Who’s Smarter: Cats Or Dogs? New Study Answers Age Old Question!

A research conducted by Vanderbilt University has shed light on the matter that has been debated cat ladies and dog lovers for a long time now; who’s smarter? cats or dogs?

It’s a win for dog lovers. According to author Suzana Herculano-Houzem, dogs have twice the amount of neurons than cats. Neurons are associated with complex behavior patterns such as thinking, planning and intelligence.

Dogs have 530 million cortical neurons while cats only have 250! That’s less than half.

“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,”

Meanwhile, humans have 16 billion! No wonder we’re on top of the food chain!

Houzel is a dog lover. She is “100 percent a dog person.”

“But, with that disclaimer, our findings mean to me that dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can,” said Houzel. “At the least, we now have some biology that people can factor into their discussions about who’s smarter, cats or dogs.”

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