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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  • nalahong1019
    nalahong10192 months
    I'm a dog person, but I'm one of the smartest kids in my class at school.
    • alphawolf13
      alphawolf136 months
      I like dogs better, but I still like cats. I have 7 dogs, sooooo...
      • alphawolf13
        alphawolf136 months
        It makes sense why I love them most. lol
      • im_carly_shay
        CAT OWNERS ARE SMARTER
        • littleartist
          littleartist8 months
          I like cats better-a certain cat best. My cat.
          • pippin5
            pippin58 months
            It really depends but.... I like dogs better cause they can sense when your sad and make life a whole lot better. Also dogs are more active and love to interact with you, but cats are just kinda lazy and don’t interact with you or care about you. I can see why people like cats because their really cute and all but, there’s just a special bond between dogs and humans. And every time you see a dog or rub one it just fills you with joy which is really special! Dogs are also SUPER smart
            • queennonobidodo
              Not true! My cat,Noelle,gives me love every day!Cats are not lazy! They're super smart,too! After all, a house is not a home without a cat!
              • queennonobidodo
                Not true!! My cat, Noelle, gives me love every day! Cats are smarter than dogs! And cats are not lazy!
                • pinklilcow
                  pinklilcow8 months
                  Pipin5 my cat is not lazy 😩
                  • sokeefe_forever
                    Yeah, I totally agree with that! I think dogs are my favorite, but I do like cats too.
                  • kkdelaya
                    kkdelaya8 months
                    I have a tan tabby named Enzo and he dosnen't hiss
                    • kurz
                      kurz8 months
                      Cats are better!!!
                    • jyroligykunixy
                      jyroligykunixyabout 1 year
                      i like dogs and cats do fight over it we all have opinions
                      • unipug2
                        unipug28 months
                        Agree. I have a cat and dog.
                        • sokeefe_forever
                          I have three cats and a puppy and alot of other animals bc I live on a farm.
                      • goodvibesonly09
                        goodvibesonly09about 1 year
                        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!
                        • 5000unicorns
                          5000unicorns8 months
                          people have difrint intrists i like cats
                        • 11008800
                          11008800about 1 year
                          I got bitten by a dog when I was young so I DO NOT LIKE DOGS!!