Which Is Better?

Cats v. dogs—a serious consideration
By Lisa Wogan, December 2009

New Scientist has stepped deep into the dogs v. cat debate with a comparison of species across 11 categories--from brain size and bond-ability to smell, sight, hearing and domestication. Of course, dogs claim a win but the 6-to-5 squeaker was far closer than I would have thought. Who knew cats, on average, have more acute sniffers? Or that they have a subliminal power in their purrs?

My big takeaway is that cats are understudied. For companion animals that are more popular on a worldwide basis (according to category 4), felines remain mysterious. Why? Because cranky loaners that they are—they are hard to study. Another point in dog’s favor.

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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