I have had cats since I was five years old, and am definitley your proverbial "cat person". My sister, (another cat person), and I had a friendly argument about the intelligence of cats compared to say dogs or other animals. She thinks cats are the smartest animals around. Even though they are far and away my favorite animal in the world, I don't think they are a very intelligent animal compared to say a dog, or some other animals. I also have three dogs and they are trainable in ways a cat is impossible to train. A cat can also be caught with an empty box if you wanted to catch one, because of their reckless curiousity. Cats generally do not learn their names. They more react to sounds or sometimes a voice. A dog knows its name, and in fact knows the name of other dogs that it lives with (I know this because when I call another dog in my house to come to me, the other ones will immediately get up and try to get to me first for attention). My sister says that this is not an example of cats not being smart, it is just a cat being deliberately aloof or independent. Maybe, but I just think that cats are not blessed with animal intelligence as are dogs, some primates, even dolphins. What do you think?
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1/6/06 at 4:19pm