Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5229 times:
The cat of course! But seriously, they sleep all day, and when they're not doing that they're busy eating, they play to their heart's content, plus they get petted whenever we get home from work, and all without stressing a muscle. Dogs on the other hand work hard for a living - they have to fetch, they have to beg when commanded to do so, many are gainfully employed by society (sight seeing, drug sniffing, hunting, etc.), and as if that weren't enough, those up north spend their entire lives doing back breaking labor pulling sleds.
Anyway, all jokes aside, it's commonly believed that the cat has more sensitive sight and hearing, but probably not better smell than the canine. They are certainly much better adapted for mobility (springing, jumping, climbing), have very flexible bodies which are capable of surviving falls from extreme heights, and make much better hunters since they have the added advantage of nighttime hunting (thanks to their superior sight, their whiskers and their very sharp sense of hearing) and stealth hunting (stalking, pouncing on prey). Their movements are undetectable, and the bottom of their paws are very sensitive to ground movements and tremors, which makes them capable of detecting prey several meters away. By night they require almost no light to see their prey clearly.
I prefer cats because they're very independent, very clean, they look after and take care for themselves, I don't have to walk them at 4 in the morning, and they don't constantly need your attention. During the course of a normal day, I take care of my business, and the cat takes care of his. We pass each other in the hallway but that's about it, since we each have our own affairs to tend to. At the end of the day we spend time together playing, snuggling, or just watching TV, and at night he sleeps next to me in bed. No wierd odors, no dirty paws, no wet tongue waking me in the morning, although he has been known to walk all over my head whenever I miss his breakfast.
American_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5106 times:
I would say the dog is smarter. Cats are also intelligent animals. There's plus sides to both. As mentioned before, cats are self-reliant and can do everything themselves. You just fill their bowl with food and water. You can even leave them alone for a couple days. Some cats can be really playful and nice and will likc you whenever they are touched and are affectionate. My cat is affectionate but will only basically lick when you rub her belly or scratch her back and sometimes she doesn't want to be bothered, but she's a sweet cat. Dogs, on the other hand, are great animals with big personalities. They are fantastic companions and just great animals to have. However, they smell bad. Getting a dog that doesn't smell like dog...I have yet to see that. You also have to walk them and take them outside to do their business etc.
NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5075 times:
One of my cats will happily drag his feather toy up two flights of stairs to the foot of the bed and announce to me that he wants to play fetch (which he will happily play for 10 minutes before boredom sets in). Another one will nose the water bowl toward the kitchen sink when he thinks it requires topping up.
I'm beginning to think that my cats wish they were dogs.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5296 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5077 times:
No self-respecting cat would ever wish to be a dog. They do pick up some of the dog's behavior when they realize what dogs are doing and the response they get. The cat will mimic the dog to get what he wants, but will never do all the humiliating dog tricks just to pacify a mere human.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5076 times:
This is an apples to oranges question that is skewed and flawed to the point to where no abstract concrete conclusion can be discerned. I mean you are talking about two different species, each equipped to fulfill its niche in nature. the question as stated is not valid since it is not put into context. So asking which one is smarter than the other is baseless. I think the real unspoken question is which is more fashionable.
To get an idea of why no meaningful answer can be concluded from this question, ask yourself the following:
Why hook up a 100 chiuahuas (sp?) to a sled when two malmutes will do the job instinctively? Does that mean that chiuahuas (sp?) are worthless dogs since they cannot pull a sled?
Since a dog cannot climb a tree to chase a rat (to catch and kill), does that mean that dogs are worthless since they cannot be used for vermin control?
Since a 10 pound tabby is no match for a burglar, does that mean that cats are worthless since they cannot be used for protection (unlike-say-a doberman)?
Is an Irish Wolfhound a usless pet because it cannot snuggle up to you on the pillow, unlike a nice little Calico feline?
Because a cat is phycially incapable of fetching a newspaper (or a tennis ball) and grabbing it with its mouth, does that mean it's dumb and untrainable?
Since dogs don't bury their waste, does that make them unsanitary animals?
Is a nuclear physicist in a room full of recording engineers an idiot because he is utterly clueless as to what the engineers are talking about? Does his lack of knowledge in that particular area signal a lack of intelligence on his part?
Jimbobjoe From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5047 times:
This discussion thread seems to have more to do with how people evaluate intelligence than anything else (as Matt D essentially points out.)
But it comes down to:
Dogs are smarter because they do more, and are often useful to humans
Cats are smarter because they not only do less, but successfully evade doing work, yet somehow are justifiable to humans (at least, they put on a good show to justify themselves.)
One problem people have with regards to figuring out cats' intelligence is teaching them tricks--it's often very difficult to teach a cat a trick simply because they don't care to learn. If they do care to learn, they do pick things up.
To me it's all a wash. Something in me though deeply appreciates the devil may care attitude that cats have, in comparison to the deeply passionate, committed attitude of dogs. But a human with the right balance/combination of both would likely be successful and happy in life.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5023 times:
You don't own a cat, it owns you.
Cats and dogs were both worshipped by the Egyptians, but the cats were regarded in the highest ways. And cats haven't been the same since. Some people say that cats have no personality, to this I say b.s. Dogs will work all day in order to get a can of food, a cat, however, just has to meow, and BINGO, dinner is served. So who's the smart one there? Of course dogs for the most part are working animals of the same vein as horses, and mules, they just are more domesticated than other working animals. Is a cat truly smarter than a dog? Depends on which breed of dog it is. I mean a cat is nowhere near as smart as a Border Collie, but there are some dogs that are dumber than dirt. Cats are generally independent animals, to a point. Dogs are real labor-intensive, like any working animal is. Cats do have marketable working skills though; those rats and field mice don't catch themselves you know.
: Dogs are smarter, but cats are far more mature.
: As a cat lover, I must say that cats are smarter.
: Hey, Matt D. I think you are getting a little to involved. I didn't mean for this to turn in to a philisophical debate.... Or did I? I can't remember.
: Even God prefers dogs... After all, dog is God spelled backwards... heh heh...
: Most biologists would contend that cats are the most highly developed carnivore. Whether or not this says anything about intelligence is highly debata
: I'm with you ElPrimier. Cats are the ultimate hunting machine. They can launch an attack from every direction, and are equipped with a wealth of steal
: If i want a dead squirell for dinner, I ask the cat. If I want a pair of eyes or ears to tell me that something is wrong in the world, I ask the dog.
: Aerorobnz, Parrots are the smartest pets. mb Owner of the *yay!* trademark.
: Does it not beg the question, are Cat owners smarter than dog owners? Does that explain why the kreepy escalator clown has a kitty kat? I have cat and
: I had dogs and cats growing up. I'm now a total cat person as they fit my personality. Dogs look into your soul, but cats look into your mind. Dogs do