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!


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  • jyroligykunixy
    jyroligykunixySaturday, August 29, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    i like dogs and cats do fight over it we all have opinions
    • goodvibesonly09
      goodvibesonly09Monday, July 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm
      GUYS stop fighting 😟 cats and dogs are both AWESOME in my opinion I like dogs better because I am more of an active person but some of us would rather snuggle with our animals dogs and cats are BOTH great!
      • 11008800
        11008800Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:22 pm
        I got bitten by a dog when I was young so I DO NOT LIKE DOGS!!
        • bookfan2008
          bookfan2008Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 8:16 am
          I love both cats AND dogs! But, we all have our own opinion. I have never owned a cat tho...
          • fox1568
            fox1568Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:47 pm
            it depends
            • animereina2020
              animereina2020Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:25 am
              I think that both cats and dogs are CUTE. I love cats and dogs 2!
              • kittykatoof
                kittykatoofWednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:08 am
                Leave a like and follow if CATS RULE
                • kittykatoof
                  kittykatoofWednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:08 am
                  I always loved cats and im really smart
                  • 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