Feline Focus

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Tickets are still available for the Saturday, Feb. 5 Sweet Adelines concert. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children 12 and under, and are available at Postnet, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, Senior Center, HSCAZ Thrift Shop, HSCAZ board members and through volunteer ticket captains. For more information about purchasing tickets, call the shelter at (928) 474-5590, ext. 100 or 102. Get your tickets quick!

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Annika

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Baloo

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Clariece

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Hera

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Johnny Cash

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MeiLyng

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Ivy

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Candy Cane

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Sora

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Kringle

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Trylanaire

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O’Leary

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Eggnog

This week we are featuring some of the fabulous felines available for adoption at the shelter. Here are some cat facts that may be of interest:

• Ailurophilia is the “love of cats.”

• Famous ailurophiles include Eartha Kitt, Doris Day, Cleveland Amory, Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway and Albert Schweitzer.

• Although many blue-eyed white cats are deaf, not all are. White cats are often prone to skin cancer, especially on their noses and ears.

• “Polydactyl” means “many toes.” Perhaps the most famous polydactyl cats were those raised by Ernest Hemingway, who had over 60 of these big-pawed charmers at his home in Key West, descendants of a 6-toes cat given to him by a sea-faring captain.

• An adult cat has 30 teeth. It’s important to care for your cat’s teeth. Regular brushing and professional cleaning will help your cat live a better life.

• The tapetum is a shiny green surface that lies behind the retina and bounces light back, making it easier for cats to see with available light. It is also the source of the shiny green orbs you see when a faint light hits a cat’s eyes in the dark.

• A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

• People who are allergic to cats and their dander are actually allergic to a protein in the saliva. Did you know that dander is just dried saliva? If the resident cat is bathed regularly, the allergic people tolerate it better.

• Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.

• Response to cat nip is genetic. One-third of cats do not respond, and males are more likely than females to respond. Sensitivity receptors that respond to cat nip don’t develop until 12 weeks of age.

To learn more about these or any of the wonderful pets available for adoption, please come to the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road or visit us online at humanesocietycentralaz.org.

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