|Purred: Fri Feb 13, '09 11:09pm PST |
|Okay, school's out for me this term (no, I'm not in junior high school--a bit older than that). So, rather than giving my apartment a thorough cleaning, or doing any of the approximately 176 pressing duties I have on my "to do" list, I'm killing my time with Catster. Forgive me for taking up so much space.
Anyway...today's topic is "Kitty IQ." One reason I decided to try mｙ hand at breeding was--and I know how really obnoxious this sounds--I thought that I could breed more intelligent cats than my own breeder does. Nurture over nature--that's my motto. Well, aside from Leverett, all the kittens are very affectionate, interactive, and seem to show signs of intelligence that even Chibi hasn't shown. The girls, in particular, are either more intelligent than the boys, or better socialized, but they seem to show more signs of having a higher "Kitty IQ" than their brothers. How do I make this distinction? By very primitive means--I'm an ardent cat lover, cat observer, cat caretaker, cat show goer, but I am always, always learning. Anyway, I've noticed that the girls tend to pay much more attention to what's going on with the PC display than the boys are. Hilles seems to be the smartest; she will spend hours next to the monitor, watching letters appear on the screen, the moving cursor, and anything else that moves on the screen...Like those irritating little emoticons that are presently moving around at the right of the screen as I write this (the dancing hamster!).
Right now, I'm living a rather bizarre life with no tv. In my past, I had a cat who would lie on top of the tv and watch the screen with her head held upside down. She particularly loved tennis--she spent the whole Wimbledon season following the volleying tennis balls with her paw. I always considered that a sign of intelligence, as opposed to cats who see things moving on the tv screen but show no reaction. I wonder if there's any data on this? And I wonder what kinds of experiences other Catsters have had with cats reacting to things moving on PC monitors or the tv, and the possible link to intelligence. Obviously, there must be variations in cat intelligence, even if only slight ones; it can't just be human beings who have IQ differences. And I suspect that nurture plays as much of a role in cat IQs as it does with humans. Not that you should love your cat any less if he/she isn't going to be short-listed for the Nobel Prize in Physics, but personally, I've noted seeming differences in intelligence in all my cats, and I wonder about the rest of you.
On a totally off-topic note: In the past, when I have shown students old, classic black and white movies, a few students have told me that they simply couldn't "read" the visual images on the screen because they weren't in color--to them, it was just like watching sludge go across the screen for an hour or more. I was totally floored by this. (Obviously, I'm talking about humans here.) When I was a little girl, in the previous century, heck, we had black and white tv! And we enjoyed it! And I still love watching those old black and white classics...now, does anybody have an explanation for students of twenty or so being neurologically unable to understand black and white images? This is one of the reasons that my job gives me stress...
Okay, that was off-topic. The key question here is, do you think cats have varying IQs? How do you measure them? And how can you influence them? (Had I been a mother to a human child, I would have been insufferable, probably trying to boost my child's IQ even when it was still in the womb.)
Any thoughts? This is meant as a fun topic...fire away!
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