We always knew that dog lovers and cat lovers had different personalities, but a new study has determined that due to the environments and viewpoints each tends to prefer, cat lovers are more likely to be smarter than their counterparts.
Live Science reports that a research team led by Denise Guastello, an associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, asked 600 college students whether they preferred dogs or cats and what it is about each animal they find attractive.
Of participants, 60 percent said they were dog lovers while just 11 percent identified as cat lovers. The rest said they liked both or preferred neither animal.
Participants also answered a series of questions to form a clear picture of their personalities.
Dog lovers tended to be more energetic, loyal and outgoing like dogs. Cat lovers tested to be more independent, sensitive and willing to break the rules.
This open-mindedness and ability to think outside the box was reflected in their intelligence tests, as cat lovers scored higher when it came to general intellectual capacity.
Guastello presented her findings at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting, explaining that cat lovers are more inclined to be intelligent because they ignore conformity and are more comfortable by themselves.
She went on:
“It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog. Whereas, if you’re more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”
Dog lovers said they valued their pets’ companionship most while cat lovers named affection as a cat’s most attractive quality.
This was an interesting discovery as it seems that, while dog lovers want a pet to actively participate in their lives, cat lovers believe simple affection is the best way to express love.
Guantello says that people, sometimes subconsciously, select their pets based on their own personalities.
The most favorable behaviors of our pets are increasingly similar to what we like most about ourselves, and we can measure the progress of our own evolution based on the well-being of the animals.