Dogs vs. cats is a common debate that people love to discuss. One of the areas that always gets considered is intelligence. When it comes to dog intelligence vs. cat intelligence there is a lot to consider. I put a list together to explore the reasons that cats could be considered smarter than dogs. Check out the list and enjoy!\n\n\n\n1. Do Cats Have Good Brains?\n\n\n\nOne of the most amazing things about a cat\u2019s brain is its number of neurons in the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex in a cat\u2019s brain contains almost DOUBLE the number of neurons than a dog\u2019s brain \u2013 300 million VS 160 million.\u00a0\n\n\n\nIn the brain game, it\u2019s not the size of the brain that counts, but the brain structure and surface folds that have more impact.\n\n\n\nBelieve it or not, the surface folding and structure of a cat\u2019s brain have a 90% similarity to that of humans! So a cat\u2019s brain is more similar to ours than a dog\u2019s, and there\u2019s more!\n\n\n\nThe cerebral cortex is the area of the brain used for processing cognitive information. This part of the brain in cats is far greater and more complex than that of dogs. Cats have more nerve endings in their visual areas of the brain (part of the cerebral cortex) than human beings do!\n\n\n\n2.\u00a0\u00a0 Cat Social Structure\n\n\n\nCat\n\n\n\nThe myth the cats are not social creatures is precisely that \u2013 a myth. The study of feral cat colonies and other cat social behavior indicates that cats do indeed form complex social structures, and they do this to ensure their survival.\n\n\n\nThere have been anecdotal stories about different mother cats going around to other litters of kittens and nurtured them as if they were their own.\n\n\n\nAccording to the Center for Canine Behavior, this behavior is called \u2018aunting,\u2019 and cross-suckling and communal hunting are strong indicators of an intelligent symbiotic structure.\n\n\n\nCommunal feeding and cleaning were everyday events. This dynamic ensured that no kitten was abandoned or underfed, resulting in a high percentage of kittens that successfully achieved adulthood and a low rate of premature deaths.\n\n\n\nSeveral female cats will bond together and defend their \u2018den\u2019 against other females, while the younger male members of the community will attack and drive off wandering males.\n\n\n\n3.\u00a0\u00a0Cat Short Term Memory\n\n\n\nAs anyone with a dog knows, they have profound short-term memory loss- a bit like Dory from \u2018Finding Nemo.\u2019 The number of videos showing dogs falling for the same trick over and over again to the endless amusement of their owners is evidence of this.\n\n\n\nIn an experiment done by Dr. Maier, professor of psychology at the\u00a0University of Michigan and\u00a0Dr. Schneirla, curator at the\u00a0Dept. of Animal Behavior,\u00a0American Museum of Natural History,\u00a0a series of boxes were set up to measure and test memory and recall as a measure of IQ.\n\n\n\nMany boxes were shown to both cats and dogs, and they were taught that only the box with the lighted lamp on top held the food underneath it. The light was then turned on briefly once the training was complete.\n\n\n\nTo test the animal\u2019s memory, they were prevented from going to the box for a some time. The results showed that canine recall lasted no longer than FIVE minutes, while the cat could remember which box the food was under for an incredible SIXTEEN HOURS- that\u2019s 960 minutes or 192 times LONGER than a dog!\n\n\n\nWhen it comes to the ability to remember, cats have a far superior recall than dogs \u2013 so if you are looking to hide anything from your cat after they know where it was, keep this little snippet of info in mind!\n\n\n\nThis is also probably why your cat will continue and persist if they want something when they know where it is and sulks when you don\u2019t give it to them!\n\n\n\n4. Cat Problem Solving\n\n\n\nCat\n\n\n\nBelieve it or not, scientists have compared the problem-solving ability of adult cats to that of a three-year-old human child! Their ability to open doors by turning doorknobs, open cupboards, turn off lights, ringing doorbells, and even use the toilet just by OBSERVING their humans shows tremendous intelligence.\n\n\n\nOne may argue that dogs can do many of these behaviors themselves, but the difference is that dogs are TRAINED to do this by humans; they don\u2019t mimic this behavior through observation! We\u2019ll talk more about training a bit later on.\n\n\n\nThis is learning by trial and error, and the old saying that \u2018Dogs have owners and cats have slaves\u2019 probably is based on this particular skill as anyone who has had a three-year-old and knows how manipulative they can see how cats have been able to \u2018train us\u2019 to get what they want!\n\n\n\nIt makes you think. The next time you catch your cat watching you do something, keep this in mind!\n\n\n\n5.\u00a0\u00a0Cats and Humans\n\n\n\nCats figured out a long, long time ago what makes their human owners tick and, as such, have fine-tuned their ability to control and manipulate us as they need. If you are not a cat owner, then this will seem a little far-fetched.\n\n\n\nIf you are a cat owner, right now, you are nodding your head in agreement! They are independent, have distinct personalities, and don\u2019t \u2018sit and stay\u2019 as dogs do. Cats are not people pleasers at all and won\u2019t usually engage in a behavior for the sake of pleasing their owner.\n\n\n\nCats are notorious for not obeying or repeating behavior that suits them, like stealing food or treats, knocking ornaments and other items of tables and ledges because these items are in their way, or they like to watch our reaction!\n\n\n\n\n\n6.\u00a0 Cats on the Internet\n\n\n\nNow, while this is not a direct reason why cats are more intelligent than dogs, as they don't control the content on the internet ( or do they?), their undeniable dominance on social media channels says something about their appeal to ALL humans.\n\n\n\nI mean, if you want to take over the world, the best way to do that is to rule the information superhighway and capture the attention of the world and be THE MOST VIEWED ANIMALS ON THE PLANET!