There are many reasons that cats make wonderful pets. They are fastidiously clean animals. They keep our homes rodent-free. They require less room than dogs and are pretty much self-exercising.
Of course, they do love it when you play with them with a feather on the end of a mini-fishing pole, toss a plush little ball or tease them with simple piece of yarn.
Cats wait for you to settle down in a recliner so they can climb into your warm lap as you watch TV or read a book.
Here in the Rim Country, especially in areas near wildlands, cats that are allowed to go outdoors don't last for long because many predators find them to be just the right size for dinner. Therefore we recommend that cats be indoor pets. You can keep them happy by letting them out on a screened porch, or by building them an outdoor play area that is enclosed on the top as well as on the sides. Keep a pot of fresh green grass available for them and some things for them to climb up on to perch high aloft so they feel safer and have a better view. Be sure they have both sunshine and shade available.
Here are just a few of our friendly felines. You can find many more of our adoptable cats and dogs on our Web site at www.paysonhumanesociety.com.
Ash is a 1-year-old spayed female gray tiger kitty. She has an angelic purrsonality -- so sweet and demure -- that she can get along with anyone.
She is very relaxed and likes to watch people coming and going, but especially appreciates a little personal attention when you have time.
This kitty is a real little lady who is certain to please her new family.
She gets along great with the other cats at our shelter.
Bob is a dashing young 1-year-old neutered male cat. His long fur coat is luxurious and multi-colored and his large, luminous orange/gold eyes are absolutely mesmerizing. And check out his sox appeal!
Bob is not only a handsome fellow, he is also a super friendly guy who is looking for a special purrson to spend the rest of his days worshiping.
Paulie is a very unique 2-year-old neutered male cat. First he has a lustrous long-haired coat with the most unusual markings on his paws. Then there is his habit of catapulting like a cannonball into your arms or onto your back and clinging like a monkey. Quite the gymnast he is, and he does it without scratching. He loves to be in bodily contact with people.
Paulie is about the most loving and funny kitty boy that you will ever find. He enjoys being groomed, stroked and hugged.
So if you need a cat who is very attached to you, Paulie is your guy!
Spot is a 9-month-old spayed female kitty. She is the picture of purrfection in her crisp black and white fur coat.
Spot has a sweet, docile personality, but can be very playful with the other kitties in her kennel. She is looking for a kind family that will love her tenderly forever.
Athena is a very pretty 2-year-old spayed female mackerel tabby. The patterns on her body swirl in feline artistry.
This kitty girl has a vibrant, outgoing personality. She loves people and comes forward readily when they pay her a visit.
Holy mackerel -- don't pass up this opportunity to reel in your next best friend in life!
Get ready for chili
The Friends of Payson Humane Society are getting ready for the 10th annual chili supper. It will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Elks Lodge. The menu will consist of chili, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls and homemade cupcakes.
There will be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and "potluck" sales (selling decorated flower pots which come with an additional gift). The final raffle tickets for both the dog quilt and the Friends of Ferals cat quilt will be sold, with the winners drawn at the end of the evening.
Donations for the silent auction ($50 value or greater, please), or something of lesser value to use as a gift with a flower pot, please contact Penny at (928) 474-4648.
Help at the event, and cupcakes are also needed, call Penny to volunteer.