The study which was published in the Behavioural Processes journal claimed that man’s best friend apparently has the ability to passively remember previous events or what you can call as “episodic memory.”
Now, a team of scientists from Japan conducted their own study and their findings are out to debunk the claim that dogs are more intelligent than cats.
According to the Telegraph, the study got 49 cats as test subjects to find out whether the feline house favorite also had episodic memory.
True enough, results showed that cats are also able to perform well in memory tests.
“An interesting speculation is that they may enjoy actively recalling memories of their experience like humans. Episodic memory is viewed as being related to introspective function of the mind. Our study may imply a type of consciousness in cats,” said Kyoto University psychologist Saho Takagi.
In addition, the test subjects were also able to react well to human actions like facial expressions and other bodily movement.
“Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships. Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, as opposed to the common view of people that dogs are much smarter,” Takagi said.
And here’s the kicker: Cats’ episodic memories might actually last longer than the testing period. So who said dogs were smarter than cats?
In the meantime, check out this video of a pet dog and cat going together through a simple memory test.