Originally Posted by timskitties
Originally Posted by jennifer2
Actually if you read the entire article
This is exactly what I mean about the website. It's like the National Enquirer
: big headline Winged Cats
, with some blurry B&W photos, which makes the reader think of flying cats. But then when you risk serious eye strain reading the article, you find it's something totally mundane like fur mats, skin conditions, or deformed limbs.
I didn't think it was a strain at all. In fact, when I saw the headline, I first looked at the photos (which were great!) and then, as I'm one who relies on empiricism, went straight to the part about "what causes the wings."
I certainly hope I'm educated and jaded enough to know that the cats wouldn't have actual "wings." However, because of the documented cases and similar circumstances in other animals, as jennifer2 has attested to, it's clear that there are such abnormalities in some individuals.
This interested me because of the truth behind the myth. I'm always interested to know how myths or cliches got started. I'd not heard of the "winged cat" before this, but (as emma_pen) pointed out, other people have. And as cat lovers, now we have an explaination for those who question or are interested in the myth.
I think this story was much more straighforward that, as Tim suggested, one from the drug store rags. It doesn't suggest that these cats are some supernatural phenomenon or anything of the sort. It reports documented cases of the cats, tells a little about the myth behind them, but then comes right out and says that it's a "disorder" and gives you a load of info on it.
How interesting! The extra leg thing kind of freaks me out, but at least I'll be understanding of a winged cat if I ever happen upon one, rather than think it's a freak from a nuclear dump site.