Turns out we need to love our cats not just for their beauty, grace, and affection. Cats are also brainier than they’re often given credit for.
Their cerebral cortex is comparable to ours. The cortex is the seat of reasoning, problem-solving, planning, and memory. The cortex also interprets sensory information and emotional input received from subcortical areas.
Cats’ cerebral cortices contain almost twice as many neurons than dogs. And in the area of the cortex devoted to visual processing, cats have more neurons than humans and most other mammals.
Also, cats’ brains contain ninety percent of the folds in the human brain. Brain-folds maximize the amount of surface area.
But in the end, it all seems to come down to personality and character. Cats are less patient than dogs. They are less socially connected. If there’s no obvious or immediate pay-off, cats would rather do something else.