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Cats Vs. Dogs

Hi all,

Oscar here.

You may have heard recent mumblings in the news about this week's topic. And to be honest, I was a bit skeptical about whether or not I should even publish about it, considering how deeply offensive the implications are, and, how damning to our reputation this information may, (not to mention potentially dangerous) should it fall into the wrong hands.

But I am a journalist first, and a cat second and as such, my obligation is to my constituency—you fine folks—who deserve to be kept fully in the know on all the news that's fit to print.

And so, without further ado, this week's blog is about a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from six different universities around the world and will soon be published in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. The study was, to once and for all, put to rest the debate about who is smarter: cats or dogs.

To conduct this study, the researchers counted the neurons in the brains of cats and compared them to the number of neurons in a dog's brain. The reason for using neurons as the basis of comparison, is because neurons are a type of nerve cell that can be found in the brain that are "basic information processing units." So in short, whichever animal has more of these neurons processing information at any time, is smarter. More information=more intelligence.

Well, as you might have guessed by the thinly veiled concern mentioned above, cats did not come out victorious in this great debate. I'd ask for a recount but we know all to well how that can turn out. And so, I'll hang my head in mild shame and simply try to be content that at least I don't know any dog bloggers out there.

And for all of you cat owners out there, who loved resting on your laurels, admant that your pet was the best, I still say, Cats Rule. Dogs Drool.

Til' next time, 

Oscar

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