Are Dogs Smarter than Cats? Submitted by LiveScience Staffposted: 17 June 2009 09:57 am ETThe answer to this question probably won't change the fact that dogs and cats are the most popular pets. But it's a good argument starter.In an experiment, scientists gave cats string with a treat on the end. The cats would pull the string and get the treat. Faced with two strings — one bearing a treat, the other not — the cats were befuddled.Dogs figured the two-string experiment out, however. "Cats do not understand cause-and-effect connections between objects," the researcher says. Perhaps that explains how they can sneak up and scratch you, again and again, even though you make it clear you do not like it. Dogs, well, they learn to please, don't they?A study in 2007 found dogs could use touch-screen computers to accurately classify color photographs by recognizing the concept of a dog vs. a photo with no dog. _________________________________________________________________I'm a dog person but I love cats also. For myself I'm not sure as humans we know enough about what intelligence really is to define it with a quantitative measurement. I know a few people who are academically brilliant but in nearly all other aspects of life morons. So what does their intelligence mean? I don't know that anyone has a meaningful academic answer for that. Now try and apply that measure to another species. I think it's flawed.
Are Dogs Smarter than Cats?
I've always considered a basic definition of intelligence to be the most accurate...
The ability to apply finite knowledge.
basically, it doesn't matter how much you know, it's how you use it. It also tends to best express itself as logic.
I think there are different sorts of intelligence, and it's necessary to specify what sort is being measured.Dogs can learn more words of command than cats, so they are smarter in that respect also. But it doesn't seem to worry cats at all.