\n\n\n\nPerhaps one could argue that cats have figured out that their natural and exceptional athletic ability combined with abject cuteness and the occasional very clumsy jump or fall is the perfect combination for getting great heaps of attention and rewards!\n\n\n\nThey have taken that insight and the apparent positive reaction they get from their human underlings and realize that performing for the camera puts them in a position of power over both humans and dogs and so achieve domination of the world in a peaceful yet playful manner.\n\n\n\nThat sounds like a brilliant method that would elevate them to a position of rule with no violence or other intimidating behavior required.\n\n\n\n7.\u00a0 Cats Can Solve Puzzles\n\n\n\nAnother fascinating aspect of feline intelligence is the ability of cats to solve puzzles without human guidance or dependence.\n\n\n\nDogs will look to their humans for guidance and direction when puzzle solving, while cats will persist until the solution is achieved!\n\n\n\nThe motivation here for dogs is to please their owners, while cats appear to persist for their reasons and not for the approval or reward from their owners.\n\n\n\nConsider that humans have bred and trained dogs for centuries to be dependent on us for guidance in solving problems and not encouraged them to be independently able. The aloof nature of cats and their lower inclination to accept social training has allowed them to evolve their independent problem-solving abilities.\n\n\n\nThis skill is more likely to have developed from their base nature as predators, and this would have honed problem-solving skills like how to catch hidden prey and remember where that prey was hiding or last seen.\n\n\n\n8.\u00a0 Cat Nose Sensitivity\n\n\n\nThere have been many stories over the centuries of cats being able to identify illness in people. While there are as many stories of dogs doing the same, cats seem to have what can only be described as advanced intuition regarding sickness and death in people.\n\n\n\nOscar \u2018The Therapy Cat\u2019 has been living at Steer House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, since 2005.\n\n\n\nHe is frequently seen doing rounds in the facility and would end up sleeping next to terminally ill patients that pass away a few hours later.\n\n\n\nThe argument may be that changing chemical processes in bodies that are in the process of death emit smells that cats can interpret, but there is more to this than just olfactory changes. Research done by Sciencedirect.com shows that cats are believed to be better able to differentiate between a wider diversity of smells.\n\n\n\nResearchers believe this ability gives cats the upper hand in detecting illness and imminent death in people.\n\n\n\n9.\u00a0\u00a0Do Cats Communicate with Body Language?\n\n\n\nCats rely on body language as an integral part of communication with other cats and other species, including humans. To be successful, cats need to be in tune with biological and behavioral changes. \n\n\n\nThis is one area in which is where they trump their canine counterparts.\n\n\n\nCats can sense changes in body temperature as this is part of the biological changes they are most attuned. This sense, along with their highly developed sense of smell differentiation, borders almost on intuition. This is why cats like Oscar and many others can detect impending death and illness in people and other animals.\n\n\n\n10. Cat Motivation\n\n\n\nWhile there are some other indicators of feline intelligence, like learning complex routines and engaging in complex social behavior, we will look at one of the most significant differences between cats and dogs lies in their training.\n\n\n\nThe evidence suggests a fundamental difference between the motivation in dogs and cats when performing specific actions for reward.\n\n\n\nWe have all seen many programs on how to train dogs with the \u2018food reward\u2019 system, but research shows that while dogs will perform to either get praise, a reward, or both from their owner, cats had an additional consideration.\n\n\n\nThat consideration was whether the activity was exciting and fun for the cat! Cats will often opt out of action if they have no interest in it as they get easily frustrated and bored, which is why cats don't always do what they are told!\n\n\n\nCats are, by nature, more impulsive and have less patience. This means cats won\u2019t tolerate boring activities for long and instead engage in something more stimulating or rewarding.\n\n\n\nThe higher social IQ of dogs means that they will do anything for a positive response from their owners, whether it\u2019s a smile or treat, but cats can solve more challenging problems and perform required tasks IF they feel like it!\n\n\n\n11. Cats Are Mysterious\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s clear that cats are more intelligent than dogs in some ways, and the same can be said for dogs having certain areas where they hold the advantage.\n\n\n\nRealistically it\u2019s a little unfair to compare the two species against each other. Dogs and cats have different places and a very different history of domestication with humans.\n\n\n\nDogs played multiple roles from hunting to protection, transport (dog sleds), search and rescue, and companionship, while cats expanded their natural hunter role to become valued as pest killers and then adopted us into their lives.\n\n\n\nOver the years, cats have shown us both their tender side and their wild side, mixed with physical feats of skill that leave the very best athletes green with envy and the average human scratching their heads in disbelief.\n\n\n\nWhat is undeniable here is that, like the oceans of the world, we know relatively very little about cats compared to dogs. As our knowledge and understanding of these phenomenal creatures grow, they will continue to amaze us with their abilities and intelligence for centuries to come.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nIn conclusion, cats are awesome animals with high intelligence that are still mysterious. 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