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Comparison of cat and dog people in intelligence and sociability

Nothing like a good cat people vs. dog people debate to kick off the morning right!

Denise Guastello, a researcher from Carroll University in Wisconsin, presented the findings of a study conducted on 600 college students that revealed cat people scored higher in the area of intelligence, while dog people preferred a good frolic in the park with their friends.

“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.”

The team admits the findings might not hold for other age groups, but it is fuel for the fire of this ongoing cultural conflict.


Full story at LiveScience.

New ammunition in the pet wars.

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  • Julie

    What a waste of time. Pity you have nothing better to do and nothing better to spend your funding/money on.

  • Bill

    Dumbest study ever.

  • Looks like Bill and Julie own dogs (i.e. – aren’t smart. 😉

  • doc

    apparently this was written by a “dog” person. the headline claims that there will be information about intelligence, but there isn’t…

  • What an intelligent study. Can we go for a walk now?!?!?!

  • Steve

    Do the sutdy of 40 yr olds and you will see the results of toxoplasmosis.

  • I used to be a strictly dog person until the home we bought 17 years ago, we adopted a cat from the person who we bought …He asked us to just feed her daily. She was strictly an outside cat. When Suzy Q passed right before a vacation, we were directed by our vet to a family’s cat that just had a litter. We visited, picked out two. On the way back home from vacation, we stopped and picked up our new family.Pandora who lived to be 15, and Beauty lived to be just 2 due to an inner ear issue with balance. They were loving, brilliant, and could be trained. We have since adopted other kitten. Three seem to be a good number for us. We now have a 1-yr. old Calico(Cali) , 2 (Saraii) & 3 yr.old tabbies. They are the best little ones we ever had. They are inside/outside animals. We don’t have to get up early to let them out. We can let dry kibble out all day, and they graze. They usually come when called. My oldest, 3-yr.old tabby (Ayla) is the most loving animal I’ve ever had, she had been a feral cat. Ayla will cuddle with me while I watch TV or on my lap when I’m on the computer. They are equally affectionate to my husband. When they get caught in a rainstorm outside, I have no doggy “aroma” to deal with.