Which do you think is smarter, Cats or Dogs?

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  1. Vezpa profile image60
    Vezpaposted 14 years ago

    So which do you think is smarter, cats or dogs? I know that all their personalities differ, and it depends on the breeds. But overall, I'd have to go with the felines, cats. Yes dogs have a higher social intelligence that the cat can't match. But, cats seem way more intelligent, very cunning and witty, independant, observant . . .
    Well, what do you think? Please follow up on you answer, give an explanation . . .wink

    P.S.- It has not been stated true that a dog can recognize itself in the mirror and cats cannot. Cats can keep a self image . . .

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 14 years ago

    Which is smarter . .  apples or oranges? 
    Having shared time with canines and felines, I'd say they can't be compared --two  entirely different beings.

    1. Pest profile image80
      Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I agree to an extent...My cat is a flippin genius but can't be trained like a dog.  Is a trained dog just parroting a positively reinforced behavior, I think so.  Both when abandoned will go ferrel, but i believe the social skills of the dog definitely gives it the advantage as far as survival...I have seen hundreds of cats abandoned at our farm and they can't survive without a human to care for them, however, there are exceptions.  I say the dog...

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
        Rochelle Frankposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Your avatar seems to disfavor the cat.

        1. Vezpa profile image60
          Vezpaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Hmm . . . yes, I understand your point of views, and see what you're saying. And I now, don't have a side .  . . lol

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
            Rochelle Frankposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Ooops, sorry if I derailed the debate.

            My personal chice is cat-- though I have not had one in a long time, and probably will not ever, because my Daughter -in-law is allergic to cats, and I would rather see my grandchildren than have a cat.
            Some of the dogs we have had have been pretty good, but I appreciate the cat self- sufficiency.

  3. AEvans profile image73
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    I believe a dog is smarter then a cat, however I have seen some little frisky felines act as if they were just as smart as a dog, just depends on who the owner is and how much they have taught there wonderful little friends. Just as Rochelle stated you cannot compare the two as there differences. smile

  4. Vezpa profile image60
    Vezpaposted 14 years ago

    Yes, I am now convinced they cannot be judged . . . smile

  5. Teresa McGurk profile image60
    Teresa McGurkposted 14 years ago

    I think, however, that an apple might well be smarter than one of my two dogs.  It'd be a close call.

    1. Vezpa profile image60
      Vezpaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      lol What kind are they?

  6. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 14 years ago

    Cats are simply subtler than are dogs.  One way to explain might be that if they were humans, cats would be introverts and dogs would be extroverts.  It's not really about social intelligence, either, because both have their own 'way.'

    My cat is independent, tough, and playful...  Our dog is--well, she's an unusual dog--smart and kind of emotional...  smile

    1. Pest profile image80
      Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Introvert, extrovert, my cat is a lazy beer guzzling pervert with a bad attitude.

      1. profile image0
        Leta Sposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Well, actually, my cat is a tough lil street tart who will sleep just anywhere--even in trees, wink

  7. goldentoad profile image59
    goldentoadposted 14 years ago

    Cats are good for nothing. There I said it.

    1. Pest profile image80
      Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That is true.  My cat is a good mouser, but the mice in my house eat till they are gorged then Kat makes her move instead of STOPPING the mice first.

      1. goldentoad profile image59
        goldentoadposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        let me guess then leaves a bloody mouse on the floor

        1. Pest profile image80
          Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Nope, eats them in bed...I wake up to her crunching on them all winter long.  She doesn't dare do that around momma!    This trailer has more holes in it than swiss cheese.

          1. goldentoad profile image59
            goldentoadposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            I find dead birds around my house sometimes, I live next door to crazy cat people. Got like five of them on the front porch of their house at all times. Then they cross over the line and I let my dog at them when I can. I'm betting they have another ten inside the house.

            1. Pest profile image80
              Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

              That is worse than mice!  Cats can really stink up a house...so can dogs I suppose.

              1. Cris A profile image60
                Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                Definitely dogs. Cats get knifeheld cool

              2. goldentoad profile image59
                goldentoadposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                The dude doesn't work and sometimes he walks around the neighborhood drunk, with his shirt off, and sometimes he comes over and tells me my dog is scaring his cats. I told him his cats drop terds by my trash cans and they're too wet too pick up. They stink bad.

