February 13, 2012 06:15 PM

These stories are worth a click:

A Czech scientist named Jaroslav Flegr contends that a parasite excreted by cats in their feces changes connections between human neurons, altering our behaviors and changing the very essence of who we are. It has a chaotic effect, according to Flegr: “He also believes that the organism contributes to car crashes, suicides, and mental disorders such as schizophrenia.” –The Atlantic

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which began today in New York’s Madison Square Garden, has parted ways with Pedigree over disagreements about the dog food company’s adoption-themed advertising. “Show me an ad with a dog with a smile; don’t try to shame me,” said WKC’s David Frei. –New York Times

Pet Airways, a company pet owners had once cheered, is now suffering from canceled flights, complaints from customers and financial woes. “We have ups and downs, but we are keeping our eyes on the long-term goal of providing a safe and comfortable transportation option for the pets,” said the company’s co-founder. –New York Times

Dogs in Washington state can now donate blood to other canines in need, and the need for blood has grown as procedures become more advanced and require more blood. –seattlepi.com

A 20-year-old male student in York, England, was arrested for cooking a live hamster in his apartment. The animal, which belonged to the man’s roommate, was found dead in a frying pan in the kitchen. –NewsCore

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