Originally Posted by Going Nova
They did assume that the cats would want the treat in the first place.
Another question I have is how a cat's vision would affect their ability to choose between two strings, assuming the cat did want to get the treat?
That study is so dumb... If it was me, I would be ashamed of publishing it.
First of: ONE test alone will not test an animal IQ. If we take an IQ test, for example, there will be about 150-200 questions of different types... One test with a few variations is not enough to be considered statistically.
Second: Cat, as we know, are not social. If I take my cats into a "lab" like this for a test, I guarantee you they would all freeze. If the cat is anywhere outside of their comfort zone, they will not function properly. Dogs are not like that at all... anywhere is game for them.
Third: My cats are very specific as far as treats goes - Lucky likes a completely different type of treats that Bugsy, and they don't eat each others' treats. Dogs are much less finicky about their treats.
fourth: a cat thinks like a cat, and a dog like a dog - the same tests shouldn't apply - these humans should be smart enough to figure that out and formulate equivalent tests for each species. I think the humans in this case are dumber than both dogs and cats.