Well, here we go again ;-) We know they're not as obedient, but are cats as smart or smarter than dogs? Surely, you folks who own both must have some insights about this.
And which of the cat breeds are the smartest? Shouldn't the nonbreeds generally be smarter?
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Well, here we go again ;-) We know they're not as obedient, but are cats as smart or smarter than ... have some insights about this. And which of the cat breeds are the smartest? Shouldn't the nonbreeds generally be smarter?

I like what this guy has to say:
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I think it probably depends on the breeds weather they are smarter or not. Personally my dog a boston terriet is alot more stupid then my two cats who are just mixed breeds. I would say that my boy cat is very smart yet my girl cat isnt the brightest in the bunch but she's alot better then my dog:)
Well, here we go again ;-) We know they're not as obedient, but are cats as smart or smarter than ... have some insights about this. And which of the cat breeds are the smartest? Shouldn't the nonbreeds generally be smarter?

Cats are definitely smarter. I grew up with a dog & I now have two cats. This might just be the particular dogs & cats I'm familiar with, though.

Dogs won't try to get around obstacles or figure out work-arounds for everything you do to keep them away from something. With cats you have to think ahead and constantly try to outsmart them if you want to keep them safe and keep some things safe from them.
Cats will figure anything out, like opening cabinets & drawers. Dogs won't bother, they'll just accept that something is out of their reach.

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Cats are more intelligent than humans or dogs. They are also a lot more beautiful as well.

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Well, here we go again ;-) We know they're not as obedient, but are cats as smart or smarter than dogs? Surely, you folks who own both must have some insights about this.

Well, let´s look at people. Do the smartest people take orders or give orders? Emotion: wink Cats seem smarter than we are. They sure know how to control us. LOL
And which of the cat breeds are the smartest? Shouldn't the nonbreeds generally be smarter?

They probably should but I don´t know if they are.
Well, here we go again ;-) We know they're not ... breeds are the smartest? Shouldn't the nonbreeds generally be smarter?

Cats are definitely smarter. I grew up with a dog & I now have two cats. This might just be ... anything out, like opening cabinets & drawers. Dogs won't bother, they'll just accept that something is out of their reach.

I've never owned a dog. That's why I ask. However, I've heard of one work-around typical of dogs: tunnelling under a yard fence (g)

Cats can be very persistent about getting to things other than food. Relentless at times, if that's what you mean.
Cats are more intelligent than humans or dogs. They are also a lot more beautiful as well.

I don't agree, but... interesting.
CP, I get the impression from your comment and your name that you're a bit defensive when it comes to cats. Perhaps there are some ugly people who happen to hate cats in your neighborhood?
circa Tue, 03 Feb 2004 21:55:20 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Knack (Email Removed) said,
X-Received-Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 16:55:20 EST (nwrddc02.gnilink.net) Well, here we go again ;-) We know they're not as obedient, ... have some insights about this. And which of the cat breeds are the smartest? Shouldn't the nonbreeds generally be smarter?

I've known goofyass dumb dogs and whipsmart dogs. I have a cat that is usually about as smart as a box of rocks, or else he's so damned intelligent that he operates on an entirely different plane that is beyond my comprehension. I have another cat whose intelligence is remarkably obvious and who still does things that amaze me after sixteen years of having him. My third cat is related to the box of rocks cat, so she's not really the swiftest, either. I do think it depends on the individual animal, but I do also tend to lean towards cats being the more cognitive species, all in all. Regardless, I love 'em all. :-)
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