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New Scientist study finds dogs are better than cats
Herald Sun ^ | December 10, 2009 | Daily Mail

Posted on 04/12/2013 8:53:24 PM PDT by Altariel

Study proves what we've always suspected Dogs are better than cats Take that, stupid cats

IT'S a claim that's sure to put the cat among the pigeons.

A STUDY into character, intelligence and usefulness shows dogs are better pets than cats - but only by a whisker.

In the "great pet showdown" experts compared 11 traits from brain size to environmental impact by looking at research published in scientific journals.

Dogs came out on top in six categories to cats' five, the Daily Mail reports.

Staff at New Scientist magazine first listed the areas where cats fared best. These included having bigger brains in proportion to their body size.

Cats' brains also contain more cells, with about 1.4 million more devoted to complex functions such as memory and attention than dogs' brains.

The cats' second point was awarded for being more popular, with 204 million living in the top 10 cat-owning nations compared to 173 million dogs in the 10 countries where canines were most in vogue.

Felines also get more attention from humans, with blissed-out purrs actually disguising a call to be noticed that their owners find irresistible.

Although dogs can vary the length, range, pitch and frequency of their barks, they cannot compete with the attention-seeking of cats.

It was a similar story when it came to senses. Cats can see in lower light than dogs and have a far wider hearing range and a keener sense of smell.

They are said to be "greener" pets because their smaller appetites equate to a smaller ecological footprint - the area of land required to farm their food.

Even a small dog such as a chihuahua has a bigger annual footprint than the average cat.

But in the other six categories examined - many of which related to how the animals interact with humans - dogs had the edge.

Dogs have a longer shared history with humans, and may have been domesticated as long as 135,000 years ago. Cats are relative newcomers to our homes.

Similarly, dogs have a greater ability to bond with their masters. Even four-month-old puppies choose a human companion over another dog, research has shown.

Dogs scored a third point for their superior powers of understanding.

One study found that a border collie called Rico had mastered the meaning of more than 200 words.

Dogs can also follow human gestures, such as an outstretched finger or a nod of the head to find food.

While this may not seem impressive, chimps struggle to do it.

The ability to perform roles such as being a guide dog for the blind meant dogs were rated better than cats when it came to their problem-solving abilities.

And they are also said to be easier to train.

With the scores tied at five-all, the deciding point was awarded for usefulness - with dogs coming out on top.

Dogs, studies show, help cut human stress, while taking them for walks keeps their owners fit and helps them meet new people. New Scientist says: "Dogs can hunt, herd and guard."

"They can sniff out drugs and bombs; they guide blind and deaf people, race for sport, pull sledges, find someone buried by an avalanche, help children learn and possibly even predict earthquakes."

And in a conclusion bound to set tongues wagging, it adds: "Cats are good if you have an infestation of rodents."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; doggieping; dogs; dogsrule; kittyping
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1 posted on 04/12/2013 8:53:24 PM PDT by Altariel
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2 posted on 04/12/2013 8:53:50 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel; Joe 6-pack

Study confirming what we already know about dogs PING!


3 posted on 04/12/2013 8:54:24 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

This thread carries the Michael Vick seal of approval.


4 posted on 04/12/2013 8:56:19 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Altariel

Obviously dog lovers ... no prejudice there. ;-)


5 posted on 04/12/2013 8:56:59 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: Altariel
They are said to be "greener" pets because their smaller appetites equate to a smaller ecological footprint

Really? Can we get away from eco crap anywhere?

6 posted on 04/12/2013 8:58:14 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Altariel

"...yeah, but this cat reads stuff from this decade"

7 posted on 04/12/2013 9:00:18 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Domandred

Think of it this way: another reason dogs are superior. Conservatives are less likely to give a darn about the latest “eco-friendly” nonsense.

(Note how they ignored the number of animals cats kill—birds, rodents, etc—without intention of eating. I’d say that more than makes up for the alleged “benefit” of a smaller appetite. )


8 posted on 04/12/2013 9:00:31 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

But cats are cool. Ever hear the expression “cool dogs”? We have all heard of “cool cats” however.


9 posted on 04/12/2013 9:03:05 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: doc1019

I rest my case. :)

10 posted on 04/12/2013 9:04:52 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

My wife’s response:

“Duh! They needed a study? Who did the study? First-graders?”


11 posted on 04/12/2013 9:06:03 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Altariel

LOL! Point taken. ;-)


12 posted on 04/12/2013 9:06:11 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: Altariel

Dogs are ‘man’s best friend’.

