following this reasoning, cats have the advantage over dogs, with 300 million neurons in the cat’s cortex as compared to the 160 million in the dog's cortex. This indicates that cats have a higher capacity to process information. [I’ve never seen a dog sneak up to and catch a bird]

>>>> Responding to owners gestures…Understanding how they respond to simple instructions dogs can reveal an very impressive degree of intellect, by their ability to follow pointing motions made by their owners and use their own stares or barking to alert us to objects or situations to the advantage of their owners. [Have you ever seen a Seeing Eye cat?]

While evidence points that cats are cognitively similar to dogs they are typically neither motivated nor willing when it comes to taking part in research, it’s hard to judge their degree of understanding fully.

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>>>> Problem solving abilities…Dogs have undergone more research than cats, this is because cats don’t make very good research subjects because of their lack of or desire to please their owner, and so not much research has been done on their problem-solving abilities. All the same, the problem-solving powers of dogs could as well be challenging because they are inclined to depend on their owners to take control.

Canines frequently depend on their owners to figure out logistical problems instead of taking the initiative, which might cause them to do poorly on problem-solving jobs unless the owner is there to encourage them.

>>>> Ability to vocalize…Acknowledging that cats don’t generally meow to other cats and
grownup wolves seldom bark, it’s plausible that companion animal vocalizations take place as a need to communicate with their human owners, and therefore might be a reflection of social intelligence. Canines have more a more vocal flexibleness as it pertains to pitch, frequency, range, duration, key, and other factors, so they're more effective at communicating their feelings and purposes. It’s been proven that cat vocalizations have some fascinating and unusual features too.

Recent evidence hints that cats are able to purr with a relative frequency that has a subliminal result like that of a human infants cry. This purr, best-known as the [solicitation purr], is somewhat distinct from the day-to-day purr and is utilized to ask for food. There's as well some evidence that purring offers pain relief and accelerates the healing process.

>>>> What about perception…Cats or dogs smarter, while both cats and dogs have superior senses of hearing and smell than us humans, a cats hearing range is from 45-64,000 hertz, and a dogs hearing range is 67-45,000. As well, the average cat has more scent receptors than the normal dog [however the bloodhound is an exception to this rule].

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Additionally, cats have an edge over dogs when it gets dark with their superior night vision, while dogs can see a lot better in low light than humans. The well-developed senses of cats could explain how come they frequently seem to see, hear, or smell things that people [and even dogs] can’t comprehend.

It is very hard to find out how smart cats and dogs are because in natural settings, they use their abilities to solve problems that are significant to cats and dogs, instead of those of interest to us humans or what we might think is crucial to them. In addition, folks who have spent time with or have owned many cats or dogs will have discovered that some are keener than others.

Each species has its hotspots, as well as they're denser members. The brightest cat is in all likelihood is far smarter than the dullest dog, and vice versa, because individual animals differ
widely based on genetics, experience, and other factors, it’s hard to say which is smarter...cats or dogs.

I love my dog and cat equally as each brings joy to my life in their own way. 



Aug 6, 2011 5:27pm
Fascinating article on the differences between cats and dogs. I learned a lot of new information!
Sep 4, 2011 10:11am
I believe cats are smarter but dogs are more loyal and better pets.
Sep 16, 2011 8:42am
Great article. I think that, as in humans, it just depends on the cat and/or the dog.
Sep 20, 2011 8:29am
Fascinating read. I had a giggle at the reason why cats aren't subject to so many studies as dogs :)

My cats are probably smarter than your average dog, in terms of manipulating humans, reaching places they shouldn't reach and that kind of stuff. They aren't very bright at anything else:) However, nothing beats a dog "I'm innocent stare". Even when they do it with the mouth full of the forbidden cake they just ate.
Oct 24, 2011 12:33pm
Interesting article, I always just assumed cats were smarter than dogs. I would agree that cats are hard to study, simply because they do what they want, Ha!
Oct 25, 2011 6:45am
Yes for sure...Each brings something special to the table.
Jan 25, 2012 10:40am
Definitely depends on the particular dog and cat! I had a German Shepherd growing up that actually could say quite a few human words... with total understanding! However my Manx cat that just passed away would have given him a run for the money in other ways.
Jan 25, 2012 7:38pm
Great article. As an owner of both, I think it's a dogs loyalty and willingness to please their owner that makes them appear smarter.
Jan 25, 2012 9:18pm
Really enjoyed reading this article. Yes, both animals bring their own kind of joy to their owners. I have grown up with dogs but I now have a cat. I love them both. I have also rated this a thumbs up.
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