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24th January 2010

Not motivated to please

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We were driving back from the mountains last week, listening to the John Tesh radio show, when he discussed the results of a study that has lingered with me. The study was to determine who was smarter–cats or dogs. Based on a comparison of brain size to body size, cats had bigger brains. Also, when comparing neurological activity in the brains, according to Tesh, cats had almost three times more neuron activity in their brains than dogs did. But despite these factors, Tesh explained, cats were considered far less malleable than dogs; thus, their resistance to obeying even simple commands (not because they don’t know what you want). Dogs apparently have an intuit sensitivity and connection to humans, and they care about the relationship, while cats are simply not motivated to please. This does not surprise me as I think of all the times my cat has ignored my calls to cuddle, so that it feels like a gift when he chooses to sit with me finally. Dogs, on the other hand, are thrilled simply to be near their human friends–part of their pack instinct, most likely, whereas cats are loners. Either way, it feels a lot like rejection (the middle paw in your face kind) and it’s motivating me to consider switching species.

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  1. 1 On January 25th, 2010, CAM said:

    Having just pushed my 60 pound cuddle-obsessed “lap dog” off of me, I can definitely attest to the fact that dogs are far and away more attuned to the humans in their lives! (or at the very least far and away more likely to be close and on top of you!!)
    Not trying to kick off the Dog vs Cat people debate but I’d recommend making the switch!!

  2. 2 On January 25th, 2010, Jackie said:

    I hear you. Unfortunately, some of the humans I live with are not attuned to dogs… I also have to admit that just looking at a cat sleeping (which is what they mostly do), stretching, or washing its face causes me happiness. This somewhat offsets their lack of caring for me unless it suits them.

  3. 3 On January 25th, 2010, Jay said:

    I suggest NOT switching species. Cats are enough trouble.

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