So, who’s smarter: dogs or cats? Following a Vanderbilt University study, WGN Radio’s John Williams invited me on his show to explain.
For starters, I argue with John about how he presented the question. Dogs and cats are not ‘its,’ they’re not things. Dogs and cats are real, living, and breathing beings. And, I mention that most newspapers, blogging sites, and publishers now agree with that. We now know that pets have the same emotions we do, but they’re obviously expressed differently). We know this by looking inside their brains.
By counting neurons in the prefrontal cortex, according to the Vanderbilt study, dogs win the IQ over cats. But it’s not as easy as all that. For starters, as I explain in a detailed piece I wrote about dog vs. cat smarts, another study showed just the opposite: that cats, after all, had a bigger win over the IQ of dogs.
So, how do you assess intelligence? I suggest some ideas.
And, listeners chimed in with their own definitions and descriptions of their personal pets, both on the dog side and on the cat side.