But Only If We Feel Like It

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.brain

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.

So – we are very smart.  But only if we feel like it.

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Why work when you don’t have to?

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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9 Responses to But Only If We Feel Like It

  1. Hmmmm I agree with 99.9% of this, but…as I witness my dog barking like a lunatic by the door as I type this (and my cat remaining blase), I have to question whether or not cats are less patient than dogs………….. 🙂

  2. Sparkle says:

    Hm… that sounds a lot like my human’s brain!

  3. dezizworld says:

    Yep wees awe vewy smawt. And a llot like yous hoomans. Yous want immediate gwatification tu. MOL

    Luv ya’


  4. Anne d says:

    Love those boys!

  5. Now it all makes sense! No wonder I speak cat much better than I speak dog.

  6. And THIS is why they are able to twist us lumbering apes around their widdle pawsies!

  7. Connie says:

    actually you are so smart you don’t feel the need to prove it, nor feel the need to do anything when doing nothing is perfectly acceptable..

  8. Mags Corner says:

    Awwww, the life of a cat. Hugs and nose kisses

  9. Lummy!! You lost me at cortex!! 😉

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