Who is the first follower you normally pick up in “Fallout 3”?

Answer: Dogmeat

Not....Catmeat.

End of debate.


13 posted on 04/12/2013 9:06:51 PM PDT by Sapwolf (Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. -Sowell)
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To: Altariel

“The more I get to know some people, the more I love my dog.”


14 posted on 04/12/2013 9:07:17 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals will never get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Altariel

I prefer the Old Scientist study.


15 posted on 04/12/2013 9:08:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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16 posted on 04/12/2013 9:09:03 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Altariel

Say what you want to say about the importance of dogs when early people hunted the wooly mammoth for food. With out cats an agrarian society couldn’t exist. Put piles of wheat, corn together in a pile and you have a natural cafeteria for rats and mice! The only thing a cat loves more then killing mice is getting pet and sleeping!!!

Ask any farmer that you know about the importance of having cats!!


17 posted on 04/12/2013 9:09:59 PM PDT by deepthought (Keep working, dumbo needs the money!!)
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To: Altariel

LOL, that’s my pups.


18 posted on 04/12/2013 9:11:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: laplata
My dog likes me better than my cat.

Which one likes to wade in the river with me?

19 posted on 04/12/2013 9:13:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: deepthought

dairy farms don’t have a bunch of cats running around because there’s extra milk to get rid of


20 posted on 04/12/2013 9:14:51 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Altariel; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...


21 posted on 04/12/2013 9:15:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: deepthought

Thoughtful comment.

The agrarian progression would need the cat to keep the harvest under control, as well as the spread of disease. However, the steps leading to this level depended upon the dog, and the agrarian level also depended upon the dog for herding cattle, sheep as well as alerting the farmers to dangers threatening the herds or homestead.

Cats aren’t very good at guard duty, and are less than useless in herding animals.


22 posted on 04/12/2013 9:15:39 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: Paladin2

Yep!


23 posted on 04/12/2013 9:16:20 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals will never get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Altariel

Because cats are Liberals.

Whiny, self-centered, demanding and lazy.


24 posted on 04/12/2013 9:16:27 PM PDT by digger48
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To: deepthought

“The only thing a cat loves more then killing mice is getting pet and sleeping!!!”

I’ve known more than one cat who has looked at a life mouse and then at its owner as though to say “You don’t expect ME to touch that, do you?”

Barn cats may love nothing more than killing mice-—not all house cats are the same way.

(which is why dogs are better—even a house dog has an urge to do the work for which it was bred to do).

Or they adapt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb4mU59-7jE


25 posted on 04/12/2013 9:16:47 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

They also ignored how many humans are killed each year by canines versus felids. Even if you include the big cats I’d venture that dogs of all kinds, including pit bulls, wolves, coyotes, dingos and hyenas kill more people every year than lions, tigers, and pussycats.


26 posted on 04/12/2013 9:16:52 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Altariel
~ Dogs Can't Sing ~

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27 posted on 04/12/2013 9:18:35 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: deepthought

I love both my cats and dog. They have different strengths. This ‘study’ is like saying apples are better than oranges.


28 posted on 04/12/2013 9:20:27 PM PDT by yorkiemom
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To: Altariel

No way! :0


29 posted on 04/12/2013 9:21:54 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Hmm....

http://batchgeo.com/map/99b2fb810613237855e0f9bab76fa4a2

Killings Maulings and Escapes by Big Cats by 2011


30 posted on 04/12/2013 9:22:07 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Hodar
Cats aren’t very good at guard duty, and are less than useless in herding animals.

Your post contained several unnecessary words.

Here, let me fix it for you:

Cats aren’t very good at guard duty, and are less than useless.

31 posted on 04/12/2013 9:22:33 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: SkyDancer
Singing dog
32 posted on 04/12/2013 9:25:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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33 posted on 04/12/2013 9:26:03 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: SkyDancer

In fairness, some dogs sing better than others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV1mS0s7GJ0


34 posted on 04/12/2013 9:28:34 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: deepthought

Yepper, I keep horses. Ya got horses ya got
grain, ya got grain, ya got rats, ya got rats
ya got snakes or cats. Pick one.


35 posted on 04/12/2013 9:30:07 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: SoCal Pubbie

“They also ignored how many humans are killed each year by canines versus felids. Even if you include the big cats I’d venture that dogs of all kinds, including pit bulls, wolves, coyotes, dingos and hyenas kill more people every year than lions, tigers, and pussycats.”


