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Response to Igel (Reply #26)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:31 AM

28. You're right that they're harder to study

But that hasn't stopped plenty of researchers doing it anyway. Cats may be less studied than dogs but there is still a fair amount of lit. Enough for various meta-studies and reviews to confidently claim that, according to current knowledge, dogs are probably smarter than cats. Some tests are difficult but food is always a powerful motivator and allows substantial testing of at least some aspects of cognition. We observe more complex behaviour that indicates more thought-directed responses to situations from the close wild relatives of dogs in their natural environments than we observe for wild relatives of domestic cats.

I mean there's little doubt they have some exceptional cognitive capabilities, particular in the area of perception and the appearance of holding three dimensional maps of their environment in mind. Cognition is obviously not a linear scale. But in terms of grasping object permanence, having a theory of mind and solving problems involving a series of steps, cats appear to lag significantly behind dogs. And this is bolstered by the fact that we expect social animals to be smarter, which gels with observation of many species. This, in itself may be a prejudice that comes out of social animals being easier to communicate with, but I don't think so. Among other obvious influences on general intelligence, animals that communicate more are more likely to hold abstractions about the world in mind, a necessary antecedent to rich communication.

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