Dogs vs cats: The great pet showdown – life – 09 December 2009 – New Scientist

“THE world is divided into “dog people” and “cat people”, each passionately believing that their preferred pet is superior. Until a decade ago, there was very little scientific evidence either camp could muster to support its claims. Then animal behaviourists became interested in dogs and unleashed a pack of ingenious experiments testing canine capabilities and cognition. Recently, researchers have started doing similar work with cats. Could it be time for that showdown?”

via Dogs vs cats: The great pet showdown – life – 09 December 2009 – New Scientist.

One thought on “Dogs vs cats: The great pet showdown – life – 09 December 2009 – New Scientist

  1. Dogs have a master, Cats have staff!
    Since everyone knows that cats are smarter than humans, how can humans, even scientists, do a study on cat behaviour with accurate results?
    Within weeks of birth, kittens are taught by their mothers to use kitty litter and to groom themselves. Humans take several years of careful training to learn the same procedures. Dogs never learn. They have to be taken for walks, will not bury their business; they need pooper scoopers to do the job for them. Their cleanliness requires that they be bathed by humans, consuming large amounts of water and poluting the rivers with dirty soap suds. Cats clean themselves, without using either water or soap (very ecologically friendly).
    Cats can catch a house fly in flight, and do not leave a mess for humans to clean up. (They eat the fly!)
    My Burmese cat can adjust the thermostat for the gas fireplace a couple of degrees when she is cold. Probably a dog could be trained to do this, but my cat taught herslef. No doubt the dog would push the thermostat as far as possible, and then die of the heat!

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