                1. Pest profile image80
                  Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                  Sounds like you have neighbors like mine!  Rather than the cats pooping next to my trash, it is actually the neighbor and those turds are too wet to pick up as well!

                  1. goldentoad profile image59
                    goldentoadposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                    you know what, now I wonder...

  8. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 14 years ago

    Oh man. You guys are lucky your neighbors don't have cows.
    Now, when are we going to have the apples vs. oranges debate? they both have lots of fiber, Oranges are jucier.  Apples are good in pies. Oh, waitaminit, this is the pets forum.

    1. Pest profile image80
      Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Momma has a pet banana, but she has had that thing for years!

  9. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 14 years ago

    Well I reckon that BOTH dogs and cats are smarter, and higher on global pecking order than humans.

    After all, they don't wander round after us picking up OUR shit!

    1. Pest profile image80
      Pestposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Good point...I think I am much more needy as well.

  10. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    Felines have been proven smarter than canines, that's actually why they are harder to train.

  11. TravelMonkey profile image60
    TravelMonkeyposted 14 years ago

    Cats have it sussed, you wont ever hear from it until it wants feeding. Dogs show more affection as they are generally better animals to keep.

  12. Shil1978 profile image87
    Shil1978posted 14 years ago

    I think cats are smarter. They are also more independent and retain their hunting skills. Dogs show more affection than cats though, which is probably why people tend to love their dogs more.

  13. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 14 years ago

    I tend to think that cats are more intelligent. Having both dogs and cats for pets,I am confident in my answer. smile

  14. sunforged profile image71
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    My dog told me he is smarter, but he comes when called. The cat wouldnt answer but she has me tied around her paw...in her deviousness, she is probably the smarter of two.

  15. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    They're both pretty smart, but I think how smart either one is depends on how much their owner talks to them and generally treats them in a way that encourages their learning.  I've had/known both cats and dogs that are just mind-bogglingly intelligent, to the point where people try to see if something they've done is just a coincidence or not (and it's never coincidence).

    I think sometimes people assume dogs are smarter, and because they do they may not even bother to try to communicate much or relate to a cat.  As someone who has had a lot of long-term, long-living, cats; I have seen how they can be just like dogs when it comes to relating to people; or becoming really smart about how things are done in the house.

  16. Uninvited Writer profile image77
    Uninvited Writerposted 14 years ago

    Cats are better at manipulation smile My cat is the smartest animal I've ever been around, much smarter than my last cat.

  17. thranax profile image74
    thranaxposted 14 years ago

    Dogs, because they react better with humans.


  18. rambo87 profile image60
    rambo87posted 14 years ago

    cats are definitely cleverer thus why they have the freedom to come and go as they please, where as a dog has to be taken out, cats get what they want all the time!

  19. profile image0
    Hovalisposted 14 years ago

    I think it depends on the cat or dog's personality. Some are just smarter than others. Very much like humans in that respect. But I still think the old saying is very true:

    "Dogs have masters; cats have staff."

  20. profile image0
    Wadey101mposted 14 years ago

    Just because a dog takes orders and is happier being looked after, doesn't mean it's any less intelligent than a cat. Dogs are naturally more obedient, while cats are rebels. Cats maybe good at manipulating their masters into getting what they want, but dogs aren't left out you know. They are clever in their own sense, i mean the constant need to tell them what to do all the time gets them the most attention, which is probably what they want. All I can say is that dogs are the more favoured pet to that of the cat, so they must be doing something right.

  21. profile image0
    RFoxposted 14 years ago

    Well....my dog gets to sleep all day, has a gazillion toys, doesn't have to work, gets fed when she wants and has me working my fingers to the bone to keep her housed, happy and healthy.

    Now I don't know whether cats or dogs are smarter but I know my dog is certainly smarter than me! wink

  22. skydiver profile image59
    skydiverposted 14 years ago

    Cat's are smarter, they get fed & pampered by us and then sleep. What a life! smile
    Dogs have to work for their food and attention, and don't know how to play their owners to get what they want. Dogs do as they are told basically, and have to sleep in a cold kennel or cramped up bed in the corner of the kitchen! Cat's are secretly the highest life form on the planet tongue


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