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    Quote Originally Posted by ulfrik
    I guess cats are more intune with there wild instinct because they haven't been domesticated for as long.

    What kind of of animal did the domestic cat descend from?
    Cats domesticated themselves when humans began to store crop and so also made mega stores with mice for the cats.

    The relation between cats and humans really is a symbiotic one, both sides saw the advantage. Humans had less losses in their crop stories and cats had a paradise where mice fly right into their mouth, a nice place and a caressing hand.

    The common housecats descent from the Abessinier cats:



    They live in North Africa's half desert areas (where also today are still wild populations of them) and got imported by the Romans already.
    The European wild cat is much bigger than them and is not the ancestors of housecats.



    To the smart or not smart question. Dont know, many things cant really be compared, because their physical abilities differ vastly partly. It's simply impossible to make a small cat catch a 2meter long branch or to make her surf (because usually cats avoid water). And also their natural living space differs in requirements vastly and so does their natural behavior. So, some is a nonsensical comparison.

    But in general: humans can make dogs do a lot of tricks. Cats make humans do tricks. So, who's the really smart one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyAtkins View Post
    When my father was a boy growing up in Rhodesia they had a meerkat that they had caught as a baby and trained or domesticated in the house,and he says it was not afraid of anything.
    They were somewhat out in the bush but never had any problems with snakes or scorpions or spiders or other beasts because the meerkat would take care of everything.....even the kaffirs were afraid to come near it.
    My cousin who lived close by (in Southwestafrica) had one too, "Stockstertjie" was his name, so when we were walking in the bush in a file, Stockstertjie was following us. Since we walked for hours exploring, chasing baboons and looking for leopards (seldom saw them, but there were quiet a few). Whenever we lost track of the time, we had to run back, because our mothers would give us a hiding if we came home after sunset. Stocksterjie would lead the way than came Fleckies the Foxterrier than us. He would get an egg once at home. Amazing the compass animals have! Fantastic childhood we had!

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    I don´t like dogs. a cat is a single night fighter, you have to go with a dog many times a day, my cats do it alone.

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    Well Obviously

    There's a bigger need for social intelligence in particular. But cats are more dexterous and sharper lone hunters, if that's counted as intelligence.

    Border Collies are the smartest of all dogs!

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    I like to treat animals as I do humans: rather than make sweeping generalizations, I judge on an individual basis as I meet them.
    My own cats are highly intelligent, I would like to add.

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    This doesn't suprise me. How often do you see cat's being trained to hunt or sniff out drug's? Never, you can't train a cat but you can train a dog. Thats what true intelligence is I think, realizing the order of thing's and fitting in it in your place. Cat's dont do this or know order or respect and this is because of the cat's lack of intelligence I believe. I agree with what other's have said earlier that this is why dog's are preferred by Germans and other Germanics historically and that social change's are changing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulcade View Post
    There's a bigger need for social intelligence in particular. But cats are more dexterous and sharper lone hunters, if that's counted as intelligence.

    Border Collies are the smartest of all dogs!
    God, I love collies.. While I plan on adopting a collie of my own, I have a beautiful looking cat that acts exactly like a Dog ; Always runs to greet me when I come home, constantly licks me, sleeps under the covers with me..

    She has a very gentle, patient temperament, and I wouldn't say that she lacks intelligence. She certainly has a personality.

    Cats are often raised poorly, I think. Before I owned a cat of my own, I have to admit, I hated them based on all of my past experiences.. After having one of my own, I realize that most of the irrationally aggressive cats that I've known had owners that didn't really raise them in a particularly loving, caring enviornment. And I've since then met a few who were just like my cat, and some who were rough around the edges but grew to like me.

    If all a cat knows is gentle care and kindness, that cat will grow to be very gentle and kind itself. It it only knows aggression and violence, be it from an impatient, ignorant owner or an aggressive dog, the cat will only naturally shy away from any contact, automatically assuming it to be potentially aggressive in nature.

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    Well, I don't know about "smarter", but cats are certainly more independent. They, overall, aren't manipulated as easily as dogs are. I think that, whether they want to admit it or not, a lot of people are afraid of cats for that reason. They are a little unpredictable. They think for themselves, so in a way that makes them more intelligent. I've met some really smart and loyal dogs though so I feel a little bad saying that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfriede View Post
    Well, I don't know about "smarter", but cats are certainly more independent. They, overall, aren't manipulated as easily as dogs are. I think that, whether they want to admit it or not, a lot of people are afraid of cats for that reason. They are a little unpredictable. They think for themselves, so in a way that makes them more intelligent. I've met some really smart and loyal dogs though so I feel a little bad saying that
    I think you just have to take each animal as an individual.. There are intelligent cats and intelligent dogs.

    My cat is much like myself. It needs affection and love, but not perpetually. I really appreciate that, and I've never felt intimidated by my cat's nature.

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