Dogs always want to please the pack leader, so if they see you as the leader they're easy to train.
Cats are easy to train too. At least mine are. They will do anything to please me and in return give me unconditional love. I have had cats sit and beg. They are easy to teach to always come when called - mine come to a whistle. I taught one to curl up in the passenger seat when I took him in the car and another to walk with a lead.
Artkid: "whereas cats really don't care if they please you or not" Not true at all. Cats will only do things for love, never for threats.
My current cat growls at visitors (like a dog) to the extent when the guy came to read my meter last week he left a note saying dog not restrained. As we don't have one, we figured the cat scared him off. He also eats bones like a dog, so he's a bit confused - see my hub for pics.
Dogs seem to be much more people-dependent, whereas cats really don't care if they please you or not. Therefor, dogs tend to be trained much, much easier because their reward is making their human happy. I've only had one cat that was easy to train, and he thought he was a dog...to the extent that he ignored the other cats, and one of the dogs was his only playmate.
well, you have one... Men who'd like cats are quite rare, you know that? They're mostly into dogs, because these listen and do as they are told, whereas cats are quite complicated cratures. That's another one of my theories.
It is true that the average cat can inflict much less damage than a large dog, but some still try. I have rehabbed many animals, and with me dogs generally allow touch within a week no matter how badly they've been treated, whereas I've spent up to three months with a cat before it allowed any touch.
Good one. However, a few years back there was a news report concerning a 'cat' burgler (couldn't resist) who was cornered by a siamese cat until the police arrived after the elderly lady owner called 911. Too funny. Cats are a bit more difficult to train, but if you start when they are kittens its amazing what they are willing to learn, mine sits when told to earn her treats.
yes, they are amazing when trained.. I trained my puppies and kittens to eat on my hand.. I didn't learn that, it's just an instinct since I was a kid because I had an experience with our dog who tried to bit my hand when I touched her head while she was eating.. that is why I told myself that maybe if I let them eat from my hand, they would learn not to bite me.. and up to now, it works with my dogs and cats..
I think it's obvious that it's easier to train dogs than it is cats. If it were the other way around, we'd have police cats and guide-cats for the blind. And there would be a film hero, too, called Tiggie and not Lassie.
I love cats. I have one -- Nero, not Tiggie. She sits and lies down when I tell her to, but that's about it. She's also very communitive. But only affectionate when she wants to be, and she'll even hit me if I don't give her what she wants when she wants it -- her food.
Cats, I believe, could be rated more intelligent than dogs, because they won't do anything unless there's some sense to it.