Are cats intelligent

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Sure, for dog owners, dogs are smarter than cats, and for cat owners, cats are smarter than dogs. Animal expert Mario Ludwig, himself a cat owner, wanted to know exactly and looked for scientific studies.

The scientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel from Vanderbilt University in Nashville studied the cerebral cortex of dogs and cats. She compared the number of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex. Result: dogs have 530 million neurons, almost twice as many as cats have 250 million. This means that the dog's prerequisites for accomplishing complex things are significantly better.

The number of neurons says nothing about intelligence

However, the Austrian biologist and behavioral researcher Kurt Kotrschal limits this. According to him, the number of neurons alone does not prove that one animal is more intelligent than the other, says Mario Ludwig. According to Kotrschal, the most important thing is the density of neurons and their networking.

"Dogs and cats are probably about equally smart."
Mario Ludwig, Deutschlandfunk Nova animal expert

Therefore, according to Deutschlandfunk-Nova animal expert Mario Ludwig, it is not possible to say clearly which of the two species is smarter. Because there are clear differences in certain abilities of dogs and cats. The pet researcher Immanuel Birmelin, for example, discovered that cats could count better than dogs. In contrast, the dog has a rather "communicative intelligence".

Dog and cat are equally smart

In a study by the University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University, scientists analyzed over 300 publications dealing with the cognitive abilities of dogs. Result: dogs are not exceptionally intelligent compared to other animals - not even compared to cats.

"On average, cat owners are smarter than dog owners."
Mario Ludwig, Deutschlandfunk Nova animal expert

But what there is scientific evidence for: Cat owners are on average more intelligent than dog owners. At least that's what Denise Guastello, a psychologist at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, found out. She questioned 600 students about their relationship to cats and dogs and subjected them to a small intelligence test. Result: The cat lovers did better than the dog lovers. During the investigation, however, the researcher also found that the dog fans surveyed are more spirited and more willing to make contracts than the cat lovers, who are more likely to be introverted.

Another study by the University of Bristol with almost 3000 respondents looked at the level of education of cat and dog owners. According to this, 47.2 percent of cat owners have a university degree, compared to only 38.4 percent of dog owners.

This is probably not due to the animals themselves. The scientists assume that people with a higher level of education are severely limited in terms of work and time and that they have too little time to deal with a dog. Therefore, they would be more inclined to cats.