Are Cat Owners Smarter Than Dog Owners? This Study Certainly Thinks So

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The fact that dogs and cats dislike each other is no secret. Now the results of this new study may evoke a similar feeling between the animal owners. That's because it asserts that cat owners are generally smarter than dog owners!

The new wisdom that was revealed by Denise Guastello at the annual Association for Psychological Science convention held in San Francisco, CA, from May 22-25th, is based on a survey of 600 university students. The Associate Professor of Psychology at Wisconsin's Carroll University asked the youngsters to identify themselves as dog or cat lovers and describe what they liked most about their choice of animal. The survey also included questions that helped the researcher assess their personalities. When the results were analyzed, the professor came away with the conclusion that cat people were intellectually superior than dog people.

Denise says that the results are intuitive because people who prefer dogs generally like being outdoors with their pets, interacting with other like-minded people. In contrast, those that prefer cats have personalities that are more introverted. They would rather spend their days reading or on some other 'intellectual' activity. She believes that it is probably why they chose cats in the first place.

For those that are a little skeptical, here is some unfortunate news - This is not the first time researchers have reached this conclusion. A 2010 study performed by U.K.'s Bristol University stated that 'cat' people were more educated than 'dog' people'.

The data collected from the 2980 people surveyed, showed that cat people were about 1.5 times more likely to have degrees than those that own dogs. However it was not the choice of pet that made them smarter or dumber. It was just that the people with degrees were in jobs that required longer working hours and therefore chose pets that were better suited to this busy lifestyle. Before coming to this conclusion, the scientists did eliminate the possibility of the choice of pet being based on any kind of income disparity.

However, not all is lost for dog owners. While they may be not as smart, their pets sure are. That was revealed by a 2009 study in which cats and dogs were presented with two pieces of string, only one of which was attached to a food reward - Guess which one could never tell which one to pull for the treat? The so-called smart cats of course!

Resources: telegraph.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk,huffingtonnpost.com

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754 Comments
  • flip27
    flip27Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:01 am
    Cat’s are better than dogs and kittens are cuter
  • kittycatgirl09
    kittycatgirl09Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    I love dogs and cats. It honestly really depends on what specific dog or cat you have. I've owned dogs and cats and they are both smart in different ways
    • lpscollie01
      lpscollie01Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm
      Um no I'm in smartest math class and a cat owner is in middle and I'm dog owner!! So get a dog and you'll be smart( in my opinion)!!!!!
      • queen_onyx
        queen_onyxWednesday, January 1, 2020 at 1:31 pm
        LOL bestie!!
      • puppypalace
        puppypalaceWednesday, November 27, 2019 at 8:46 am
        I wish cats were dogs because dogs rule
        • tytydoggo
          tytydoggoTuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:11 am
          Dogs are better doggo love -.-
          • nat's animalvetSunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:33 am
            And plus there are more specheies of cats.
            • nat's animalvetSunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:30 am
              So,I'd say cats are smarter.
              • nat's animalvetSunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:28 am
                Cat's are cute so are to but,the amout of stuipidy is high for dogs.
                • queen_onyx
                  queen_onyxWednesday, January 1, 2020 at 1:33 pm
                  My dogs and my cousin's dog are super smart, you.
                • puppypalace
                  puppypalaceFriday, October 11, 2019 at 2:42 pm
                  Dogs rule!🐕🐕
                  • puppypalace
                    puppypalaceThursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:47 pm
                    Dogs are smarter