It turns out cartoons lied to us. CatDog , The Jungle Book , Garfield , Animaniacs , and Futurama all portray felines as smugly intellectual, and typically smarter than dogs. This extends to stereotypes of owneds as well: cat people are bookish, intellectual, and introverted, while dog owneds are jocks. Well, suck it, cat people: dogs are the smart ones. That is, if cortical neuron counting is a good indicator of intelligence, but let’s not complicate things with a measured approach to this scientific news. Dogs rule, cats drool( if your cat is actually drooling, run determine a veterinarian ).

In the past I’ve been a cat owner, and I’m currently a puppy proprietor. Honestly I have no predilection, there’s still a little cardboard box in my nerve for felines. But I’m reasonably convinced bird-dogs are smarter, and we just suppose felines are smart because they were born with a haughty, aloof expres. When they sit loftily, perched upon a bookshelf as they survey their surroundings with impassive eyes, it seems like they’re believing deep, important, and possibly evil thoughts. “Live is a pastiche of historical mistakes. Humanity is doomed, ” they appear to muse smugly, their internal monologue narrated by Werner Herzog. Really, what’s probably going on in their imperious little chiefs is swooning elevator music, as childish depicts of fish swim over the vast, blank space that is their minds.

Dogs, in contrast, seem stupid because of their excitability. Which is a depressing statement on society’s mindset: “This bird-dog seem to be love everyone and everything, and espouses life with exhilaration. What an idiot.” I’m not a dogologist, but I suspect that excitability and affection is a sign of intelligence. When you’re excited, they read your body language and get excited. When you’re sad, they read your body language and initiate a nestle sequence( or in my dog’s example, aggressive licking ). Though it seems dopey, that kind of social interaction is probably a fairly sophisticated level of cognition. Just … not quite sophisticated enough to know we don’t want to be licked right after we determined that tongue clean their butt .

Katie has a pet Twitter, puppy, and a ghost feline who haunts her dreams .

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