Study finds that cat owners are smarter than dog owners

Study finds that cat owners are smarter than dog owners

Identifying as more of a dog person than a cat person can be a very telling thing about someone.

Having a dog probably means you're more of a social person, due to the fact that you need to walk them and inevitably end up speaking to all the people who coo at your pupper and ask if they can give him a pat. You're probably also more of an accommodating person, willing to look after your pet with the walks, games of fetch and by monitoring his toilet behaviour closely so that lady doesn't yell at you again for not picking up your dog's doo-doo.

Cats, on the other hand, are far more independent. Maybe you prefer putting less effort into relationships, but it also means you might not have the same control issues as a dog person. Cats can be fairly snooty, but if you love them, it shows that you don't need external validation to feel okay.

But aside from all those touchy-feely things, how different are dog and cat owners intellectually? Well, research says that people who own cats are the smarter ones. Sorry, dog-lovers.

Researchers surveyed 600 college students asking them to first identify themselves as either dog or cat people. A variety of questions were then asked to assess the personality and cognitive behaviours of participants.

Denise Guastello, associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and conductor the study, said that many people select their pets based on their own personality. For example, you might see a dog as more outgoing, extroverted and friendly, while cats are more independent and cautious, but also very affectionate to people they trust.

"If you're like that, you appreciate that in an animal, it’s a better match for you," Guastello said.

Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, elaborated upon the study to say: "Cat people are more likely to possess university degrees than dog owners. Educated people tend to work longer hours and opt for pets that compliment their personal circumstances and lifestyle."

For this reason, cat owners are more likely to be more intelligent than dog owners. McKeown told Unilad, "dog people may be more social and outgoing and that cat people are far more sensitive and open-minded. It also noted cat owners were no more neurotic than dog owners."

"Cat people tend to be non-conformist, somebody who stands up for what they believe in despite what anyone thinks which in many ways and perhaps mirrors the independence for which cats are renowned. Cat people also score higher on intelligence tests and more educated!"

Which is somewhat astounding considering no cat lets their human work without doing this:

Still, while cat owners may be smarter than dog owners, it seems that people still have a general preference for pets of the canine variety. Majority of participants in Guastello's study said they were dog lovers, with 60 per cent saying they were dog people, and only 11 per cent saying they preferred cats. The rest said they liked neither (who ARE you?!), or both.

So even if you're not as intellectually astute as your cat-loving friends, at least you can relish in the fact that you're probably going to have more friends turn up at your birthday bash.