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Which is more intelligent; a cat or a dog?

  1. unvrso profile image89
    unvrsoposted 2 years ago

    Which is more intelligent; a cat or a dog?

    Three days after I adopted a kitty, it heard me speaking in high voice and made an exclamation, like if it had understood me.

    Example: Tomorrow, I´m going out from home. I want you to take care of yourself and be safe while I´m out.......

    Cat:  Uh!

    The kity does this all the time it hears me speaking to him.

  2. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 2 years ago

    some people say dogs  understand humans better but I do think that cats catch up faster. Once, I adopted a stray cat. when I said "stay" it sat down and waited.

    1. unvrso profile image89
      unvrsoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Before adopting my kitty, I used to think that cats were hostile and wild. Now, after having owned it for over a month, I realize I was wrong. This kitty is very loving and playful. It also seeks his time to be caressed and is well-behaved.

  3. manatita44 profile image83
    manatita44posted 2 years ago

    I don't know, Bro. This is 'cat talk' but recently, I saw a cat attacking a dog to protect a family member. It was on T.V and I think it's on U-tube.

    Still, their qualities are different. Dogs are know for their loyalty, devotion, steadfastness, and can undergo extensive training.

    I have forgotten the qualities of the cat but they are 'cool' too. It may boil down to individual preference and also need, namely, dogs are better at leading the blind, for example. Much Love.

    1. unvrso profile image89
      unvrsoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      There differencies between one and the other. I had two dogs before owning this kitty and they behaved differently. I taught my two dogs how to hunt their own food on the praire and I also taught my kitty how to catch lizards and other small animals.

    2. manatita44 profile image83
      manatita44posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Bro. I'm saying the same thing. Different as I mentioned, but like humans, each has its own value. Salaam!

  4. connorj profile image75
    connorjposted 2 years ago


    At first glance the eternal battle between cats and dogs seems to polarize people in either the cat-house or dog-house. Where would you rather be? As my Better Half reminds me, I am usually in the dog-house...Then again when my dog "goes" backwards he is god; yet if one tries to "convince" a cat backwards one may as well sit on a tac.
    I would summize depending on ones' psychological needs one may either lean to god, tac, or a combination of. We happen to have both and we try to keep them (unlike our Supreme Court Justices) in equal numbers. We try that is...

    1. unvrso profile image89
      unvrsoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Certainly, dogs have been around humans for more years than cats. And that make them more apt to understand and adapt to the lifestyle of their owner.

  5. Faceless39 profile image94
    Faceless39posted 2 years ago

    Cats are extremely intuitive animals. There's a reason they were worshiped in ancient Egypt, and why they're often considered zen masters! They know much more than they let on, and I personally believe their intelligence often exceeds our own. They own their owners (not the other way around), sleep whenever they want, play whenever they want, and don't really ever work. Seems smart to me! smile

    Dogs have basic intelligence and are extremely loving animals, but I would say that cats are way more intelligent and insightful..

    1. unvrso profile image89
      unvrsoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Very interesting! I don´t really know what is zen masters. Can you explain...

  6. aliasis profile image94
    aliasisposted 2 years ago

    They have different kinds of intelligence.

    Being social animals, dogs appear to have more capability to learn. It helps they they are more cooperative and have more determination to please people than cats. Dogs have bigger brains (which doesn't necessarily mean anything), and dogs have been trained to memorize large amounts of vocabulary and tricks. I remember hearing about a dog that knew something like hundreds of words, the names of its toys.

    Cats on the other hand, have smaller brains and are less cooperative with training. They aren't "social" animals (meaning, they don't live in packs), and those pack animals tend to develop more of what we would recognize as intelligence because of that social dynamic. On the other hand, cats have about twice the neurons in their brains as dogs do, which are used for problem-solving and memory.

    In the end, there's just fewer intelligence work done with cats than dogs, because dogs are so much easier to work with. Cats don't cooperate and have lower motivation for things like treats and food than dogs - this is probably because cats, when they hunt, are "ambush" animals. They hide and jump on animals to exert a burst of energy, but not long-term. They don't chase for long, and will therefore give up easily. That says something about the cat personality, I think, and how even for treats, they would rather give up than work hard for it.

    So both cats and dogs are intelligent among animals. But we can recognize the intelligence of dogs much more easily, and dogs really can be quite intelligent. I absolutely think cats do have intelligence, but it's just less understood at this point. Most probably, cats and dogs are just intelligent in different ways.

    It's also worth noting that dogs have been domesticated for far longer than cats. They have been specifically bred for certain human service purposes (favoring intelligence evolution), whereas cats, which have been pets for a very long time, have served in their natural state - hunting mice and such - and have been selectively bred only much more recently. Dogs may be better at vocabulary, for example, but it should also be noted that cats today are often considered "somewhat wild" still, and would survive in the wild without humans, whereas most pet dogs could not, they've lost their wild survival instincts.

    1. unvrso profile image89
      unvrsoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting overview! Thanks for answering this question.