One time I saw an account on some website somewhere of someone - I think, though I'm not sure, that she was an academic of some sort, though I'm not sure whether a scientist or not - who had selectively bred cats for intelligence over several generations, and her observations of the cats.

The cats lived in her house and there were quite a large number of them, maybe a dozen or so.

She reported the later generations of cats doing some remarkable things, most of which I've forgotten the details of - some of them rather disturbing, like an incident when several cats, working together, somehow lured a flock of blue jays into a room and then shut the window, trapping the birds, and killed them all. Or something like that - I'm not sure.

It was quite a long and detailed account, would possibly run to several pages of type if printed out.

Well, I now can't find the website. Tried searching for "cats bred for intelligence", "cats bred for intelligence experiment" and "cats selectively bred for intelligence" with no luck. (I originally found it via a link from another website - I thought it was a link from a Wikipedia page, but checking the "Animal intelligence" and "Cat intelligence" pages didn't turn anything up either). Does anyone recognise this account and know where it's from?

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    $\begingroup$ You need to sharpen your focus; there's too much uncertainty. What were your search terms? By the way, 12 is not a large number of cats, especially for generations of selective breeding. I'd be impressed with a cat who knew how to lure their prey (mostly cats hang out where there is prey and wait for opportunity.) I'd be impressed with a cat who knew how to shut a window. I'm not surprised to read about cats working together though domestic cats tend to be solitary hunters. But all three? The account as presented is (imo as a one-time many-multiple-cats owner) doubtful. $\endgroup$ yesterday
  • $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because it is too vague. $\endgroup$
    – David
  • $\begingroup$ very little usefull information in your question,not even a date for when you did read the story or what language it was in. $\endgroup$ 17 hours ago
  • $\begingroup$ Well, that's all I remember. It was in English, if that helps. $\endgroup$
    – A. B.
    17 hours ago


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