Science claims that cat owners are smarter than dog owners… what do you reckon? 117



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We’ve fought like cats and dogs over which animal makes a better pet, but now there’s another score to settle. Controversial research has argued that cat owners are smarter than dog owners!

Scientists from Carroll University in America found that cat owners scored more highly on IQ tests, when compared to dog owners. Personality testing also revealed that cat owners are generally more sensitive and open-minded than canine-loving cohorts.

That’s not to bark at dog owners though, who according to tests are more energetic and outgoing. Dog owners may also make better law-abiders, with research showing they happily follow rules.

Professor Denise Guastello explained that personality differences could be due to the environments that pet owners prefer.

“It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog”, Guastello said.

“Whereas, if you’re more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”

Meanwhile in other new research, a leading clinic has revealed that people can actually sleep better with pets in bed. According to the Mayo Clinic, 41% of people say having pets in bed makes them feel safe and secure.

This is especially true for people who sleep alone, who reported that having a cat or dog under the covers is both comforting and relaxing.

“Many pet owners view companion animals as family members that they wish to incorporate into as many aspects of their life as possible”, researchers explained. 

“Because humans spend considerable time sleeping, a pet owner’s desire to have animals close at night is understandable”.

Do you agree that cat owners are smarter than dog owners? Are the cat owners you know more introverted? Are the dog owners you know more outgoing?


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  1. I don’t believe what u have found in your research, I’m brilliant and so is my grand dog, lol!!!! 😊

  2. I must be like Einstein then ,I have three fur babies oh and energetic as well as I have my dog too,ha. Not either but I can dream.

  3. Cats eat mice & rats with toxoplasmosis, how does that make them smarter. Gullible more like?

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    • Dogs eat poo 💩 roll in things long dead and generally if left to be dogs can be revolting creatures. We had a Dalmatian that buried bones and dug them up only when crawling with maggots then ate them. Yuk

    • I’ve never seen a dog eat poo. Smell it maybe but never eat it. And my spoilt Pooch only ever eats fresh. Turns her nose up at anything else

    • Dont ever forget that both dogs & cats are smarter than humans! We think we are the master when they get the free ride with all the goodies! Still make good companions at that price though!

  4. Personally I find not many people dumber than those who say “ugh I hate cats” and when you ask them why “cos” is their only answer. As a cat lover of course I am sensitive, intelligent, whatever – but I also own a dog so I am back to being just normal like most animal lovers. I do find though those who like to the life and soul of the party and the centre of attention rarely like cats as cats don’t play to human ego like dogs.

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