Service dog causes chaos at ‘Cats’ performance

A dog ran amok at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” this week.

Spies at the Neil Simon Theatre tell us an audience member’s service dog “got away from its owner and ran after [the character] Bombalurina, performed by actress Mackenzie Warren, during the opening number.”

Luckily, a fast-moving usher “intervened and returned the wayward canine to its mortified owner.”

No word if the dog is “jellicle.”

Why do cats purr?

Humans have long thought that cats purr with contentment. But most cat species have some sort of purring vocalization, so there has to be an adaptive advantage to the behavior. Cats also purr when under stress, such as a visit to the veterinarian. A Scientific American article reports that purring may be related to healing, and bone and muscle stimulation/regeneration.

Because cats have adapted to conserve energy via long periods of rest and sleep, it is possible that purring is a low energy mechanism that stimulates muscles and bones without a lot of energy. The durability of the cat has facilitated the notion that cats have “nine lives” and a common veterinary legend holds that cats are able to reassemble their bones when placed in the same room with all their parts. Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology. The domestication and breeding of fancy cats occurred relatively recently compared to other pets and domesticated species, thus cats do not display as many muscle and bone abnormalities as their more strongly selected carnivore relative, the domestic dog. Perhaps cats’ purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canid cousins. Although it is tempting to state that cats purr because they are happy, it is more plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and a potential source of self-healing.

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The naming of cats is a difficult matter

But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover –
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

TS Eliot–Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats