Cat Owners Have Higher IQs than Dog Owners?


Who’s smarter? Cat owners or dog owners?

According to a recent scientific study in the UK, cat owners tend to be smarter than dog lovers. (But you knew that, right?)

The study found that university graduates were more likely to prefer cats as pets — possibly because they work longer hours and require lower maintenance pets. Those with college degrees were 36 per cent more likely to have a cat than those without degrees, including dog-lovers.

Bristol University cat expert Dr Jane Murray, an expert in cat diseases, said, “The study has shown many common factors relating to cat and dog ownership, such as a garden and rural location, but it has also identified some notable differences. In particular, the difference in the level of education achieved by a household owning cats and dogs.”

The reason for this association is unclear. It is unlikely to be related to household income but it could be related to household members with longer working hours having less time available to care for a dog.”

Chris Laurence, veterinary director of the Dogs Trust and director of the Feline Advisory Bureau, doesn’t think dog owners should feel slighted. “The relationship between a dog and human is probably closer. If you’ve had cats and dogs, you’ll know that the cat owns you and not the other way round.”


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