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Old 01-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #16
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I haven't had a dog since I was young, and I've had some very smart cats.

One of your female kitties figured out how to turn on the radio to wake us up to feed her at the same time on Sat & Sun that it usually wakes us up during the week !

We have a almost 4 year old Bengel mix who has asthma the other day while I was giving him his breathing treatment he suddenly reached up with his foot and pushed the breathing chamber away after only two breaths, he gets four. He sat back a bit, took a couple of breaths swollowed then stuck his face right back up to the chamber, he knew he wasn't finished but he needed a breath of fresh air.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #17
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:58 PM   #18
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:15 PM   #19
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I don't think that there's much difference intelligence wise. The difference is that dogs are more eager to please, since they're pack animals. Cats are solo animals, and it shows in their attitude. I think that people will choose one over the other, as far as intelligence, based on which one they prefer to interact with. (Yes, I ended that sentence with a preposition. )

I'm a dog person, and generally I dislike cats. But the one that's nosing around my feet at somebody else's house, or that puts a paw on my lap before climbing on for a snooze -- that one's different, of course. Particularly when they start purring.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:10 AM   #20
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My sisters cat knows how to open the door! Only problem is she doesn't have thumbs. Otherwise it would be open when she wanted out for a walk.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:11 AM   #21
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Depends on the cat or dog. I would tend to lead more towards dogs because I prefer them.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:17 AM   #23
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My dog (I loooove him) is not smart. He's a sweet, goofy, loveable lump, but not smart.

My cat, is brilliant. We sometimes call him Stewie (from Family Guy). He knows how to get exactly what he wants. He is not interested in snuggling unless he initiates it. (and it's awesome when he does ) He is a master manipulator. He is a master stalker. He is the coolest cat ever. Ever.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:33 AM   #24
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On average cats are smarter, but individual dogs (or breeds of dogs...border collies, for instance) can be smarter than the average cat. With dogs you really do have to take the breed into account. Some dogs have purposefully been bred stupid because...well...it's cute. Cats have not been subject as much to human interference.

I say this as someone who has worked with a number of different animals, including training cats in a laboratory setting.

The harder question is whether horses or dogs are smarter. People are always surprised when I say that I think, on average, horses are smarter (but once again that individual dogs or breeds of dogs can be smarter than the average horse).

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Old 01-12-2013, 01:29 AM   #25
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In general, I believe cats are smarter but I've met a few dogs that were pretty darn clever.

I prefer dumb animals. Seriously. I have two cats and a golden retriever. One of the cats is like Forrest Gump in feline form, and the dog isn't much better. They are loving, sweet, eager to please, and easygoing. The other cat is smart as can be. She is aloof and manipulative. Once she gets what she wants, she is done with you. She rules both of the dummies. The dog outweighs her by 80 pounds and she is totally the boss of him. It's hilarious!
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:58 AM   #26
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I've had both intelligent and goofy cats so it varies. I also know that some dogs are clueless but others seem to understand everything.

In other words, I think that they're at about the same level.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:15 AM   #27
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When I was a kid we had a Pyrenean mountain dog who could open doors, and a persian cat who could open the fridge door. We found this out when a 5lb rib roast and some pate disappeared from the fridge!

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:16 AM   #28
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Dogs are smarter but cats are craftier, sneakier and more independant. You can yell at a dog and they will know what you mean...I cat might know what you mean but couldn't care less
My dog is like that too. He's a hound breed that's usually considered unintelligent. He's not. He's just more difficult to train than the breeds that are thought of as intelligent. He has a different motivation for doing things. He's a wonderful dog but he seems to be more about making himself happy than making his owners happy. If he wants something, crafty & sneaky describe him exactly. He will come up with creative ways to get what he wants and is always in trouble for doing things he shouldn't. He just seems to weigh whether or not what he wants is worth getting in trouble (he usually decides it is).
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #29
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I have both and it's a toss up. I have 3 herding dogs and they are smarter than most people...I have a golden and well...let's just say he's pretty. I have 3 cats that are really smart and one cat that well.....he's pretty. Lol.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:47 AM   #30
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Both. just like people i believe..... all different! I have 2 dogs,2 cats.....one of each is smarter....I have one ill tempered difficult dog who is SO intelligent,and understands SO much, we communicate fairly easily. I also have one cat who is simply the BEST pet ever, and comes without fail whenever she is called,from wherever she is. Awesome,smart kitty.
I also have a stupid cat who forgets who we are on a daily basis,and a sweet dog who is dumb as a post,but very loving. We also have a smart betta fish,but I guess that's OT (my ds taught him to jump and touch his finger for food)
We also have a dumb lizard that won't eat on it's own,and he hand feeds it. LOL
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