Which is meaner, cats or dogs?



Bonus Cat (below the fold because it also involves mean humans):

And no, I can’t explain that.

And now, from the famous Animal Face off series, Wolf vs. Cougar Remix…

(original wolf vs. cougar is here, embedding disallowed)

This is what is wrong with science education in America!!!!


  1. #1 Jason Thibeault
    October 17, 2009

    Having seen really angry dogs before, that first one looks more like someone tied some string to Rex’s jowls. Dogs bearing their teeth in my experience start from the sides of the mouth.

    I’m happy that lion got to take a swipe at those safari guys… they deserve it. They appear to be worse shots than stormtroopers.

  2. #2 The Science Pundit
    October 17, 2009

    Whoever made that first video needs to learn how to operate a camcorder.

  3. #3 The Science Pundit
    October 17, 2009

    Having seen really angry dogs before, that first one looks more like someone tied some string to Rex’s jowls.

    That might partially explain the bad camera work: holding the camera with one hand and the string with the other can be somewhat tricky.

  4. #4 D. C. Sessions
    October 17, 2009

    Which is part of the reason that I have two watchkitties.

  5. #5 REd Dragon
    October 17, 2009

    The first dog is not actually growling or bearing his teeth aggressively. This looks to me like a “submissive grin” to me. The rest of his body language looks very non-aggressive to me. His eyes are “soft”, and squinty. His ears are relaxed and he is doing his best to avoid prolonged eye contact. All of this says that he is very sorry that the camera is on him and he wants to make you happy so you stop messing with him.

  6. #6 Alcari
    October 17, 2009

    i think the question is wrong. It doesn’t matter, because angry dog will just stand there and bark at you, while angry cats will go poison you in your sleep.

  7. #7 Dave in Texas
    October 17, 2009

    Humans are meaner… by a long shot. Followed by psychotic kitties.

  8. #8 Anne Gilbert
    October 18, 2009

    I’m well aware that these videos are meant to be funny, but it seems to me there is a strong prejudice against cats operating here. And I’m getting extremely tired of it. The cats(and members of the cat family), especially the one in the cage, had something to be upset about; no wonder that cat in a cage was angry! These pictures are being taken completely out of context and prove nothing about the “essential” nature of dogs, or cats! Please sotp this! It’s getting really irritating and is, quite frankly not contributing to anything educational. Greg ought to know better than that.
    Anne G

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    October 18, 2009

    OK, I promise the cats will win next time.

  10. #10 Doug Alder
    October 19, 2009

    Cats always win Greg – they are pure evil and utterly un-tamable – never let that sweet purr and lovely fur fool you. Underneath there’s nothing but pure malice and selfishness brewing away. Cats always do exactly what they want. Piss a dog off and you’ll get snapped at then they love you again. Piss a cat off and it will plot revenge for months if necessary.

    /me has 3 cats and 2 dogs 😉

  11. #11 Erin R
    October 19, 2009

    I have a video that you might like for the next dogs and cats?

  12. #12 Josiey
    April 2, 2015

    I really love animals and I know if cats or dogs are nicer and I have to say that dogs are the nicest cause cats are really mean to dogs but dogs at least try to be nice.

  13. #13 Josiey
    April 2, 2015

    Dogs are way more nicer