According to Japanese researchers, a Time’s article shares cats may be capable of “episodic memory,” a demonstration of self-awareness that dogs have already been determined to possess. The study by Japanese researchers tested 49 domestic cats in series of exercises that utilizing food containers. Highlights from the abstract included:
- Cats retrieved and utilized both “what” and “where” information from a single event. These results were similar to findings in dogs.
- Incidental memory system might be shared among carnivores and possibly other mammals.
“Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships,” study author Saho Takagi, a psychologist at Kyoto University, told BBC. “…Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, as opposed to the common view of people that dogs are much smarter.”