Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Letter to Cats

Dear Cats,

Science told me something. We're smarter than you. Oh, don't feel bad. LOLCats are pretty funny, if sadly reflective of your mental (in)capacity:

The [cats] were tested in three ways, using a single baited string, two parallel strings where only one was baited, and two crossed strings where only one was baited.

The single string test proved no problem, but unlike dogs (which Osthaus has previously tested) no cat consistently chose correctly between two parallel strings. With two crossed strings, one cat always made the wrong choice and others succeeded no more than might be expected by chance.

Osthaus, of Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, said: "This finding is somehow surprising as cats regularly use their paws and claws to pull things towards them during play and hunting. They performed even worse than dogs, which can at least solve the parallel string task."

Much love and pity,

Wally T. Corgador

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Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes! Dogs win again!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Peanut said...

this does not suprise me

6:11 PM  
Blogger MJ's doghouse said...

first of all....oh wally you big stud...i do love to see your face...second of all....duh!

6:29 PM  
Blogger NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Woo know my feelings about this revelation!


6:57 PM  
Blogger Dexter said...

Cats are, well, cats. Need we say more?

Come and visit my bloggy. I left you an award!


7:24 PM  
Blogger Gus said...

Dogs are the bestest, dogs are the bestest

7:54 PM  
Blogger Life With Dogs said...

Thanks for clearing this up. Cracker has gone silent! :)

10:33 PM  
Blogger Emily and Ike said...

So Odin told me that cats do the test wrong on purpose. "If people know how smart they are, they wouldn't leave butter dishes on the counter now, would they?" Whatever.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

Hilarious! I have known it all along! Oh and that pic of you is to die for!

12:29 AM  
Blogger Katherine and Pippa said...

I'm not sure that any self-respecting dog should be doing tests with string. But hey!! anything that says we are smarter than catz has to be cool (but not for catz).


6:27 AM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Hey, Woober Boy!

I've told Merv all about this study, and he is UNPHASED. He pretty much echoed Odin's sentiments and then belly laughed at our naivete.

Stinking cat...

Goob love,

Pee S
I was having WWS (Wally Withdrawl Syndrome), so thanks for the photo. It's doing me a world of good, man!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Woodrow, Luna, MJ Campanella said...

yea dogs - we told you so world we are smart

woodrow sweetie mj

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Marvin said...

Cats are the work of the devil.

I hate cats.

I will have to go and bark loudly outside just to rid myself of my cat angst after reading this dearest Wally.

lotsaluv Marvin xxxx

12:57 AM  
Blogger Tee said...

Hello there Wally,

Dogs Rules!

We've always loved coming back to read your blog - we've even got your address memorized!! and for that we'd like to honour you with an award!

Licks and wags

Tuffy and the Dog WOods Pack

11:56 AM  

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