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Jan 5, 2012 2:12 PM

Cats or Dogs?

I have heard a lot about this topic but which is really more intelligent a cat or a dog
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    Jan 5, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to Cathryne)
    Re: Cats or Dogs?
    I think neither! they are both more intellingent in their own way .For example : dogs can sniff down criminals , aid the disabled , rescue : cats can turn on washing machines ,clean themselves ,climb trees ,hunt! It depends what you`re talking about
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      Jan 11, 2012 3:07 PM (in response to Jessy)
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      Agree, difficult to decide which criteria to base "cleverness" on.  For example, my dog understands a number of spoken words (bone, biscuit, ball, teddy will get him to retrieve specific toys or go to specific cupboards) but the cat seems totally oblivious and, like most cats, ignores us when we speak to her.  However, the cat can open doors and cupboards (especially if she can get at food) and has far more manual dexterity than the dog.  The dog will "speak" to order, but it's the cat who says hello (a two-syllable"Mrr-meo") when we get home and say hello to her.  On balance I don't think it's down to intelligence, just the best way these species find to manipulate human behaviour!!.
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    Jan 14, 2012 5:28 PM (in response to Cathryne)
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    I heard a saying (by someone famous - George bernard Shaw???) that sums up some of the differences between cats, dogs...and pigs!

     

    "Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, but pigs treat you as equals!"

     

    I'm not sure if this is a measure of intelligence or not, but cats, unlike dogs, are not pack animals.  Cats are too smart to do tricks just because we want them to!  They don't have the urge to please their pack leader as dogs do.

     

    Pet cats often seem to look on the people of their household as dull, but occasionally useful, friends.  Like Sherlock Holmes with Dr Watson.  We do provide food, a warm home, toys, good places to scratch and a comfortable lap (or bed, or whatever) when required.  But we are absolutely hopeless at catching mice; in spite of all their efforts to teach us.  Even a kitten learns that art better than a human, and practices diligently at every opportunity!

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