Cat Tricks Dog Into Getting in Cage Then Shuts the Door

Which is the more intelligent species: cat or dog? It's a debate that has raged among pet owners for as long as anyone can remember.

Science tells us that canines have the upper hand. One study conducted by neurologist Suzana Herculano-Houzel, found that dogs on average have around twice as many neurons as cats.

Neurons are basic information processing units found in the brain. According to Herculano-Houzel, the more neurons present, the more cognitively capable the animal is.

However, research published in 2006 by Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, found cats were better at solving puzzles compared to dogs, who often sought help from their owners.

While the debate rages on, one cat has struck a blow for felines everywhere in a new viral video that has been doing the rounds on social media.

The TikTok account mrmilothechonk is dedicated to the ongoing adventures of Milo, a brown tabby cat that lives with his owner Erika.

Milo has made something of a name for himself on the platform with 1.6 million followers tuning in to watch his everyday antics.

His latest adventure might be his most popular yet, with Erika uploading a video to TikTok chronicling how Milo is able to trick his owner's Golden Retriever, Beckham, into getting inside his cage—and staying there.

It's evidently struck a chord with cat lovers and animal enthusiasts, racking up more than 14 million views in a matter of days. The clip can be viewed here.

@mrmilothechonk

Don’t worry we let our dog out right away whenever Milo does this 😂 #foryou #foryoupage #lol #comedy #cats #catsoftiktok

♬ Sneaky Sneaky - Jim Zartman

In the clip, viewers are taken step by step through Milo's scheme while an accompanying series of captions explains how the con works.

"When Milo is annoyed with our dog and wants him to go in his crate," a caption reads. "He goes and sits in it."

"Which then lures our dog into the crate," the caption continues. "And then Milo quickly exits. Then he stands there to make sure he won't leave."

Then comes the cherry on top.

"Milo then partially shuts the crate door," the caption explains. "Our dog is not the brightest and he thinks he is stuck even when the door is only partially shut."

Throughout this explanation, viewers are shown, step by step, how Milo dupes Beckham into going in his cage. Milo's owner claims the trick is motivated out of jealousy as Milo "does not like sharing" her with their dog.

Milo may not be the biggest fan of his canine companion all of the time, but Beckham's owner is keen to stress their dog never stays trapped for long and they "love him very much."

Regardless of the motives, Milo has been garnering plenty of praise on TikTok with majestic_bob commenting "Your cat learned to herd."

Your_such_a_pick_me felt Milo had "Garfield energy" while va.gamer_girl declared him an "absolute genius." Makeupmandy wrote "Milo is the alpha," and Oks_Kov suggested the cat was "smarter than most adults."

Newsweek has reached out to Milo's owner for comment.

It's not the first time a cat has got the upper hand on a canine rival.

In another hilarious viral video, a feisty feline ended up knocking a dog off a chair after it had the temerity to invade its personal space with a bit of barking.

Of course, there are rare occasions when cats and dogs are able to live together in peace and harmony.

One such example took place in New York, where a Doberman nursing a litter of puppies decided to take in a stray kitten who had been found, abandoned by its mother.

A brown tabby cat and golden retriever.
Stock image of a brown tabby cat and a golden retriever. A similar cat and canine combo has been racking up hits on TikTok Julija/Getty