Yes, but if you die alone in your home, your cat will probably eat your dead body.


36 posted on 04/12/2013 9:32:40 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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37 posted on 04/12/2013 9:38:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: theneanderthal

I keep dogs for the two legged vermin.

Horses
will kill a coyotee or a stupid dog, they seldom
mess with a cat.


38 posted on 04/12/2013 9:40:13 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: Altariel
we knew this, but thanks
39 posted on 04/12/2013 9:41:34 PM PDT by tomkat
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40 posted on 04/12/2013 9:42:03 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

How many of those were house cats....


41 posted on 04/12/2013 9:43:00 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Altariel

Wow, that’s pathetic. Dogs are better than cats by a small margin, when cat are not even trying to be good.


42 posted on 04/12/2013 9:44:20 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: digger48

If one wants to find the dumbest comments posted on the Internet, just go to FR.


43 posted on 04/12/2013 9:45:22 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/explainer/2012/12/brett_nash_cat_electrocution_case_can_a_cat_kill_you.html


44 posted on 04/12/2013 9:46:28 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Dogs can also follow human gestures, such as an outstretched finger or a nod of the head to find food.

My cat responds to hand signals. And he definitely needs no signals to find food.

45 posted on 04/12/2013 9:48:29 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Promotional Fee Paid for by "Ouchies" The Sharp, Prickly Toy You Bathe With!)
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To: Altariel

Dogs can be entertaining once in a while but as a general rule:

Cats rule, dogs drool.


46 posted on 04/12/2013 9:49:35 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Altariel

Theres nothing scientific about this stupid study. Its nothing more than just a poll of people’s opinions


47 posted on 04/12/2013 9:50:33 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

But cats do not do this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2757998/posts

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NARRATOR: The key to a dog’s ability to read our emotions might lie in something we all do without knowing it.

DANIEL MILLS: When we express our emotions in our faces, we don’t do it symmetrically. It’s been shown that, if you take somebody’s face when they’re expressing some emotion like happiness or anger or something like that, there is a difference between the left and right side.

NARRATOR: Composite faces consisting of two right or two left sides look very different.

DANIEL MILLS: One of the theories is that maybe our emotions are more faithfully presented in the right side of our face, and that’s the side that we tune in to.

And when we look at a face, we have what’s known as a natural left-gaze bias, so you naturally look much more towards the left, i.e. the right-hand side, of somebody’s face.

NARRATOR: Eye-tracking software demonstrates that, when presented with a human face, we nearly always look left first. Daniel Mills wants to find out if dogs use the same trick to read human faces.

DANIEL MILLS: Shifting the direction of your gaze, we thought, was fairly unique to people, until we started looking at dogs.

ANAÏS RACCA (University of Lincoln, England): Taz! Tazy!

NARRATOR: To test the theory, his team recreates this experiment with dogs.

ANAÏS RACCA: Moose, what’s that?

NARRATOR: They present a series of images showing human faces, dog faces and inanimate objects and record the direction of a dog’s gaze with a video camera.

ANAÏS RACCA: We found that dogs, when they are looking at pictures of dog faces or objects, they will look randomly on the left or the right.

NARRATOR: But, when it comes to human faces, they make a remarkable discovery.

ANAÏS RACCA: So now we have Taz looking at a human face. So, first she’s looking in the middle of the screen, and here is the first eye movements on the left. She’s in the middle and she’s going on the left.

So, now, this is Moose, and then we can see really well that this is a left gaze; from here to here. We can see the white here. She’s even moving her head.

NARRATOR: Does this mean dogs can read human emotions? As far as we know, no other animal has this relationship with the human face. And dogs don’t do this with each other. This suggests that dogs have acquired a new skill enabling them to communicate with us on an emotional level.

DANIEL MILLS: Being able to detect when somebody is angry or potentially going to be harmful to them, you could understand that there may be a biological advantage in being able to read people’s emotions and, equally, that it makes sense for a dog to approach somebody when they’re smiling.

If dogs can read human emotion, and increasingly the scientific evidence is beginning to point in that direction, that’s going to form the basis of a very powerful bond between human and dog.

NARRATOR: Evidence like this appears to underpin our conviction that dogs understand us in a way that other animals cannot.


48 posted on 04/12/2013 9:52:25 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

New Scientist study finds dogs are better than cats

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DUH! THANKS CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!

49 posted on 04/12/2013 9:53:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Altariel

Obviously you’ve never heard cats sing the bagpipes.


50 posted on 04/12/2013 9:55:08 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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