JGfromtheNW wrote:Cats are just too smart to be pets.
That's a negative how?
I grew up in a home that had a lot of pets from the time I was about 4 until 18 and then have always lived (until this July) with roommates who have cats, dogs or both. I'm not saying I'm an expert, but I am familiar with their general personalities.
Really, it depends on what someone wants out of a pet if intelligence can be a negative thing.
Cats are far more independent and only social when they want to be. I think a lot of their behavior has to do with being more intelligent than dogs (in certain areas). Cats are far more sensitive to mistreatment and/or abuse and are smart enough to develop resentment towards an owner. Not to mention if they are outside cats, they can survive pretty much all on their own with limited contact with it's owners.
Dogs show unconditional love and pretty much only want to please their owners. They generally want to be with their owners as much as possible and the majority of dogs through their first handful of years get intense anxiety when their owners leave. Yes, dogs can be sensitive to mistreatment/abuse, but they generally don't take it as harshly as cats. Dogs are either too dumb to remember or are too dumb to forgive.
That's the only way I could see the intelligence being a negative.