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Cat Owners Have Higher IQs

Update Date: May 30, 2014 06:56 PM EDT

Cat lovers are smarter than dog lovers. While people have forever disagreed whether cats or dogs make the best pets, new research reveals that cat owners are smarter than dog owners.

Researchers said the findings were true, regardless of their pet's intelligence.

The latest study conducted at Carroll University in Wisconsin revealed that people who owned cats were more sensitive and open-minded than dog owners, who were found to be significantly more active.

The findings revealed that cat lovers scored significantly higher on intelligence tests compared to their dog-loving counterparts. However, dog owners tend to be more energetic, obedient and outgoing than cat lovers, according to Live Science.

Researcher Denise Guastello, a psychology professor at Carroll University, said at an annual Association for Psychological Science meeting in Chicago, that the average cat owner is more reserved, perceptive, tolerant and better at breaking rules than the average dog owner.

"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," said Guastello, according to the Daily Mail.

"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," she noted.

The latest study involved 600 students who filled out personality questionnaires and indicated whether they preferred cats or dogs.

The findings reveal that 60 percent of participants preferred dogs. Researchers said that the number of participants who liked dogs was six times the number of cat lovers. Researchers noted that around a third of participants in the study said they liked or disliked cats and dogs equally.

The findings were presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting.

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