Study finds dogs may be smarter than cats, cats disagree


Dogs vs. Cats: Who's smarter? The age-old debate between dog lovers and cat lovers the world over may finally have an answer, according to a recent study. 

It turns out that dogs have about twice the number of neurons in their cerebral cortexes than cats. Dogs have some 500 million neurons compared to cats' 250 million. This suggests that dogs could be about twice as intelligent as cats. The full study and its complete findings are soon to be published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. According to National Geographic, a team of researchers from six different universities in the U.S., Brazil, Denmark, and South Africa contributed to the research.

In a debate that is perhaps as contentious and long-fought as the "Over or Under" Toilet Paper discussion, evidence is key. The study of quantifying intelligence is difficult to pin down; past theories about measuring intelligence considered brain size and structural complexity, which were sometimes controversial. 



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P.s., the "Over/Under" toilet paper debate was pretty much settled in 2015 when the official patent for a toilet paper roll was published illustrating, once and for all, that the "Over" method was the proper toilet paper technique.  Kittens pretty much agree the "over" method is the way to go.



But no matter what the science says about intelligence, it still won't solve the debate on whether dogs are better than cats or cats are better than dogs. (Spoiler alert: We think they're both winners. Dogs are very good. But cats are, just, you know, really, really great.) 

Cats, on the other hand, might have something to say about these findings. 


"Are you sure one of those scientists wasn't just a dog wearing a lab coat?" 



"Seriously? I saw the dog down the street eating his own leavings." 






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    Cats are very smart. If you die in your house with a cat or 2 they will EAT you to stay alive.
    A dog will lay you and die!

  • cindy

    “Remember, according to many studies, humans use only 10% of their mental capacity. Just think what would happen if we increased that to a mere 25%???”

    I’m sorry, but this is a pet peeve of mine. PLEASE stop perpetuating this myth, it’s not true, and there are NO studies backing this. Humans use 100% of their brain over the course of any average day.

  • Kathy

    It is quite clear that this study was done by people who can count cells as a major accomplishment.

    The number of cells means nothing: as Dr. Ruth used to say, “It’s how you use it that counts.” Cats may have fewer neurons but they utilize them with greater efficiency.

    Cats domesticated themselves when they were ready to do so. Dogs were domesticated by humans.

    Remember, according to many studies, humans use only 10% of their mental capacity. Just think what would happen if we increased that to a mere 25%???

  • Marie

    If humans did that research then I think it can’t ever be trusted. Humans declared themselves most intelligent and most superior and yet they behave worse than the dumbest animals and are deceitful as well. There are so many things claiming to have “scientific research” back it up only to be debunked by an opposite study claiming the exact same thing. History and news itself can’t be trusted. So I really don’t give a hoot what this research says, I have long learned to stop basing my beliefs on what “they” say and stick to what I’ve seen and experienced firsthand. To me, cats have always been more emotionally intelligent (even more than most humans I know!) and that’s my yardstick for intelligence that matters most. Neurons alone don’t prove anything.

  • Kelsea

    I mean there’s tons of research on the cognitive ability of dogs, but when they try and do the same with cats, the cats just go “Nah, I don’t feel like doing work,” so I think we all know who the real winners are here.

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