Category Archives: Purrpourri

Study Shows Today’s Cats Are Bigger Than Their Wild Ancestors

Unlike other species, today’s cats are bigger than their ancestors. But no one seems to know why.

Today's cats are bigger than their ancestors.

Today’s cats are bigger than their ancestors, but no one seems to know why.

Most species, including dogs, get smaller when they become domesticated. But, perhaps due to their sometimes perverse nature, today’s cats are bigger than their wild ancestors were. 

Why are cats different? No one knows for sure, but experts theorize the reason might be as simple as regular meals.

And it’s possible that this applies only to cats in Denmark. That’s where researchers had the grisly task of sifting through bags of ancient animal bones looking for some that belonged to cats. 

The Vikings And Seafaring Cats

No More Free Rides For Some Emotional Support Animals

Bad news for emotional support animals. There are no more free rides on United unless they’re cats or dogs.

 

There are no more free rides for emotional support animals on United unless they're cats or dogs.

There are no more free rides for emotional support animals on United unless they’re cats or dogs.

Was your emotional support animal hoping for a free ride? Unless he’s a cat or dog, that’s not going to happen on United Airlines. And even cats and dogs will find their wings clipped by tighter rules that went into effect earlier this month.

The flap over emotional support animals apparently began when a woman tried to board a United Flight in Newark with a peacock named Dexter on her shoulders. 

Nothing against peacocks, the airline said, but Dexter was way too big to ride in the cabin. He and his human drove to California.

Ruffling Everyone’s Feathers